Compaq Airlife 100: Part Netbook, Part Smartbook

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Compaq. Remember that name? Believe it or not, the brand is still around, and the HP subordinate has just revealed one of the most eye-catching machines to be announced this year. The Airlife 100 is a really unique computer. The 10.1" screen may lead you to believe that this is just another netbook, but the specification lists says otherwise.

In our opinion, the Airlife 100 is what would be created if a netbook, a smartbook and a mobile phone got together to have a good time. Running the show here is Google's Android operating system, which is generally reserved for use on smartphones. We know that a select few laptops run on Android, but rarely do those go anywhere in the market where people expect fuller OS experiences.



Another interesting aspect is the CPU. There's no Atom or Core 2 Duo chip here; instead, there's a Snapdragon 1GHz processor, which has generally been reserved for use in smartbooks and select smartphones. Other specs include a 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi, 3G WWAN, a 12 hour battery, and an all-white shell. As of now, it seems the machine will be reserved for sale in Europe with a partnership with Telefonica, but we could absolutely see this shipping elsewhere if demand is strong.
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gibbersome replied on Sat, Feb 13 2010 11:37 AM

Compaq is owned by HP so this is really their play. This looks like it will be going up against the iPad. The 16GB starting memory isn't that bad considering that it has an SD slot. No touchscreen though.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Feb 13 2010 1:50 PM

Yeah gibbersome, the touchscreen is kinda BS (or lack thereof), either way this is more along the lines of what I was talking about before. This is more of a mobile do anything type of unit, however it is not in a tablet e-reader type design.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Feb 14 2010 12:16 PM

Looks interesting ; I'll be looking to see if it turns up in shops here in Sweden and what sort of reception it gets. Wonder how much of that 16GB SSD remains for use, after the processor, etc, have taken their share - and not least, how much it will cost ?...

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Soupstyle replied on Sun, Feb 14 2010 12:27 PM

I agree, no touchscreen, why have Andriod on it? Wouldn't it have been easier/cheaper to just do a pared down linux distro?

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Feb 14 2010 12:32 PM

A prologue to the omen coming on - i e, Compaq (HP) testing the waters in anticipation of a release of a similarly sized machine with a Chrome OS ?...

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Soupstyle replied on Sun, Feb 14 2010 12:47 PM

That would require Google to take Chrome out of beta, and we all know how much google loves to keep things in beta.

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mhenriday replied on Sun, Feb 14 2010 1:10 PM

Soupstyle, you seem to be confusing two very distinct things : the Chrome/Chromium browser, for which a standard version, a beta version, and a dev version are available, and a Chrome/Chromium OS, a project for which, AFAIK, no beta version has yet been released. As to Google loving to keep things in beta, Gmail was certainly denominated as a beta for a very long time, but far less time elapsed between the time the Chrome browser was available to the public as a download and the release of a standard, non-beta version, than was the case for, e g, Microsoft's IE8....

 

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