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Viliv X70 UMPC delayed by components shortages

Viliv X70 UMPC delayed by components shortages

Preorders for Viliv MIDs and UMPCs just don't seem to be blessed with the best of luck.  After the Viliv S5 launch brought down importer Dynamism's servers and left many struggling to complete their orders, the launch of the Viliv X70 has been struck by components shortages at the factory.  In an email to those who preordered the 7-inch touchscreen device, Dynamism suggests that "MIDs have been especially popular this year" which surprised components suppliers.

Viliv S7 UMPC battery testing: 7.5hrs Xvid playback

Viliv S7 UMPC battery testing: 7.5hrs Xvid playback

Anticipation for Viliv's next UMPC, the S7, is increasing, and considering the Korean company has become the poster-child for the much-misunderstood segment that's no real surprise.  After being spotted in the wild last week, now Lazion have managed to pin an S7 down for some battery testing.

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Viliv S7 touchscreen netbook caught in wild [Video]

Viliv S7 touchscreen netbook caught in wild [Video]

With pricing and final specifications - for its Korean home-market at least - confirmed, the first Viliv S7 engineering prototypes are finding their way into the public eye.  The company has been showing off the 7-inch convertible touchscreen UMPC, including its new "Shuffle" UI.

Video demo after the cut

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Viliv S7 flagship with 2GHz Atom & 3G tipped for international buyers

Viliv S7 flagship with 2GHz Atom & 3G tipped for international buyers

Earlier on today we told you about Viliv's Korean prices and specifications for their upcoming S7 convertible touchscreen UMPC; now we have word on the international versions.  Not only will these offer the same Intel Atom Z520 1.33GHz processor, but there'll also be a "flagship" model with a 2.0GHz Atom processor (likely the Z550), a 32GB SSD, integrated 3G and a free upgrade to Windows 7.

Viliv S7 UMPC gets priced, full spec revealed

Viliv S7 UMPC gets priced, full spec revealed

Viliv have announced pricing and final configurations for their upcoming convertible touchscreen UMPC, the Viliv S7.  The 7-inch device has a full QWERTY keyboard, together with up to 9.5hrs of runtime from a single charge, and can be outfitted with optional WiBro in Korea.

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Viliv X70 preorders today; video review & teardown

Viliv X70 preorders today; video review & teardown

Viliv's X70 UMPC goes on sale today through importer Dynamism, and as we've already reported there's a clutch of goodies for the first 777 buyers.  Priced from $599, the X70 has a choice of 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Intel Atom processors and SSD storage from 16GB; we've already seen one very positive review; now jkkmobile has put up his own video review of the X70 Premium 3G, the HSPA-equipped version of the 7-inch touchscreen device.

Video review of Viliv X70 after the cut

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Viliv X70 preorders from July 6th; freebies for first 777

Viliv X70 preorders from July 6th; freebies for first 777

We already knew the Viliv X70 would start from a terribly reasonable $599, but now we've heard from importers Dynamism that presales for the 7-inch UMPC will start at 1PM EST on July 6th.  The first shipment of the Atom-based touchscreen handheld is expected on July 28th, and just to make sure every one of those gets a new home to go out to, there are a few tempting offers available to those who preorder.

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Viliv S5 Premium 3G MID gets US import price

Viliv S5 Premium 3G MID gets US import price

Importer Dynamism have announced pre-order pricing for 3G-enabled HSPA version of the Viliv S5 MID.  Available for some time now in Korea, the US Viliv S5 3G will not carry the "Air" title as it does there, but will still come with SSD storage.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 24 2009

After Palm's big moment last weekend, Apple once again seized the headlines with their WWDC 2009 keynote on Monday morning.  We showed up to liveblog the whole announcement, expecting a new smartphone, and the company delivered in the shape of the iPhone 3G S - twice the speed, twice the storage, and the same styling as the iPhone 3G - together with a launch date for iPhone OS 3.0.  However, Apple weren't content with just that: they also brought along a new MacBook Pro range complete with integrated batteries; check out our video unboxing and first-impressions.

Viliv X70 UMPC gets reviewed: best 7-inch handheld yet

Viliv X70 UMPC gets reviewed: best 7-inch handheld yet

We've already seen enough of Viliv's X70 to know it could arguably be the company's best device to-date, and now the first full review of the 7-inch UMPC is in from our friend Steve over at UMPC Portal.  He describes the X70 as "the best 7-in Tablet UMPC we've ever tested", praising its great build quality, long battery life and impressive web browsing and media playback.

Video demo of X70 running StreetDeck PND app after the cut

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Viliv X70 and S5 MID video comparison

Viliv X70 and S5 MID video comparison

Attention for the MID platform seems to be increasing every day, and the poster-children of the new ultraportable revolution are Viliv's S5 and X70.  The 4.8-inch S5 paved the way, and now even hitherto-doubtful people seem to be paying attention to the 7-inch X70, not least because of its $599 starting price.  jkOnTheRun's James Kendrick is one of the few people with both Viliv models on hand, and he's been answering questions about the pair in a video which you can see after the cut.

Video comparison of S5 and X70 after the cut

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Viliv X70 MID priced from $599

Viliv X70 MID priced from $599

It's had nowhere near the coverage of their S5 MID, but the Viliv X70 looks set to gain a whole lot more attention now that preorder pricing has started to emerge.  Importer Dynamism is listing the X70 for $599; whether or not you think that's good value for a 7-inch touchscreen UMPC with 6 days standby, it's certainly well priced against the S5.

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