Up close with the new Viliv X7 Android, X70 Windows slates

I got a chance to heck out some of the new tablets Viliv introduced last week at CES. The X70 is Windows 7 Slate is an update model of the current X70, with fewer buttons and a shiny new Intel Atom Oak Trail processor (which means it won’t be available for purchase for a little while), while the Viliv X7 is a 7 inch Android tablet.

The Viliv X70 Windows 7 Slate has a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display and a 1.5GHz Intel Atom Oak Trail CPU. It will be available with 1-2GB of RAM and Windows 7 Starter or Home Premium. It has a capacitive multitouch display,802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G connectivity, as well as HDMI output and support for 1080p HD video. It comes with a 32GB SSD and a 5600mAh battery which Viliv says should provide up to 6.5 hours of run time.

One of the most unique features is a capacitive touchpad built into the side of the case, letting you move an on-screen pointer much as you would with a mouse or touchpad.

The demo unit I got to check out was stuck on a wall, so I couldn’t check out things like how it handles screen rotation. But it had a nice, clean looking design with a couple of capacitive touch button above and below the screen, unlike the current Viliv X70 line which is covered with push-buttons. The tablet weighs 0.92 pounds.

The Viliv X7 looks almost identical on the outside, but instead of Windows-specific touch buttons below the display it has the usual Android Home, Menu, and Back buttons.

On the inside, the X7 has a 1GHz Samsung Cortex A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive multitouch display, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G or WiMAX, front and rear cameras, and Google Android. Right now the tablet is running Android 2.2 Froyo, but an Android 3.0 Gingerbread update is scheduled.

The tablet will be available with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of storage and has an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and compass. Like the X70, the Android tablet will have a 5600mAh battery. The difference is that the Android version will reportedly get 9.5 hours of run time from that battery. The tablet weighs 0.88 pounds.

In my brief hands-on, this tablet seemed to be one of the most responsive I’ve used, but I didn’t get to spend that much time with it.

  • Greg

    What do you mean by “responsive”? It’s a stand-in for what you really mean, so just say that instead. It’s not the tablet that’s responsive. That makes no sense. It’s some aspect of the tablet that’s responsive, so mention which one. Do you mean that when you talked to it, it talked back? Do you mean that when you entered a URL into a browser, the page rendered instantaneously? Do you mean that when you plugged it in to the wall the battery charged immediately? These would all be great properties of a responsive tablet, and I’m sure none of them apply. What are you talking about? Not all responsiveness is even good. If you picked it up and it fell to pieces in your hands, that would be bad. Please mention by name what you’re talking about and why it’s important. Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      “Responsiveness” is a general references to system performance through the interface. So refers to how quickly the system responds to input controls.

      Examples include how fast the screen rotates, how quickly a program will open or close, how long any lags are like while drawing for example, etc.

      It’s a Slate, so responsiveness is very important for touch controls.

  • Anonymous

    He means how quickly things responded during use.