Kaliho KU860 convertible-style UMPC runs Linux


Although it looks like another UMPC from Kohjinsha, what you’re seeing is actually a VIA-based mini convertible running Linux that Kaliho Technology Development calls the KU860. Its 8.97" x 6.42" x 1.34" casing is eerily similar to the Kohjinsha SH6 series, but the modified navigational controls and very different specs (below) give the device its own identity beyond the pink hardware option.

I don’t care for the button/control explosion on the bezel, but it should help with usage-scenario versatility and allow the UMPC to be used in tablet mode with little compromise.

Full specs:

  • 1.2GHz VIA Esther ULV C7-M processor (400MHz FSB, 128KB L2 cache)
  • VIA VX700 chipset
  • 7-inch 1024 x 600 swiveling touchscreen
  • Up to 60GB hard drive
  • Linux preloaded (Windows XP compatible)
  • 802.11b/g, GPS, IPTV
  • 1.3-megapixel CMOS web camera
  • SD/MMC card slot, 3 USB 2.0 ports, audio jack, VGA
  • 4-hour battery life
  • 2.12 pounds (with battery)

The official product page makes no mention of some of these details, but they’re all listed on, which specializes in "connecting buyers with China suppliers." Yes, the KU860 is another one of those Chinese OEM devices I’ve been finding lately, so it’ll take another company buying a few crates and branding them to get one of your own.

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