GNB is showing off a netbook with a 7 inch screen, ARM processor, and Google Android Operating system. Sascha from Netbook News spent some time with this little laptop, and you can check out his video after the break. But here are some of the highlights:
- CPU: 533MHz Freescale i.MX31 ARM-based processor
- Operating System: Google Android
- Display: 800 x 480 pixel touchscreen (Sascha says it’s not glossy, but you can see a fair bit of glare in the video)
- RAM: 256MB
- Storage: Up to 8GB SSD
- I/O: 3 USB ports, mic, headphone, and 4-in-1 card reader
- Weight: 680 grams, or about 1.5 pounds
Sascha says the battery should be good for about 2.5 hours of run time. The keyboard and touchpad look ridiculously small. And while the computer is pretty small in terms of length and width, it looks pretty thick. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were 1.3 inches or so thick.
No word on pricing, but my guess is this is a netbook or smartbook that you’ll see coming from telecoms who will bundle it with a service contract, not as a standalone product.
The computer seems to be running a standard version of Google Android which is designed for cellphones. It doesn’t appear to be modified in any way to work better on a netbook with a larger screen or keyboard.
Why not running with AA cells !!!
Based on the specs, weight, and bezel, this looks like yet another Alpha 400 clone, except with ARM shoehorned into it.
The Chinese are winning, albeit in a crapulent race to the bottom.
I for one *want* an x86 Alpha 400 to actually become available in the US — tired of this 400, 500, even 600 dollar “netbook” crap.
Large bezel, only 2.5 hours of run time, seemed very slow to respond in the video. I hope other ARMbooks can do better or this wave is going to crash early.
What is the point?? I’d MUCH rather carry around a G1 or something like my iPhone that seems to do much more than this, rather than this monstrosity. Personally I think it’s pretty stupid but I’m sure someone will like it.
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