There’s plenty of non-Intel news going around lately. This time, it’s Quanta with a new smartbook which marries Qualcomm’s 1GHz Snapdragon processor with Google’s Android OS. The demo video reveals 3 USB 2.0 ports, a mini-HDMI connector, microSD reader, and combination microphone/headphone jack.

The battery looks to be fairly small – perhaps a 3-cell – and it doesn’t appear as though there is any access to the system’s internals. Keep in mind, though, that this is a prototype and not a working device.

In terms of its thickness, this thing is about on par with Sony’s Vaio X – though it likely won’t be in the same zip code when it comes to price. Heck, it won’t even be on the same continent.

via Netbook News

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Lee Mathews

Computer tech, blogger, husband, father, and avid MSI U100 user.

3 replies on “Quanta unveils Snapdragon powered, super-thin Android smartbook”

  1. I’m chomping at the bit to see a machine like this for the K-12 school market. I imagine with a 3-cell battery you could still get a full school day’s of work in. Bring the price under $200 — or even better under $150 — and I would hope to see districts across the country buying them for all their students.

  2. Once this comes out, the good old netbook may die out. After all, 90% netbook owners just surf the web and only need a browser. Most people would not mind giving up Windows, so long as they have a decent, fast browser.

    I think this machine might possibly be 700g. With this kind of slimness and lightweight, who wants an old fashion netbook? Or even the Vaio X?

  3. Waiting for a dual-ARM CPU with a full Linux distribution (preferably Fedora ARM, Ubuntu ARM) and a 6-cell battery (20+hrs).

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