HP has just unveiled its newest laptop, the Compaq Airlife 100. It seems that in order for a laptop to be a “smartbook” it has to have a smartphone’s components in a netbook’s body. The Airlife 100 is a laptop the likes of which we have yet to see and is definitely one that will turn heads and get people talking.
Why is the Airlife going to cause so much commotion? Maybe because the device is built on top of an Android OS platform with an unconfirmed, but highly likely, Qualcomm 1GHz SnapDragon CPU, a 16GB SSD, webcam, SD card slot, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity and, the coolest part, a 10.1-inch touch screen display. There are also some helpful shortcut keys around the trackpad
The Airlife is said to rock a solid 12-hour battery life with an incredible 10 days of standby. The Airlife was announced in partnership with Telefonica so this “smartbook” will be offered as a subsidized part of mobile broadband service plans in Latin America as well as Europe this spring. HP might rebrand it under the HP Mini brand when it hits us here in the states but as of now there is no word on a US release date or pricing.
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