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Mobinnova Beam (aka élan) Smartbook to launch in January

Mobinnova Beam (aka élan) Smartbook to launch in January

Remember Mobinnova's élan Smartbook from Computex earlier this year?  The 8.9-inch ultraportable promised HD video playback and hours of battery life, thanks to its NVIDIA Tegra chipset; now Mobinnova are back, with the élan rebanded as the Beam, and promising a launch for the compact machine at CES in January 2010.  According to LaptopMag's interview, the Beam will be offered with a carrier subsidy, though the company are keeping quiet on exactly which US network they're in bed with.

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NVIDIA Tegra Smartbooks running Google Chrome OS in pipeline

NVIDIA Tegra Smartbooks running Google Chrome OS in pipeline

An NVIDIA executive has confirmed that the company is working with Google to produce Tegra-based Smartbooks running Google Chrome OS.  Talking to jkOnTheRun's Kevin C. Tofel, NVIDIA's GM of mobile business Mike Rayfield revealed that the company expects to see Tegra-based smartphones using Windows Mobile and Android, while Smartbooks or netbooks would use Chrome OS or Windows CE.

Russian HIGHSCREEN PP5420 Android phone with dual touchscreens

Russian HIGHSCREEN PP5420 Android phone with dual touchscreens

The nice thing about Android is that, because it's open-source, you get strange handset designs springing up all over.  One such example is Vobis Computer's HIGHSCREEN PP5420, a dual-touchscreen smartphone based on the Mobinnova Ice.  Vobis have thrown out the Ice's Windows Mobile OS and replaced it with Android 1.5 Cupcake; you - or should I say Russia, seeing as though that's where the PP5420 will launch next week - get dualband 900/2100MHz HSPA, WiFi b/g and GPS.

The main display is a 3-inch WQVGA panel, while underneath it there's a smaller 1.15-inch 128 x 96 OLED navigation pad.  A 3-megapixel autofocus camera lurks around the back, with a VGA version up front for video calls, while there's also TV-output, a mini USB connector and microSD card slot.

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Mobinnova élan Tegra-based netbook: 720p, 3G and fanless

Mobinnova élan Tegra-based netbook: 720p, 3G and fanless

Mobinnova have announced one of the first NVIDIA Tegra-based smartbook/netbook/shrunken-laptops at Computex, the élan.  With an 8.9-inch display capable of playing back 720p video, the élan weighs just 1.84lbs and measures a mere 0.8-inches thick, but still manages to pack in 3G and WiFi, 5-10 hours of continuous HD video playback or up to 24 days of audio playback (assuming the screen is turned off).

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