Sure, VIA may have published all the specs for its new OpenBook reference design online. But nothing beats a good video of the insides of a new laptop. So VIA’s Tim Brown shot a little notebook looks like with its case taken apart.

The OpenBook isn’t in production yet, so we’re looking at a prototype here. And VIA won’t be marketing these computers under the OpenBook name. Rather, the reference design was created so that other hardware makers could put together computers designed for use with the VIA C7 and Nano processors. To make it as easy as possible for manufacturers to modify the OpenBook according to their needs, VIA has included two 56 pin connectors for PCI Express Mini cards.

Brown shows how easy it is to snap an HSDPA or WiFi module into place. The idea is that PC makers will be able to customize the machines. But in practice, this should also make the machines great for end users who want to add a little oomph. If you purchase a model that has WiFi but no Bluetooth or HSDPA, it looks like it should be pretty easy to add your own modules without pulling out the soldering iron.

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