A few days after HP Spain unveiled the company’s first ARM-based Smartbook running the Google Android operating system, Chippy from UMPC Portal spotted one on display at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Chippy says the user interface looks good and works well with the touchscreen. He was impressed with the build quality, keyboard, and light weight. Overall, the Compaq Airlife 100 looks identical to the prototype I saw at CES last month. The primary difference is that now we know Telefonica will be offering 3G service for the Airlife 100 in Spain. No word on distribution in other countries yet.

In terms of hardware design, the Airlife 100 looks a lot like an HP Mini netbook with a similar keyboard and display. But the Windows key has been removed and the touchpad buttons have been tweaked to work better with Android.

You can check out my hands-on video from CES after the break.

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2 replies on “Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook pops up at Mobile World Congress”

  1. These smart books seem like they should be hot…but I don’t see them gaining much traction in the market. Maybe people don’t want cheaper with less power, they want more power then a netbook…just not a notebook price.

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