Not to be outdone by Asus' new Eee PC 701 UMPC,
VIA Technologies has a new mobile PC of its own to show off. Palm may also be
running for cover after the lukewarm reception that
its Foleo received when it was announced last week. The new NanoBook Ultra
Mobile Device (UMD) Reference Design is built on the VIA UMD platform and packs
quite a punch into a pint-sized package.
The NanoBook is capable of running various flavors of Linux,
Windows XP or Windows Vista and supports MobilityPLUS Modules. MobilityPLUS
allows the customer to install optional accessories into a slot next to the
screen such as VoIP phones, GPS, DVB or 3G wireless solutions.
The NanoBook features a 7" WVGA touch screen
display, 1.2GHz VIA C7-M ULV processor, VIA VX700 chipset, 1GB DDR2 memory,
30GB HDD 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth, 4-in-1 media reader, two USB 2.0 ports
and a DVI port.
The portable device measures 9.0" x 6.7" x
1.5" and weighs just 1.87 pounds. VIA says that the NanoBook can operate
for up to 4.5 hours on its 4-cell battery.
"The VIA NanoBook UMD Reference Design turns my dream
of creating a full featured Ultra Mobile Device that delivers a rich computing,
communications, and Internet computing experience into a reality," said
Wenchi Chen, President and CEO of VIA Technologies. "With its
highly-functional yet ultra compact form factor and extended battery life, it
will enable people to enjoy the Mobility 2.0 lifestyle at any place and any
VIA has already signed up one partner to use the NanoBook
UMD reference design: Packard Bell with its new EasyNote XS. "The EasyNote
XS is a ground breaking new device that combines the functionality of a PC with
the convenience of a handheld," said Roger Yuen, VP of Asia and Global
Operations for Packard Bell. "We are very excited about the potential of
this new category of Ultra Mobile Devices in the market."
The VIA NanoBook will be available from OEMs and system
integrators in the second half of 2007 and has an estimated price tag of $600.