Long before there was an Intel Atom processor for low power mini-laptops and tablets, there was the VIA C7-M. This processor has fallen out of favor in recent years, and it’s not quite as fast as the Atom chipset. But it is an x86-based chip, which means you can run Windows, Linux, or pretty much any other operating system on a computer with a VIA C7-M chip. And some PC makers are still building systems using this chipset.
Jkkmobile stumbled across the booth for a Hong Kong based company called Pierre Cardin (no relation as far as I can tell), where several 5, 7, and 9 inch tablets with were on display. They all had VIA C7-M chips, and some of the newer models had a nifty cover with a built in keyboard. You could close the case over the tablet and throw it in your bag. Or open it up and use the tablet like a laptop.
That’s probably the most exciting feature. But as far as cheap tablets from Hong Kong go, these machines look pretty decent. They come in a variety of colors, with either capacitive (multitouch) or resistive (single touch) displays. The tablets also have SIM card slots and optional 3G modems.
You can check out jkkmobile’s video after the break.