Flybook v5: Dual-core 8.9-inch convertible netbook hands-on [Video]

November 6, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Flybook v5You probably won’t find the Flybook v5 in the west, but it does seem like an exciting device. It has an 8.9-inch touchscreen display in a convertible netbook form-factor and takes advantage of Windows 7 for all the latest touch gestures.

The specs are quite reasonable too, the Flybook is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core ULV processor and can support a maximum of 4GB RAM. The battery unusually sits at the front of the device rather than the back, but should be good for 4-5 hours. It also features an ExpressCard slot and a couple of USB ports. Check out the video from NetbookNews after the jump for the full hands-on. Read more

Video roundup: VIA netbooks and smartbooks at Computex

June 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

VIA netbooksVIA demonstrated a number of netbook and smartbook devices at the Computex show in Taiwan. It appears that they had quite a big stand, with a wall of netbooks showcasing their processors and chipsets. Unfortunately, most of them are not destined to appear outside of Asia. were on hand to see that VIA were displaying netbooks ranging in size from 8.9 to 11.6-inches. Most were either running VIA Nano or C7-M processors. Some were combined with the VX855 chipset that can handle 1080p video with CPU usage at around 20 percent. JKK Mobile was also at the booth and was shown some ARM-based designs from VIA, including the Firstview PC-706 smartbook. Click through for these VIA netbook and smartbook demonstrations.

Update: Another video below shows the Flybook 11.6-inch mini-notebook. This is powered by VIA’s VX855 chipset, supporting 1080p HD video playback. This unit comes with an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) display, VIA U1700 Nano CPU and Chrome9 graphics. Other features include 1GB RAM, a 4-in-1 card reader and three USB ports (no HDMI-out I’m afraid). It should be out in the next few months for around the $400 mark. Read more