You'd think we'd seen every form factor and possible processor combination from Computex already, but III have still managed to surprise us. Their hybrid system combines the base of an HP Mini 1000-series netbook, from which the Intel Atom processor has been junked and replaced with a 1.6GHz VIA C7-M CPU. Meanwhile the display has been replaced with a detachable touchscreen slate, with its own processor, and running Android. The two can be used separately.
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Chinese OEM Tongfong and VIA have announced the latest Via Nano based ultraportable, the Tongfong S30A. A mere 33mm thick and tipping the scales at 1.4kg, the S30A has a 13.3-inch display, integrated DVD burner and 2GB of RAM; it uses the VIA 1.3GHz Nano U2250 processor together with the unified VIA VX800 MSP and discrete S3 Graphics Chrome 435 ULP graphics making for a HD-capable machine.
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It's not all Tegra and Snapdragon at Computex this week: VIA are also making an appearance with their processors showing up in the latest devices. One such example is this iDOT CCI 3.8-inch mobile internet device (MID). Using the familiar sliding form-factor of Aigo's MIDs, the CCI device has an 800 x 480 resistive touchscreen, full QWERTY keyboard and runs either VIA's 500MHz fanless Eden ULV CPU or an 800MHz Freescale MX51.
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VIA and Shuttle have put together the latter's first SSF (small form factor) PC based on the former's Nano processor. The Shuttle XS29F pairs the Nano U1700 CPU with VIA's VX800 media system processor, meaning that unlike many nettops the XS29F has both VGA and DVI Dual video outputs.
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As brand names go, Dr. Mobile at least goes some way to telling you what the company is all about: ultramobile products like netbooks and notebooks. Dr. Mobile first showed off its VIA-based netbook wares at CES back in January, and now HowToBeMobile has grabbed some hands-on video time with the new 11.6-inch Dr.Mobile FreeStyle 1300n.
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VIA have announced a new media server Mini-ITX board, the VIA VB8002, running the company's 1.6GHz Nano processor and offering HDTV output and 7.1 HD surround sound. The VB8002 uses VIA's CX700M2 media system processor, and should be able to connect with pretty much any display you have, digital or analog: ports include DVI, S-Video, component and composite, together with coaxial and optical S/PDIF for digital audio.
The OLPC project has had a welcome injection of orders from a market that was once among their most-vocal critics. The Indian government have bought 250,000 XO laptops, after their attempts to create a $10 laptop rival failed; the challenge began after a successful 2007 trial of the OLPC’s machine in which 20 XO units were placed in a Maharashtra school.
Samsung's NC20 VIA-based netbook may have been on retailers' shelves since last week, but the company has only just got around to publishing their official product page for the netbook. No new details have been revealed, aside from the official runtime estimate of "up to 6hrs" from the standard 6-cell battery.
Images of a so-far unannounced VIA NAS have emerged, the VIA NSD7200. A compact desktop unit with three USB ports and what's likely to be a gigabit ethernet connection, the NSD7200 was promised for launch at the Embedded World 2009 conference back in March, but nothing has been heard regarding it since.
All eyes may be on Samsung’s latest 10-inch netbooks right now – the N110, N120 and N310 – but we shouldn’t forget the company’s VIA Nano marvel. The Samsung NC20 is a slightly larger machine, at 12.1-inches WXGA, and uses the VIA Nano U2250 1.3GHz processor; it’s now on sale at Newegg, priced at $549.99.