First Android netbook to cost $250

Posted on Monday, Apr 27 2009 @ 15:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
CNET reports the first netbooks based on the Google Android platform will be available within three months for around $250. The 7" system is called Alpha 680, it's made by Skytone and features a ARM 11 processor that runs at 533MHz. The battery life isn't that good though, the included 2-cell battery will power the device for only 2 hours.
The Netbook uses a 533MHz ARM 11 CPU and sports a 7-inch LCD screen, keyboard, touchpad, and built-in Wi-Fi, according to the report. However, the Alpha 680's 2-cell battery will last only two to four hours while surfing the Internet, much lower than the expected 12 hours.

Android is a Linux-based operating system originally designed for cell phones, but now experts are predicting that the open-source operating system could be used on other devices, such as the emerging low-cost laptops known as Netbooks. In fact, market research firm Ovum recently predicted that Android-powered Netbooks will emerge in 2009, as manufacturers attempt to drive the price of Netbooks to around $200 or less.

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