HP launches first mainstream Android netbook
Compaq AirLife 100 operates Google’s Android platform and will be available in the UAE before summer
Hewlett-Packard's new netbook that operates the Google Android platform will be available in the United Arab Emirates by June this year.
China-based Skytone were the first manufacturers to come out with an Android netbook but HP is the first mainstream PC and notebook vendor to come out their Google-based offering. The device is said to give people a "new way of connecting to the essentials of online life".
The Compaq AirLife 100 has a 10.1" screen, a 92% full-size keyboard, 16GB of solid state internal storage with an SD card slot and customised touch interface. It's being touted a ‘smartbook' that combines the best of a smartphone and netbook.
"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," said Charl Snyman, vice president and general manager of HP Personal Systems Group, EMEA. "This new type of user lives life online and no longer measures computing speeds and feeds, but rather friends, people and online social ranks."
The AirLife 100 comes with Qualcomm's 1Ghz Snapdragon processor, an instant power-up feature and WiFi connectivity.
The Compaq AirLife 100 is expected to retail by Spring 2010 in select countries exclusively through Telefónica but pricing has not yet been confirmed. The two companies are also working to offer a customised touch interface for easy navigation of music, entertainment, information and access to the Telefónica store and services.
An exact launch date for the AirLife 100 in the UAE was not revealed to ITP.net but a local spokesperson said it would be available in stores here before the start of summer.