Remember the SmartQ V5 MID first announced back in September as the SmartV 5? There hasn't been much news on this promising device since then apart from information on the specifications and some images, but now we're happy to see that the little brother of the already-launched SmartQ V7 has just gone on sale in China for 1099 yuan, which works out to around US$161.
As a brief reminder of its capabilities, the SmartQ V5 is an HD MID featuring a 4.3-inch WVGA resistive touch screen, a 600MHz ARM11 processor (with the ability to overclock to 800MHz with the latest firmware update), hardware acceleration for 3D graphics and video, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, 2GB of local storage, an SD card slot supporting capacities up to 32GB, b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, support for the major audio and video codecs, 1080p HD video playback, mini-HDMI/AV outputs, and USB 2.0 OTG. But we can't forget probably the most impressive feature of all: the V5's ability to run Android, Ubuntu Linux, and Windows CE 6.0, and the inclusion of all three operating systems pre-installed from the factory. The performance of Android is said to be impressive with quick loading times and a smooth web browsing experience. Thankfully, the color of the device previously translated by Google as "green duck feces" is confirmed to be Champagne Gold on the company's English website!
As I have stated before, I think the SmartQ V5 and V7 are very compelling and versatile devices with their choice of operating systems, great features, and rich media capabilities. The prices in China are also very good value.
As for those of us outside China, I've spotted the V5 for sale on E World for a tempting $180, but having no experience of the company, I am unsure of their reliability. Has anyone already got a SmartQ V7 or considering the V5? Let us know in the comments![iMP3.net]