I have been surprised at the claims of battery life on Oaktrail devices this week at CES. Taking into account the marketing BS (and subtracting 30% and questioning people about how they tested) I’m getting the feeling that Oaktrail devices might be slightly better that I expected. Certainly in terms of sizing we’re seeing some really important improvements. The Samsung PC 7 / Gloria will probably blow the Dell Duo away in that respect and if you compare the Viliv X70 EX on Menlow to the X70 Slate on Oaktrail, you can clearly see the differences. Viliv have shaved the weight down from 660gm to 420gm and slightly improved the battery life at the same time. That’s a massive improvement.
I hear that the X70 Slate is getting good feedback from potential customers which is pushing it up in priority for Viliv. Although the X7 Android tablet with the same casing will come first, the X70 Slate is likely to follow soon after. March/April is the earliest we can expect it though and given the usual date slips, May would seem more reasonable if you’re planning ahead.
What I do like is that Viliv have put an optical mouse pointer and mouse buttons on the frame which is going to be a real advantage for many. I hope it works smoothly as I was unable to test it on the production sample at CES. Don’t forget that the Oaktrail platform includes 2X (theoretical) 3D performance over Menlow and HD 720p encoding. Memory speeds should be much faster too. A 2GB option is likely (1GB would be a show-stopper for many i’m sure) and 3G options are also going to be available.
Here’s a video of the X70 Slate. Apologies for the terrible lighting but at least I can report that we’re promised an early sample. That’s one I’m looking forward to.