Category: VIA

VIA launches $49 APC, ARM11 computer platform

VIA shows it’s 49 USD computer, it is powered by a Wondermedia WM8750 (ARM11 SoC) at 800MHz. It is distributed with Android and supports 720p playback, has 4 USB 2.0 port, one 100Mbps Ethernet port, one VGA out and one HDMI out port, and standard analog input/output audio. It is build in a Neo-ITX form factor that allows to be used on any case that support Micro-ATX, it is expected to be released at the end of June 2012.

Windows 8 RT on a $68 7″ VIA 8850 ARM Cortex-A9 Tablet by Eken

Posted by – June 7, 2012

Check out Windows 8 on a $68 VIA 8850 Powered 7″ capacitive tablet! (just a home replacement) What is the difference in performance and potential features between an optimized Android Home Replacement and a “real” native Windows RT machine?

I think it is obviously meaningless for Microsoft to insist on making Windows 8 a separate closed/proprietary/incompatible ecosystem to Android. And it’d be even more wrong if Microsoft wants to forbid tablet and laptop makers to dual-boot Android with Windows RT.

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VIA WonderMedia WM8850, ARM Cortex-A9 in a Tablet

Posted by – May 27, 2012

This is the latest ARM platform from VIA, this time it’s ARM Cortex-A9, single-core up to 1.2Ghz with a Dual-core Mali-400 GPU. Tablets at the Huaqiangbei Shenzhen Electronics Market

Posted by – April 13, 2012

Here’s a look at a booth selling tablets at the Huaqiangbei Shenzhen Electronics Market.

Feihong shows $130 ICS on Telechips 8803 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A8 and $48 ARM11 VIA based tablet

Posted by – January 15, 2012

Feihong Industry Co Ltd shows Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich running on their Telechips 8803 based tablet. They also announce that Telechips is working on a dual-core processor to be released in tablets around March already (to be confirmed by Telechips etc).

VIA WonderMedia Prizm WM8710 ARM11 Gingerbread solution

Posted by – May 31, 2011

VIA’s subsidiary WonderMedia launches this new ARM11 platform for tablets, with a new much faster DSP for improved video playback, improved UI responsiveness, better graphics and 3D, the target still being to cheap low cost tablets which is a rapidly expanding market.

VIA WonderMedia SmartStream WiFi Direct to HDMI output

Posted by – May 31, 2011

VIA’s subsidiary WonderMedia is doing this ARM9 based platform to stream screen content to your HDTV wirelessly using WiFi Direct technology. It sounds like it ccould be a cheap way to wirelessly connect your Laptop, Tablet, even Smartphone to your HDTV without needing a cable. I wonder how WiFi Direct compresses stuff and how it manages high bitrate HD video, advanced 3D games and other such stuff.

Shenzhen Bly Electronics shows $60 VIA Wondermedia based laptops

Posted by – April 20, 2011

First seen a bit over a year ago such as in this video, the VIA ARM9 Wondermedia SoC and software solution is one of the platforms that makes it easy to make cheap laptops and tablets. Chrome OS software or Honeycomb seems to be needed for this type of $60 ARM Powered laptop solution to start to become viable solution. But probably also that faster processor with more RAM is also needed for full speed web browsing performance.

Wabook does $60 Android 10″ Laptop (Wondermedia)

Posted by – April 16, 2011

Some of those cheap ARM Powered laptops, but still ARM11 based. embedded software and hardware solutions

They provide ARM Powered hardware and software solutions, based on Freescale, Texas Instruments, VIA and other.

MID Joyplus shows new Wondermedia, Rockchip, Telechips and Samsung Tablets

MID Joyplus is showing new Wondermedia WM8652 based 9.7″ tablet, a Rockchip Rk2818 10.1″ design and a 8″ 4:3 capacitive Telechips tablet. They still also have the Samsung Hummingbird 7″ for around $150.

ARM Powered Tablets by Shuttle (soon laptops/desktops?)

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Shuttle is one of the major compact motherboard makers, they are now moving a lot of their ressources into making ARM Powered solutions, some may be branded by Shuttle, other might be ODM, based on ARM Processors by Texas Instruments, Nvidia and VIA Wondermedia.

Skytex develops i.MX53 tablets

Posted by – March 2, 2011

Skytex is working on getting more performance in their low cost tablets, using Freescale’s new 1.2Ghz i.MX53 with better video and graphics, the Telechips 8803 ARM Cortex-A8 and the new VIA Wondermedia ARM9 with a better DSP.

