The GoNote Mini looks like a tiny notebook computer, and that’s pretty much what it is. But it has a 1.2 GHz Rockchip RK2918 ARM Cortex-A8 single core processor instead of an x86 chip, and it runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Windows.
The little laptop has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of storage. There’s a mouse button in the center of hte keyboard which you can use to move an on-screen cursor if you don’t want to reach up and touch the screen.
Around the sides of the laptop you’ll find a mini USB port, mini HDMI port, a USB 2.0 port, and a microSD card slot and 3.5mm audio jack. And the device has a front-facing VGA camera as well as a 2MP rear camera.
The GoNote Mini features a 3000mAh battery, 80211.b/g/n WiFi, and Google certification, which means that it can access the GOogle Play Store and run thousands of Android apps.
It measures 7.9″ x 4.7″ x 0.9″ and weighs 1.5 pounds.
While the GoNote Mini isn’t as powerful as an ultrabook (or even a Chromebook), it’s an interesting option for parents looking for a cheap computer for kids. It should pack enough power for basic web surfing, chat, video, and gaming activities. Since there’s a keyboard, you can pretend your kids will actually use the thing to get work done which might help explain why you’d spend money on this little contraption rather than an inexpensive Android tablet.
So far Google hasn’t really positioned Android as a notebook operating system, instead pushing it as a solution for smartphones and tablets. But we’ve seen a number of hybrid devices like the Asus Transformer Pad series blur the lines in the past. And there’s a (probably unfounded) rumor going around that Google could be preparing to launch its own “Androidbook” one of these days.
Hopefully it’d feature a faster processor and better screen resolution than the GoNote Mini.