The Skytone Alpha 680 may be one of the first netbooks announced that will run the Google Android operating system. But I’m certainly hoping it’s not the cheapest. Skytone co-founder Nixon Wu tells ComputerWorld that the netbook will cost at about $250.
And that would have been a fine price a year or two ago. But today you can pick up a netbook like the Dell Vostro A90 or older Acer Aspire One or Asus Eee PC models with 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel displays, 1.6GHz Intel Atom processors, 1GB of RAM, up to 160GB hard drives, and Windows XP or Linux, for under $300.
That makes the idea of buying a netbook with a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, 128MB of RAM, and 1 to 4GB of flash storage with a 533MHz ARM11 CPU for $250 a bit less reasonable.
On the bright side, the Skytone Alpha 680 is small and light, weighing about 1.5 pounds and measuring 8.5″ x 6″ x 1.2″.
Of course, netbook prices tend to fall pretty quickly. While the Alpha 680 is expected to debut for around $250, there’s nothing to stop the price from dropping once Skytone finds a few distribution partners and ramps up production.