Viliv’s N5 pays a visit to the FCC, CDMA version may be coming stateside


Since it was released back in May, anyone in the US who was interested in getting their hands on Viliv's excellent N5 UMPC would need to take the slightly more round-about route of ordering and importing one from specialist sites such as Dynamism, Viliv's official flagship US partner.

But that looks like it may be about to change with the discovery by some eagle-eyed Pocketables readers that the diminutive N5 has just passed through the doors of the FCC and gained certification, meaning another option may very well be heading stateside in the near future. According to the FCC documents, the version tested by the FCC is designated as the N5 Premium and equipped with a CDMA 3G modem in place of the GSM 3G modem in the current model, making it more suitable for use on US networks such as Sprint and Verizon. Interestingly the documents also mention that WiFi and Bluetooth wireless radios cannot be used at the same time as the CDMA WWAN modem, with a few current N5 users pointing out that this isn't the case with the existing GSM N5.

There hasn't been any confirmation or information about price or availability from Viliv regarding the new CDMA N5 but this is definitely something we'll be keeping an eye on. With some Viliv products already being sold in Best Buy, could the N5 be next? How many of you would be interested in getting a CDMA equipped version of the current best truly portable Windows PC on the market?

[FCC via Pocketables Forum]
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Jeremy To

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