Posts Tagged ‘mid’

SmartQ V3 Android/Linux MID shows up for $119.99

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The SmartQ V3 just showed up at AllPMP for $119.99/€94.15, which is $30 less than the very similair SmartQ V5 (SmartQ V5 review). So what are the differences? It seems like the V3 doesn’t have Bluetooth, lacks a microphone and comes without the useless Windows CE. Other than that, it’s still a nice little tablet with a 4.3″ 800×480 touchscreen, 600MHz ARM processor, 256MB RAM, WiFi, 2GB flash memory, HDMI output, 1080p video playback, SD card slot, USB On-The-Go and both Android and Linux as operating systems. The color has also been changed, from champagne gold to silver and it seems like this one comes with a pair of earbuds. AllPMP expects to ship the devices next Monday.

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SmartQ V5 and V7 tablet prices drop to $149.99 and $209.99

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

The SmartQ V5 is still the most ambitious gadget to come out of China. It’s a small tablet(pictured on the bottom left) with a 4.3″ 800×480 touchscreen, HDMI output, full SD card slot, wifi and three operating systems installed (Linux, Android and Windows CE). It’s even capable of playing 1080p videos. Since our SmartQ V5 review, there have been quite some updates which vastly improved the device. Even better is that AllPMP dropped the price to a sweet $149.99/€116.06. The SmartQ V7 is basically the same device with a 7″ screen and a larger battery. It’s now selling for $209.99/€165.29.

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Ramos W7 Android MID unboxing

Monday, June 21st, 2010

After months of delays, the Ramos W7 has finally arrived. The Ramos W7 is a mobile internet device running Android with a 4.8″ 800×480 capacitive touchscreen. As usual, here is the unboxing video first and the full review will be up soon.

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SmartQ V5 Review

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Here it is, the world’s first review of the SmartQ V5, the so called HDMID, a high definition mobile internet device. The SmartQ V5 is the successor to the SmartQ 5, a nice and affordable gadget that gained a modest, but active following of tech and Linux enthusiasts. China-based Smart Devices tried to address the shortcomings of the SmartQ 5 and added new features to the SmartQ V5, like 1080p video playback and three pre-installed operating systems. Read on to find out if they succeeded.

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SmartQ 7 review

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

For those who don’t know: the SmartQ devices are cheap MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices), capable of running Linux and a slew of other operating systems, like Windows CE and Android. They’re used as internet tablets, eBook/comic book readers and much more. After my good experiences with the SmartQ 5, I was curious if it’s bigger brother would be worth the $211.02/€145.72. Would it just be a bigger SmartQ 5 or does it bring anything new to the table? With the SmartQ V7 already being available, the review might be a bit late, but the two devices are mostly similar. So read to see if the SmartQ 7 is worth your hard earned pennies.

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SmartQ V5, it’s alive!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Finally, the SmartQ V5 is available at AllPMP for $178.99/€124.73. I ordered mine immediately so you can expect videos and a full review within a few weeks. The SmartQ V5 is the successor to the SmartQ 5 (full SmartQ 5 review here) mobile internet device with a 800×480 touchscreen, wifi, bluetooth etc. The SmartQ V5 version is capable has HD video playback with HDMI output, more memory, a new design and Linux, Windows CE and Android pre-installed with multiboot.

BenQ S6 MID, cheapest UMPC available?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

Sure, this device might be released a year ago and is a bit bulky compared to other < 5″ devices.  But now Allpmp started selling the BenQ S6 MID for $349.99/€242.49, which is a whole lot less than the €429 when it was released in Italy and about half the price of comparable devices. For this money you’ll get an UMPC with an 800MHz Intel Atom processor, 512MB RAM, 2GB Flash memory, Wifi, a 4.8″ 800×480 touchscreen and UMTS/HSDPA for some good ol’ 3G browsing on the go. It even has a motion sensor, so it’s possible to perform awesome actions, like scrolling a webpage by tilting the device and uhh… other stuff. While it’s far from a powerhouse, the x86 processor means you can install Windows XP on this little device. After the break, you’ll find a corny commercial that demonstrates how you’ll never use the SmartQ S6.

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SmartQ V7 MID available for $239.10

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

The SmartQ V7 is now available at Allpmp for $238.90/€159.60 and is dubbed an ‘HDMID’, which basically means it now also supports HD video up to 1080p. Ofcourse, watching hi def movies on a 800×480 screen wouldn’t be tremendously useful, so Smart Devices decided to drop the USB OTG port and replace it with an HDMI port. They also decided to double the RAM and built-in flash memory to respectively 256MB and 2GB, so the device should work a bit more snappy. Sadly, all this comes at a rather steep 25% price increase, which almost places this device in the netbook price range. Luckily the SmartQ 7 is still available for $189.10/€126.33 for those who don’t need HD video playback.

SmartQ 5 MID Review

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

It doesn’t happen too often that a company from China releases a device that immediately sparks a buzz amongst tech enthusiasts around the globe. Meizu managed to do it with their products, and now it’s Smart Devices’ turn with their Linux based SmartQ 5 and SmartQ 7 Mobile Internet Devices(MIDs). The SmartQ 5 is the smallest of the two, but unlike the term MID suggests, this pocket sized device is capable of doing much more than just some simple web browsing, mailing and instant messaging. Driven by a Ubuntu based Linux OS, the SmartQ 5 is perfectly capable of performing tasks like running e-book/comic book readers, remote desktop apps, torrent clients and some light multimedia playback.
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SmartQ 5 unboxing video and first impressions

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

So far, so good. The SmartQ 5 arrived in a slick and solid box. Nothing too fancy, but it will make sure the device will survive a long flight from China.  Build quality of the MID is quite decent. The SmartQ 5 doesn’t sport the chrome edges pictured on the box, so it doesn’t have that iPod Touch knockoff look. The default OS is a bit sluggish, but is still pretty usable for most tasks. I ordered it from Allpmp.com for $154.90/€109. Full review coming soon and some photos after the break.

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