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Viliv Computex plans revealed: new MID & netbook, WWAN-a-plenty

Viliv Computex plans revealed: new MID & netbook, WWAN-a-plenty

Viliv have announced their plans for Computex, and there are a few interesting MID and UMPC tidbits that should keep them ahead of the game in the ultramobile space.  As well as obviously demonstrating the latest versions of their existing set-to-ship range, Viliv have promised a 10-inch screen MID (possibly a netbook) and a 4.8-inch MID with keyboard, potentially as in the mockup shown here.

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Clevo TN70M touchscreen convertible Atom netbook live photos

Clevo TN70M touchscreen convertible Atom netbook live photos

Live photos of the Clevo TN70M convertible UMPC/netbook have emerged, courtesy of importer Mobilx.  The 7-inch touchscreen device squeezes in a full QWERTY keyboard, 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 CPU and roughly three hours battery life under load.  It also has a webcam and fingerprint reader.

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Clevo TN70M convertible UMPC/netbook on sale

Clevo TN70M convertible UMPC/netbook on sale

It's been a while since we've seen a UMPC from Clevo - all the way back to March 2008 and the TN120R, in fact - but the company is back with the 1.33GHz Atom Z520 powered Clevo TN70M.  Based around a 7-inch 800 x 480 touchscreen, the 904g UMPC packs WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and optional WLAN.

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Sony VAIO UX390 UMPC gets OS X 10.5.7 [Video]

Sony VAIO UX390 UMPC gets OS X 10.5.7 [Video]

Hackintosh netbooks are nothing new, these days, and so the more extreme OS X tweakers move on to more esoteric hardware.  We've already seen Sony's VAIO UX-series UMPC running Apple's OS, but Micro PC Talk user perrin21 has a particularly slick setup: a subtly modified Sony VAIO UX 390 running OS X 10.5.7 as though it just stepped off a Cupertino production line.

Video demo after the cut

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OQO confirm closure, end of repair service; Tech sale being explored

OQO have confirmed that they have closed down, with no remaining stock to be liquidated and no provision to repair or service any of their UMPC range.  In a statement on OQOTalk, the shortfall is blamed on "financial constraints"; according to Bob Rosin, SVP of sales and marketing at the company, a deal is being explored with another PC vendor, over the OQO technology and engineering team.

SmartQ 7 MID gets video unboxed, tested

SmartQ 7 MID gets video unboxed, tested

The first SmartQ 7 MID has landed with its brave buyer, Steve over at UMPC Portal, and he's done the sensible thing (or at least the sensibly geeky thing) and shot over two hours of unboxing and video testing.  That may seem extreme, but at $189 for a 7-inch touchscreen internet browsing device with WiFi, USB host and more, many people are wondering if SmartQ have delivered on what Microsoft first promised with the UMPC platform.

Video unboxing after the cut

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Intel Medfield smartphones tipped for 2011

Intel Medfield smartphones tipped for 2011

A recent Intel presentation has tipped the company's upcoming Medfield processor as destined for smartphones, rather than merely as the Atom replacement for netbooks and MIDs that the CPU has so far been assumed.  Intel expect "mainstream smartphones" using the 32nm Medfield in 2011, with the processor's smaller board size and reduced standby power both making it suitable for compact devices.

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Fujitsu U820 UMPC gets Windows 7 upgrade [Video]

Fujitsu U820 UMPC gets Windows 7 upgrade [Video]

The Windows 7 RC testing continues, and after we've seen how reasonably it runs on an Atom N270 netbook its time to turn to a slightly more niche gadget.  Fujitsu's U820 UMPC (aka the Loox U/B50N, aka the U2010) may be small enough to lose under a hamster, but it gets a new lease of life with Windows 7: Steve from UMPC Portal has been testing it out, and he's finding longer battery life, faster boot-up and improved touchscreen functionality versus Vista.

Demo video of Windows 7 on the U820 after the cut

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 18 2009

It's been another week dominated by cellphones here at SlashGear, with our exclusive review of the HTC Touch Diamond2 plus plenty of news from the rival Android smartphone camp.  The HTC Magic launched on Vodafone Spain, but we were more interested in the Samsung I7500, a super-skinny slice of 5-megapixel Android loveliness.  Check out the live demo video here.

Eee PC Tablet mod: cheap UMPC

Eee PC Tablet mod: cheap UMPC

With the price of original ASUS Eee PC 7xx-series netbooks so low on eBay these days, it seems a great idea to revisit the concept of modding one into a small touchscreen UMPC.  That's just what EeeUser forum member Mark has done, turning his 701 into a handheld with 2GB of RAM and draft-n WiFi.

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Apple Media Pad concept certainly looks hot

Apple Media Pad concept certainly looks hot

Nothing like a new Apple device rumor to get the concept artists scurrying to their graphics tablets, and there's something particularly alluring about the prospect of an Apple Media Pad.  MacFormat's illustrator Adam Benton came up with these concept shots, envisioning the Media Pad as an overgrown iPod touch.

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Fujitsu LOOX U gets expensive 2GHz Atom Z550 option

Fujitsu LOOX U gets expensive 2GHz Atom Z550 option

Fujitsu are the first to outfit a model from their ultraportable range with the Intel Atom Z550 running at 2GHz.  The Fujitsu LOOX U - variously known as the LifeBook U820 and U2010 in different markets - can now be specified with the faster Atom chip; the existing 1.33GHz Z520 and 1.60GHz Z530 options remain.

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