Mobinnova Beam smartbook stops by the FCC for a visit
The FCC has published a few (very few) documents related to the upcoming Mobinnova Beam smartbook. The Beam is a 10 inch mini-laptop with NVIDIA Tegra graphics. Up until recently it was known as the Mobinnova élan, but the company changed the name a few weeks ago and announced that the Smartbook would soon be available in the US.
The Beam has a low power ARM-based processor designed to help the machine get excellent battery life. But it also has NVIDIA graphics which will enable 720p HD video playback and some 3D games. It uses the same chipset as the Zune HD portable media player which I’m currently reviewing, and 3D games look great on that tiny handheld device.
There’s not a lot of information in the FCC documents about the Beam, but the folks at Engadget noticed that it’s labeled as the BEAMATT, which means there’s a pretty good chance that AT&T will be the distributor for this portable computer. We should know more at CES in January.