It’s ironic that what a year or two would’ve been called a UMPC (and, frankly, ignored by most people, tech writers included) is now called a touchscreen netbook and garners far more interest. Latest on the block is set to be the Kohjinsha SK3, an upgrade to the existing 7-inch SC3 UMPC. Among the changes are a new battery and upgraded cameras.
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.
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.
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
Archos' press event yesterday fell short of delivering the Android tablet many had suspected was on the cards, but CEO Henri Crohas did spare a few words in his keynote about the company's Android development. What they did announce was the Archos 9 PC Tablet, and ArchosFans were on-hand to grab a video demo.
More details, plus Archos 9 video demo after the cut
The Archos press event was today, but contrary to our expectations the company didn't take the opportunity to whip out their Android tablet. Instead, they brought this behemoth: the Archos 9 PC Tablet, an 8.9-inch touchscreen UMPC running Windows 7 on an Intel Atom Z515 1.2GHz processor.
Updated with full specifications after the cut
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
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.
From a web tablet render to one almost on the market. Viliv's X70 UMPC may have only half the screen size of the CrunchPad, but it's capable of a whole lot more than simple web browsing and media playback; jkOnTheRun have followed up their first-impressions video with a more comprehensive usage report.
Color us a little confused on this one, but we'll never knowingly turn down a cool touchscreen tablet. According to our tipster, you're looking at the 8-inch wireless control unit for Hong Kong telecoms provider PCCW's new Eye 2 service, which will blend multimedia services like NowTV, Moov and Snaap! with video calling.
Video of the device in action after the cut