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Jan 20, 2009 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 5 views

Korean manufacturer Yukyung unveiled a large mobile Internet device (MID) equipped with an Intel Atom Silverthorne Z520 running Linux at 1.33GHz. The Viliv X70 Communications MID is equipped with a 7-inch, 1024×600 touchscreen, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, WiMAX, HDSPA, and even a hard drive.

(Click for larger view of the Viliv X70 Communications MID)

Also available with Windows XP, the Viliv X70 is being released under Yukyung's Viliv brand in conjunction with two similar, Intel Atom-based MIDs, both of which exclusively run Windows XP. The Viliv S5 Entertainment MID offers a 4.8-inch touchscreen, while the 7-inch Viliv S7 Productivity MID offers a swivel display that flips up from a hidden keyboard. Previous Windows-based Viliv handhelds include the Viliv P2 NAVI and X2 devices.

The X70 matches its Intel Atom Silverthorne Z520 with the usual Intel northbridge/southbridge companion chip known as the SCH US15W (aka “Poulsbo”). The X70 ships with 1GB of RAM, plus an 8GB or 16GB solid-state drive (SSD), and a 30GB or 60GB hard disk drive (HDD). The Viliv X70 is dubbed “the Communicaton MID,” thanks to its multiple connection options, including HDSPA, WiMAX, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. An SD/SDHC memory card slot, speakers, and microphone are also included.

The company did not reveal the battery used in the sleek, 8.3 x 4.6 x 0.9-inch device, but the X70 is touted for an impressive 200 hours of standby time and six hours of video playback. There is no keyboard, but a virtual keyboard is said to be available with the touchscreen interface.

Specifications listed for the Viliv X70 include:

  • Processor — Intel Atom Silverthorne Z520 at 1.33GHz with SCH US15W chipset
  • Memory — 1GB RAM
  • Flash — 8GB or 16GB SSD; SD/SDHC memory card slot
  • Storage — 30GB or 60GB HDD
  • Display — 7-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600)
  • Wireless broadband — 802.11b/g WiFi, HSDPA, WiMAX
  • Bluetooth — Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • GPS — SiRF StarIII
  • USB — 1 x USB port
  • Audio — audio output; mic; stereo speakers
  • Other I/O — 1 x multi-I/O for cradle
  • Battery life — 200 hours standby time; 6 hours continuous movie playback
  • Dimensions — 8.3 x 4.6 x 0.9 inches (210 x 117 x 22.5mm)
  • Weight — 1.5 lbs (660g)
  • Operating system — Linux; Windows XP


No information was offered on the pricing or availability of the Viliv X70 MID. More information may be found here.

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