It's quite a change to finally see a new MID being released that doesn't run Android, but here we have the EKING S515 given a nice hands-on by our friend Chippy over at UMPCPortal. Our more astute readers may recognize this one as the DigiCube Z8 that Jenn wrote about a few months back, and in fact it is a rebranded Z8, but the EKING version has slightly upgraded specs.
The Atom Z515-powered EKING runs at 1.2GHz and has 16GB of SSD storage along with 1GB RAM and a 5-inch, 800×480 touchscreen. The model that Chippy received is running Windows 7, which runs very well according to him, but this should not come as a surprise to those of us who suffered through Windows Vista and have upgraded our devices to Windows 7.
A few of the highlights include a durable, rubberized black finish, nice build quality, and an easy-to-use trackpad. On the other end of the spectrum, some of the drawbacks include the low-resolution screen and the subpar battery life, which seemed to average about 2.5 hours. Both of those specs in this day and age are hard to accept, considering there are so many alternatives to choose from, but the EKING still may have a following in the Sharp Willcom D4 fans because of their physical similarities.[UMPCPortal]