Unidentified netbook prototype shows up at CeBIT – Video

quanta-linpus-prototypeLinpus is probably best known as the group that makes the Linpus Linux Lite operating system found on the Acer Aspire One netbook. But the copany had another netbook running the operating system on display at CeBIT last week. Sascha from Netbook News.de checked out the unnamed prototype and posted a video which you can find after the break.

Here are some of the highlights. The computer appears to be a prototype from Quanta which will likely be branded and sold by telecoms like Vodafone. It features integrated 3G and there’s a SIM card slot tucked away behind the battery. The netbook is quite slim and has a decent sized keyboard and touchpad, but it has a glossy screen which should limit it’s usefulness outdoors.

The computer has a 10.1 inch display, 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU, a solid state disk, 512MB of RAM, and WiFi capabilities. It’s also got 3 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks.

  • McMood

    Was this unidentified netbook found in the Exhibition's Area 51?

  • Pixel Qi fan in waiting

    Quanta was the company that built the OLPC XO-1… and so maybe Mary Lou Jepsen, formerly CTO of OLPC who recently founded Pixel Qi (whose web site says that they are working with folks to build screens that will deliver 5 fold battery use for mobile devices AND who also just announced a TECH FREEZE on a 10 inch screen), well MAYBE Quanta, who has had conversations with Mary Lou before… might be one who will use the new Pixel Qi screen when it is due out in mass production this summer 2009?

    Hope so… as Quanta has already the experience building a computer that uses less energy than any other in the world, it would be natural for them to work with Pixel Qi and deliver the lowest energy using netbook EVER in HISTORY…! Heck, they most likely already have 1/2 of the assembly line set up already because of OLPC XO-1 production. They could use Intel, AMD, or ARM based processors if they wanted… AND of course if they are working with Linpus, well… they might have it ready to roll out the door sometime this summer. What do you think about them apples (no error in pun inteneded).

  • Burk

    That IS sexy.

    Btw, at my job everything has to be typed in all caps, so some people do use the “fucking caps lock key”.

    Thanks for posting this up.

  • Pixel Qi fan in waiting

    Footnote to support above:
    http://www.quantatw.com/Quanta/english/product/
    quote:
    “OLPC stands for “One Laptop per Child “. The initiative was first announced by Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of OLPC, at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland in January 2005. The sponsor companies AMD, Google and Red Hat all stood firmly behind the announced plan. Quanta Computer Inc. took part in the project in Dec 2005, as the developer and producer of the laptop”.
    end quote

  • Harry

    Quanta is probably less than happy with the OLPC deal. They were promised a production of about 10 million units, and gave prices accordingly (and even then they were pressured to cut their margin, given the OLPC mission). But by the end of 2008 they had made about 1 million, making the price per machine even higher, meaning they probably lost money in the end.

  • Pixel Qi in waiting

    But, they started the Netbook revolution as without the OLPC, Intel would not have done the Classmate, and Asus would not have then done the EeePC. So, they are entering another phase, and might end up (if they use the Pixel Qi screen and include touch screen) with a HUGE part of a mobility market that no one can even begin to dream about (and if they manufacture the XO-2 they will reach the millions of users they first intended to manufacture for. Just think about it… 15 to 20 hours of use per battery charge (throw in a cell phone for good measure).

  • Harry

    I am not disputing the fact that the XO-1 was very important (indirectly) for computing. I mostly agree with what you say, except that Classmate is not really that important. If anything it was a negative (it stole sales from OLPC). The XO-1 was the first big step, and the next big one was the EEEPC. And the rest is history.

    But my point is different. Quanta is a company. At the end of the day their job is to make money. And with the XO-1 they probably lost money. They didn't even gain recognition because most people don't know about it, or consider it a failure. So I am saying is that they will probably think twice about being involved with the XO-2. And if they do they will certainly charge more.

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