While Intel and AMD grab all the headlines in the US netbook and ultraportable market, chip maker VIA is making headway in Asia. The Chupin C855 is a Chinese 12.2 inch laptop sporting a VIA Nano processor and VX855 chipset which is capable of 1080p HD video playback.
The C855 isn’t unique. VIA is pushing the platform throughout the developing world with its Global Mobility Bazaar program. But the Chupin C855 is one of the first of these laptops to be reviewed.
According to the review, the laptop performs as promised, with hardware acceleration for H.264 and VC1 HD video playback.
When it comes to CPU performance, it looks like the 1.3GHz Via Nano U1700 offers similar performance to a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280, although the Nano chip seems to be a bit slower at some tasks.
Oh, and as an added bonus, the reviewer decided to dissect the laptop so you could see the motherboard, wireless module, and other components. You can see more pictures at digi.sohu.com.