Viliv’s S10 Blade appeared late last year and then quickly disappeared in the tidal flow of new gadgets in the first two months of 2010. But its back now, thanks to the folks over at UMPC. Chippy at UMPC has managed to get hands on time with a production sample and so far it shows nothing that is really outstanding.
The Viliv S10 Blade is what some people are calling netvertibles. These are the convertible netbooks. They are much like convertible laptops but with all the features (and signs) of a netbook. The first one that hit the market in a major way was the Asus Eee PC T91, followed quickly by the T91MT.
This one from Viliv uses a multitouch resistive touchscreen along with keyboard. The display is 10.1 inch diagonal and the there is a removable lithium-polymer that will supposedly last for 10 hours. There is also an 1.8″ access panel for storage. The device that was reviewed had an Intel Atom Z530 which is clocked at 1.66GHz.
In the review, the S10 is put through tests that show its response to 3point touch as well as onscreen typing. There were some issues with palm rejection, which means you could accidentally trigger something or ruin your finger painting with palm smudges. Zooming in and out of webpages and handwriting input were also tested.
It does look pretty good in person and what we can see in the review is apparently 98% complete, so all the major components are in place with only a few tweaks left to go. It will be available form Dynamism very soon and you will have several choices of customization before your buy your S10. The website mentions that you can have a 2.0GHz processor as well.
The sleek design and the convertible aspect of it might win it a few loyalists but this form factor has always been a bit of novelty and not much of a functionality oriented device for the masses. Niche uses are many though.
Viliv has been known for making small MIDs and tablets that are mostly part of the pock pc segment. They changed this image at the IDF this year by releasing the Viliv S10 Blade convertible tablet. This 10inch device is the first real netbook from the company. The S10 being a Viliv, there is a lot of innovation that has gone in to the making of this device.
The S10 has a 10inch screen that has a native resolution of 1366×768 pixels. It runs Windows 7 and will offer some options for customization to the customer. There is a choice between a 1.33GHz processor or a 2.0GHz processor, both Intel Atom. Storage is in the form of an SSD, with an option to choose between a 32GB one and a 64GB one.
Connectivity is taken care of by the usual WiFi and Bluetooth. There is an option to include a 3G broadband modem for those who want to surf on the go.
The battery life that Viliv claims is quite good – 10 hours. That too with the battery not sticking out of the device but resting flush mounted with the rest of the components. Most extended batteries have the problem of jutting out of the device.
The device is a convertible tablet and the touchscreen is resistive. There is no indication from Viliv whether the touchscreen will support multi-touch but it is clear that such a new device would be incomplete without support for multi-touch.
A high degree of portability is a definite selling point for this device and it shows that the company has worked on this aspect. After all, a tablet that is not very portable is hardly a good tablet. The S10 has not been updated on Viliv’s official website and is not on sale at press time.