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Tablets killed Smartbooks says Qualcomm CEO

Tablets killed Smartbooks says Qualcomm CEO

Qualcomm has all but confirmed that the smartbook is dead, with CEO Paul Jacobs admitting during the company's IQ 2010 event this morning that tablets such as the iPad had already occupied the niche his company expected smartbooks to.  Jacobs described slates like the iPad as delivering the concept of "always-on, all-day devices" that smartbooks had initially promised.

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Toshiba AC100 arrives in UK; no sign of 3G version

Toshiba AC100 arrives in UK; no sign of 3G version

Toshiba are finally offering their AC100 MID, the Tegra 2 based smartbook running Android 2.1 with the company's own custom UI.  Priced at £292.52 including tax ($449), so far only the non-3G AC100-10Z model - with WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth and 8GB of flash storage - is available.

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Samsung SF and NF notebooks hands-on

Samsung SF and NF notebooks hands-on

Samsung's SF and NF series notebooks and netbooks are those odd breed of gadgets that simply don't look their best in press shots.  We checked out the curvy, wavy laptops after Samsung's press event; check out our first-impressions after the cut.

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Samsung SF Series laptops & NF Series netbooks revealed

Samsung SF Series laptops & NF Series netbooks revealed

Samsung has outed a pair of new notebooks, the wavy SF Series and NF Series, each using the Korean company's new, unusual design language.  The Samsung SF Series comes with a choice of Intel Core i3 or Core i5 processors, with three screen options - the 13.3” SF310, 14” SF410 and 15.6” SF 510 - and battery life of up to 7.5hrs with the standard 61Wh battery.

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ASUS Eee PC 1215N gets reviewed: bargain 12-inches

ASUS Eee PC 1215N gets reviewed: bargain 12-inches

When is a netbook not really a netbook?  Why, when it gets a desktop version of Intel's Atom CPU, has notebook-style Optimus graphics, and - arguably - a larger display than 10.1-inches.  By those counts, ASUS should be calling their Eee PC 1215N a 12.1-inch ultraportable not a netbook, but then they might put the price up from $499 and, according to Laptop, then we'd be missing out on something of a bargain.

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HP Mini 5103 Equipped with Intel Dual-Core Atom N550 Processor Soon

HP Mini 5103 Equipped with Intel Dual-Core Atom N550 Processor Soon

When Intel announces that one of their chips will be appearing in a plethora of netbooks, we can understand why those netbook manufacturers might be slow to update their sites. Especially when the new chip is dropping into netbooks that, for all intents and purposes, are new themselves. For example, it was only the beginning of August that we told you about HP's Mini 5103, which --at the time-- featured Intel's single-core N455 or N475 processors. Well, it looks like that's about to change.

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Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 benchmarks tip the performance we’ve been waiting for

Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 benchmarks tip the performance we’ve been waiting for

With the Toshiba AC100 out in the wild, it's now possible to see just how well NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset performs in comparison to other Android hardware.  According to Carrypad's testing, the answer is "pretty darn impressive"; they've run Quadrant on the AC100 (an Android app that measures various aspects of processor, memory, I/O and 2D/3D graphics and combines them into a single score) and the netbook managed 1,911.  In contrast, a Google Nexus One running Android 2.2 scored 1,390.

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Toshiba AC100 gets played with: hardware good, Android lacking [Video]

Toshiba AC100 gets played with: hardware good, Android lacking [Video]

Having been spotted in-stock and up for sale in Europe yesterday, the Toshiba AC100 has now made an appearance in Taipei.  Netbooknews got the Japanese version - launching there as the Dynabook AZ - and have mixed impressions; as reviewers found with the HP Compaq Airlife 100, Android simply isn't really ready for netbook-style implementations.

Video demos after the cut

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Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID/smartbook sneaks on sale?

Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID/smartbook sneaks on sale?

Toshiba's AC100 MID has apparently gone on sale, with at least one German retailer claiming to have (limited) stocks of the 10.1-inch Tegra 2 based Android smartbook.  The unit itself - packing an 8GB SSD, 512MB of RAM and running the Android 2.1 OS - lacks the 3G modem some Ac100s will have, meaning you're stuck using WiFi b/g/n or Bluetooth.

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Asus lowers netbook shipment estimates, points finger at iPad

Asus lowers netbook shipment estimates, points finger at iPad

Asus has lowered the shipment expectations for its popular line of netbooks. It seems that the iPad and its massive popularity has put a crimp in sales for Asus. I am sure that Asus isn’t the only company that feels the impact of the iPad.

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Gateway LT22 Netbook Available Now in Canada

Gateway LT22 Netbook Available Now in Canada

If you find yourself in Canada, and realized just now that you need a new netbook, Gateway has you covered. They've just announced that their Gateway LT22, which is similar to the LT32 (only smaller), can now be purchased with all your hard earned Canadian monies. Featuring a smattering of run-of-the-mill features, this netbook may not be king of the hill, but at least it isn't the bottom of the barrel, either.

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36M Netbooks to be purchased in 2010

36M Netbooks to be purchased in 2010

According to research firm Techaisle there will be 36 million netbooks purchased by consumers and businesses in 2010. That number would be a growth of 13% compared to 2009. The penetration of the netbook in business is predicted to be 5.3% and in the consumer market is will hit 1.8%.

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