Smartbook

Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID hands-on [Video]

Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID hands-on [Video]

Toshiba's first MID (Mobile Internet Device) has made its debut, in the shape of the Android-based Toshiba AC100. Using a form-factor we'd more commonly describe as a netbook or smartbook - Toshiba say they picked the classic design over a more common slate-style MID because it's more familiar for users and offers better ergonomics and text-entry - the AC100 runs NVIDIA's second-generation Tegra 250 chipset making it 1080p HD capable.

First impressions and hands-on video after the cut

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Lenovo U1 Hybrid & Skylight OS Smartbook Axed in Favor of Android

Lenovo U1 Hybrid & Skylight OS Smartbook Axed in Favor of Android

It actually hasn't been that long since Lenovo promised us, and everyone else for that matter, that the U1 Hybrid and Skylight Smartbook featuring Skylight OS was still coming. Not that long at all. But, all good things must come to an end, and in all honesty, if it means that something better could be coming along, well, we're all for it. Today, Lenovo has officially pronounced the two promising platforms and pieces of hardware tech dead before arrival.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 gets reviewed: too flawed for mainstream

HP Compaq Airlife 100 gets reviewed: too flawed for mainstream

Smartbooks may not have breached the market at the pace ARM hoped for, but even with that delay the first models in the wild are getting mixed reviews.  Over at Carrypad our old friend Steve "Chippy" Paine has been putting the Airlife 100 through its paces since unboxing it earlier this week, and while it's nowhere near perfect there are some real strengths, not least lengthy battery life even when always connected to a 3G network.

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Freescale smartbook concepts take on mobile gaming, iPad & more

Freescale smartbook concepts take on mobile gaming, iPad & more

We love a good concept mock-up, and Freescale are generally a pretty good source for them.  After last year's smartbook designs the company has again turned to the Savannah
College of Art & Design (SCAD) to come up with nine new ideas for the mobile device of the future.  Among the selection - which are gradually being revealed on Freescale's blog, along with the research that educated them - there's a gaming device targeted at teenagers that also allows for easy SMS and instant-messaging, together with a tilt-screen ultraportable notebook that can be used as a slate for young professionals to take handwritten notes in lectures and meetings.

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Flash delay and tablet hysteria to blame for smartbook shortage reckons ARM

Flash delay and tablet hysteria to blame for smartbook shortage reckons ARM

Lenovo's Skylight smartbook launch delay was rumored to be so that the company could rework the software and make it more competitive against the iPad; according to ARM, that reworking could predominantly be happening in Adobe's labs.  The company's VP of marketing, Ian Drew, told ZDNet that smartbooks had "stalled" because of Adobe's delay in bringing Flash Player 10 and AIR support to ARM chipsets; "Our target is mostly internet machines — it becomes sort of a requirement that they run the internet" he highlighted, before going on to suggest that would-be smartbook manufacturers had been "confused" by the flurry in tablet form-factor devices.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

HP Compaq Airlife 100 arrives in Spain for €230

We've been waiting for pricing details of the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook since the 3G-enabled, Android based ultraportable was first announced back in February, and carrier Telefonica has just now delivered.  According to Telecompaper the carrier's Spanish arm, Movistar, has priced the Airlife 100 - which is based on a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and has a 10.1-inch touchscreen - at €230 ($304) presuming you're willing to sign up to a €49 ($65) per month data plan.

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HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook US launch tipped by product page

HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook US launch tipped by product page

Specs on the HP Compaq Airlife 100 smartbook weren't exactly in short supply - the company covered pretty much everything we'd want to know in their original release and when we grabbed hands-on time with the ultraportable a few months back - but it's nice to have everything in one place.  HP's US site has been updated with a product page for the Airlife 100, confirming its 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and customized Android OS.

Video demo after the cut

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Lenovo Skylight smartbook US launch delayed until June

Lenovo Skylight smartbook US launch delayed until June

Lenovo's Skylight smartbook was meant to be shipping sometime this month, but the company has confirmed that the US launch window for the Snapdragon-based ultraportable has been pushed back to July.  A Lenovo spokesperson told Laptop that "With any new product that we introduce, we owe it to our customers to get it right and we would rather take the little extra time that sometimes takes to finalize a product," though given the company's other launch plans for the Skylight it's possibly an issue with their carrier partner in the US, AT&T, that is holding up the smartbook.

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