First Android netbook due this summer


First Android netbook due this summer

Warwick Ashford

The first Netbook using Google's Linux-based Android operating system is expected to released in the next three months.

The netbook to be known as the Alpha 680 and priced around $250 is going through final testing at Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies.

The Alpha 680 uses a 533MHz ARM11 chip, has a 7-inch LCD screen and built-in Wi-Fi, but a two-cell battery that will last only two to four hours.

The planned release of the Alpha 680 is in line with analyst predictions that the operating system developed for mobile phones would be used to produce increasingly lower-cost netbooks.

Android, like Linux and other derivatives, is attractive to netbook makers because it is free and enables them to further reduce the cost of the finished product.

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