Charbax at Arm Devices has posted a video review of the Hivision PWS700CA, an ARM-based min-laptop running Google Android. The device has a 600MHz ARM-based CPU, 128MB of RAM, and a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display. It supports WiFi and Ethernet connections and can handle 720p HD video playback. It also weighs just about 1.4 pounds.

The Hivision netbook is designed to be dirt cheap. But I think Charbax gets a bit carried away when he hears the prices of OEM devices from Chinese manufacturers like Hivision. Just because Hivision is charging distributors about $98 for the equipment doesn’t mean we’ll ever see the mini-laptop sold for under $100. Still, the PWS700CA could certainly be rebranded and sold for under $200.

The browser seems pretty responsive. But the user interface is clearly designed for a touchscreen device like a phone, not a laptop with a touchpad or mouse. Out of the box there’s no support for the Google Android Marketplace for third party applications. But Hivision has created their own app store with access to a handful of programs that can run on the device.

You can check out Charbax’s video after the break.

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8 replies on “Hivision 7″ Android netbook reviewed”

  1. Looks suspiciously like yet another Razorbook rebadge. These sell for about £100 in the UK if you shop around.

  2. Android Marketplace is missing.For instance,Dolphin browser is better than Chrome!

    1. Marketplace can probably be hacked onto it. Isn’t the Dolphin browser also optimized for touch screens?

      1. Marketplace is important!With WM5,only PIE was available.Skyfire browser is an important alternative now!Android must support large non touch screen and windows management for netbooks!

  3. The Android OS and everything is all well and good, but the keyboard just doesn’t cut it for me.

  4. Hmm, I’m definitely starting to like the thought of merging Android and tablets… This also goes to my theory that smartbooks and android are a bad fit for one another… Interesting video though. The A9 looks like a VERY strong processor. The days of needing x86 support may be coming to an end here in the next few years if we can get that much functionality out of a less than 1w processor.

    1. Just to clarify, this laptop uses an ARM9 processor, which is much slower than an ARM Cortex A9 processor.

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