Netbooks have made a name for themselves for their small size and cost. But since the initial release of ASUS’ first netbook at the back-end of 2007, screen sizes have been increasing, starting at seven-inches, going to nine and now 10.1-inch netbooks are everywhere.

The new Viliv N5 is challenging that with what must be the world’s smallest netbook. The N5 is powered by Intel’s 1.3GHz Atom Z520 processor and features a 4.8-inch widescreen LCD touchscreen panel. What’s more, it delivers 1024×600-pixel resolution (just how you read those pixels though is up for question…) – the same as today’s 10.1-inch netbook screens.

It features a 32GB solid-state drive with the option of 3G HSDPA data connectivity.

Surprisingly, the N5 runs Windows 7 Starter operating system, features a six-hour battery life (four hours on video playback) and 150 hours in standby mode. It operates an “instant on” mode that boots up the unit into Windows 7 in five seconds.

Weight is a tiny 388grams and includes MicroSD slot, USB port, built-in mic, stereo speakers and a headphone socket.

Being an Atom Z-series based unit, it’s fast enough to handle 720p video as well.

The N5 has a starting price fo $US649 and is available at Dynamism.


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