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Who needs a smartbook? Asus planning a netbook with pull-out phone

HP, Lenovo, and other companies may be introducing so-called smartbooks, which combine some of the elements of a smartphone and netbook into a single laptop-like device. But according to the Inquirer, Asus is taking a slightly different approach by developing a netbook that has a mobile phone that fits into the laptop. Not only will […]

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Compaq Airlife 100 user guide, documentation now available

If you’ve been wondering how HP plans to make an operating system designed for smartphones usable on a laptop, the answers are now here. Kind of. While the Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook isn’t actually shipping yet, you can download the user manual, FAQ, Quick Start guide, and a few other documents from HP’s support site. […]

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ARM: It ain’t the chips that are delaying the launch of smartbooks

It’s been almost a year since chip-maker Qualcomm coined the term “smartbook” to describe a new kind of device that would be a cross between a smartphone and a netbook. Like smartphones, these so-called smartbooks would have low power ARM-based processors, long battery life, and always-connected access to the internet through 3G wireless networks. But […]

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Dell may be working on convertible netbook tablet, ARM-based netbook

Dell isn’t doing such a great job of keeping their product road maps confidential these days. A few days ago we learned about a new 7 inch tablet called the Looking Glass with an NVIDIA Tegra chip. Engadget published details for three unannounced Dell smartphones. And now Android Central has uncovered a product road map […]

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Leaked Samsung roadmap shows new ARM CPUS for smartphones, smartbooks

The performance gap between ARM-based processors and x86 chips is shrinking. Intel is starting to design Atom chips for smartphones, while ARM-based processors have already hit the 1GHz mark with support for HD video playback and dual and even quad core processors on the horizon. A leaked product roadmap from Samsung shows a series of […]