The Viliv S10 Blade convertible tablet-style netbook hasn’t started shipping yet, but it is available for pre-order for $699 and up. While it’s not exactly the cheapest netbook on the market, it has a number of premium features and a very nice case design. Chippy at UMPC Portal managed to get his hands on a pre-production unit and he’s posted a rather extensive first-look at the S10 Blade.

You can check out the video after the break, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The touchscreen doesn’t appear to be very responsive when using the multitouch screen to zoom in the web browser.
  • There’s no palm rejection for when you’re drawing or handwriting.
  • It’s available with either a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z530 or 2GHz Atom Z550 processor.
  • There’s a SIM card slot under the battery for an optional 3G modem.
  • A mini-USB port works with Viliv’s transfer software that lets you copy files from one PC to another.
  • The custom I/O port lets you connect VGA, S-Video, or composite video outputs. There’s also a standard VGA port.
  • The battery is flush with the base of the unit, and doesn’t extend to the back, which means it will be hard to make an extended, high capacity battery for this model.
  • You can remove the access panel door to upgrade the hard drive/SSD without a screwdriver. Just pop out the battery and slide off the panel door.
  • There’s a stylus port built into the side of the laptop making it easier to keep track of your stylus

The Viliv S10 Blade is thin and light for a 10 inch convertible tablet. It runs Windows 7 Home Premium, and while Chippy says that it has a 1024 x 600 pixel display, I believe it’s actually avaailble with a high definition, 1366 x 768 pixel touchscreen display.

Overall, it looks like the chassis is well designed, but the touchscreen display and software leaves a bit to be desired.

Video after the break.

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