The guys at Micro PC Talk will not give up. We’ve seen some amazing mods for the coveted (but cancelled) Sony UX UMPC [Vaio UX only has two internal USB ports. Anh had to install an extremely tiny 4-port USB hub inside of the UX in order to be able to connect all the devices to the computer:
Here’s what’s been carefully packed inside (in addition to the hub above):
- Huawei E172 modem for 3G data (and possibly voice and SMS) [along with this mod, a modified portion of the original EDGE modem was inserted to function as a SIM card slot for the E172 modem, accessible from original SIM card slot]
- Pinnacle PCTV HD Mini Stick for OTA TV
- GPS receiver
On top of all of this, Anh upgraded the UX’s relatively low-powered 1.2GHz Core Solo CPU to the 1.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U7700. No easy feat as the CPU has to be completely reballed (not simply dropped in with pins).
Anh was also kind enough to provide some great high-res photos of the modified motherboard to show the added components (click for full size):
And the result looks a little something like this (the external body is totally unmodified):
The VAIO UX is one of the reasons why I’ve urged Sony to reignite their innovation in the handheld arena.
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