Compaq AirLife 100 Android-based touch smartbook From HP

HP has announced the launch of the Compaq
AirLife 100, a new Android-based smartbook, for want of a better word,
that’s due to launch via Telefonica this spring. Looking
very much like a proof of concept we saw at CES,
with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset, the AirLife 100 boasts a 92%
full size keyboard, 16GB SSD, SD card slot, and a customised touch
interface from HP including a new "tabbed" touch browser experience,
what’s said to be a "simple mechanism" for zooming web pages, and a
touch optimised media suite and shortcut menu.

There’s also GPS
with NDrive navigation, 3G connectivity (which is where the Telefonica
team-up comes in), Wi-Fi, a VGA webcam, instant on start-up and the
boast of up to 12 hours battery life.
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"The browser has become
the desktop for many people, and the new Compaq AirLife is the next
evolution of a mobile computer that is streamlined specifically for the
web", says Charl Snyman, an HP VP.

"This new type of user lives
life online and no longer measures computing speeds and feeds, but
rather friends, people and online social ranks".

In terms of
competitor devices, this section of the netbook/smartbook market is
growing, but slowly, the Lenovo Skylight could be seen as in the same
category, while as far as other PC maker go, Acer offers an
Android-based netbook with the D250 – but this also offers Windows 7.

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