What’s Missing in the $699 Viliv S10 Blade?

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Viliv showed off its S10 Blade touchscreen netbook at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show, but kept mum on pricing and availability. Here in the U.S. the device is now available for pre-order now appears as “coming soon” through Dynamism with a starting price of $699. That’s the lowest configuration available and although the S10 supports 3-point multitouch, it won’t work out of the box on this model due to the installation of Microsoft Windows XP Home. You’ll either need to bring your own Windows 7 license or bump up to one of the seven other configurations — none of which have a price just yet.

All configs offer the 1366 x 768 10.1″ swivel screen with resistive multitouch panel, 1 GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 +EDR, 43 W/hr battery and integrated webcam, but they differ by processor, storage and integrated HSPA 3G options. You can power the S10 with one of two Intel Atom processors — the 1.6 GHz Z530 or 2 GHz Z550. This platform paired with the battery is estimated at 10 hours of run time, so I’d expect to get through a full 8-hour workday with the S10. The three storage options include a traditional 60 GB hard drive or an SSD drive in either 32 GB or 64 GB capacity. No telling what the high end models will cost, but I could easily see them approach the $1,000 threshold once an S10 is fully loaded. UMPC Portal envisions the top end model hitting around $1,200.

While the Viliv S10 has the looks of a Tablet PC in a netbook’s clothing, keep in mind that Windows XP Home Edition doesn’t offer Microsoft’s Tablet PC functions. So I’m a little surprised that the base pre-order device isn’t offered with the Windows XP Tablet Edition operating system. And even if you opt to use Windows 7 for inking, bear in mind that the resistive touchscreen will offer a sub-optimal experience. It’s likely to be usable, but not nearly as good as a Tablet PC with an active digitizer.

Anyone pre-ordering or is this feature-set at $699 causing you to pass?

 

Images courtesy of Dynamism

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