VIA Technologies WonderMedia Android Tablet and Laptop solutions

Posted by – June 3, 2010

VIA Technologies ARM processors are powering the cheap Android Laptops I filmed such as the $65 FirstView PC706V and the $90 10″ PC100

$104 Eken 8-inch Android Tablet

Posted by – April 21, 2010
Category: Tablets, VIA, Android

Here’s another Android tablet presented by Eken at the China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong. It runs a 600mhz VIA ARM Processor, USB-host, SD card slot, the 3G-module is optional.


I would have liked to video-blog at Hong Kong and Shenzhen fairs

Posted by – April 16, 2010
Category: Opinions, VIA, Archos, Google

Hong Kong Trade Development Council Logo
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The Hong Kong Electronics and Sourcing fairs and the China Consumer Electronics Fair were just held in Hong Kong and Shenzhen. I had tried for 3 weeks after CeBIT to find a sponsor to cover my flight and hotel costs so that I could go there and bring you 50 videos of all the new products that I expected to be shown there. But I did not succeed to convince any sponsor for going to film in Asia this time, so I am for now staying in Copenhagen where I am currently filming some interviews at the Cphpix Copenhagen Film Festival: 1, 2, 3.

I’ve then been trying to find other sites covering those trade fairs with video, pictures and infos, but I have not found much thus far. Google News has some things about CCEF and about HKTDC in Chinese, has a few posts showing such things as a new Rockhip powered Android phone, SmartDevices R7, Onda VX560 7-inch PMP, Kinstone Windows CE MID, Huawei C8600 Android phone, MDO Avatar G580 Android phone, lots of cheaper ipad-like tablets.

I don’t know for sure how much innovation and new products were shown by the Chinese manufacturers at these Trade Shows these past few days. I didn’t yet spend enough time translating all the Chinese blogs and searching more for those most interesting Android tablets, new cheaper Android phones, new interesting e-readers, ARM Powered Laptops and more.

I guess also that this year’s CCEF, HKTDC and HK Spring Sourcing fairs may not have been too popular among those European and US based bloggers that I know. Maybe they don’t go there for a reason.

Anyways, I will try to bring you exclusive videos of a bunch of awesome ARM Powered products that I have right here to review, I’ve got a $95 10″ Android VIA-ARM Powered laptop (watch me showing a brief preview of it in the video below), I’ve got an Intelligent Mobile Hotspot Mifi adapter by Novatel Wireless, I’ve got the touch-screen PocketBook 302 with WiFi/Bluetooth and I’ve also got a Bluetooth wireless foldable keyboard by Chinfai Leicke. I’ll post extensive video reviews of those and more as soon as I find the time.

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Beautiful OLPC Documentary film (45min) aired on Arte TV channel

Posted by – March 23, 2010
Category: Laptops, VIA, OLPC

This is a 45min Documentary film Directed by Chiara Sambuchi, produced by ZDF/Arte released by Lavafilm, just aired on the Arte TV channel in France and Germany. I have seen most of the OLPC related videos and documentary films during these past 4 years that I have been updating my video-blog at, this may be one of the best, most awesome and most beautiful Documentary films on the OLPC project that has yet been made.

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$65 Android laptop

Posted by – March 5, 2010

Firstview Electronic HK Limited is showing the PC706V which may be one of the worlds cheapest laptops, it runs Android on a low cost and low power VIA 8505 ARM based 533Mhz processor, with 128MB RAM, 2GB Nand flash, 7″ 800×480 screen, WiFi, SD card reader Nand flash, 7″ 800×480 screen, WiFi, SD card reader 3G dongle support. It’s supposed to run 4 hours on a 2100mah battery, it loads websites slower than a more expensive computer, but it can be made for only $65 in the Chinese factories when ordered by big resellers in large quantities.

Via Technologies at CES 2010

Posted by – January 9, 2010

Via Technologies is powering the OLPC One Laptop Per Child XO 1.5 with a Via C7 1ghz processor on the VX855 chipset that can support up to 1080p video playback and other much more powerful things which also can help OLPC lower the price more quickly in terms of supporting the most up to date components of the industry that lower in price constantly. Via also has an ARM licence and is doing all kinds of things with that.

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Sugar on a Stick Blueberry v2 introduced by Walter Bender of Sugar Labs

Posted by – December 9, 2009

This is a video-interview with Walter Bender of Sugar Labs at Netbook World Summit in Paris. Sugar is the Gnu/Linux based OS running in over 1.5 million OLPC XO-1 laptops used by Children around the world. It is the Linux distribution that popularized Linux on Laptop form factors. As I wrote in the OLPC project has greatly influenced the whole PC/Laptop industry, and with more optimized and streamlined Linux implementations like this new Sugar Linux OS, the influence is only going to be even greater.