updated 04:15 pm EDT, Tue July 7, 2009
Viliv S7 UMPC shipping
First shown last summer, Viliv's S7 UMPC is now available for purchase in the company's home market of Korea. Viliv is offering three versions, all powered by a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 with 1GB of RAM and running on Windows XP. The lowest-end model includes a 60GB hard drive, the mid-range model includes a 32GB solid state drive (SSD) with the flagship adding a DMB digital TV tuner to the SSD model.
All S7s ship with a 7-inch touchscreen with 1024x600 resolution, along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the option of WiMAX. International versions of the device will offer the 1.33GHz Atom chips with hard drives or SSDs, as well as 3G data network support. A flagship model is expected, which is due to sport a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, the 3G radio and Windows Vista with a free upgrade to Windows 7.
Viliv claims the S7's battery life is good for 9.5 hours of operation or 7 hours of video playback, all in a device that weighs about 1.8lbs.
Equivalent pricing for the Korean models ranges from $570 to $670, and there is no word on pricing for the international versions of the Viliv S7. There's no word yet of an official S7 release in North America, but importers should carry the system in the near future.