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ASUS Eee Smartbook dropping Q1 2010 for around $180

ASUS Eee Smartbook dropping Q1 2010 for around $180

Bargain hunters looking for a new ultraportable this Christmas could do well to hold off until the new year, as ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has announced the company plans to launch an Android-based Smartbook in Q1 2010 that could be priced at around $180.  ASUS were among the companies demonstrating Smartbook prototypes - based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor - back in June, but since then have downplayed their involvement with the format.

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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.

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Qualcomm in legal hotspot in Germany over “Smartbook”

Qualcomm in legal hotspot in Germany over “Smartbook”

Qualcomm ran into some legal trouble today when Smartbook AG filed a restraining order against them in Germany. Apparently, Qualcomm does not have the right to use the "Smartbook" moniker in that country.

If the company doesn't quit it pronto, they will be fined $358,000 or even arrested for contempt. Qualcomm is currently in the works of creating smartbooks, which will be combination of netbook and smartphone.

Smartbook AG says they have the copyright to the name, so that might present problems for Qualcomm. But we'll just have to see how this plays out. Either Qualcomm goes with a different name in Germany or face heavy fines.

Nokia Smartbook tipped to follow Booklet 3G in mid-2010

Nokia Smartbook tipped to follow Booklet 3G in mid-2010

A few days ago Nokia hadn't a single netbook on their product sheet; now, according to DigiTimes' mysterious sources, they're set to enter not one but two budget ultraportable niches.  Hot on the heels of the Nokia Booklet 3G comes rumor that the Finns plan an ARM-based Smartbook in mid-2010; while there's no talk of specifications it comes as no surprise to see that everything Smartbooks are being lauded for - long battery life, multiple connectivity options - are the same things Nokia has prioritized in the Booklet 3G.

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Pegatron Smartbook out-slims skinny Eee PC

Pegatron Smartbook out-slims skinny Eee PC

Pegatron's Smartbook prototype has made another appearance, this time squaring up to one of ASUS' Eee PC models in order to flaunt its slender chassis.  The Smartbook - here in touching, emotionally-available, secure-in-its-own-masculinity pink - is considerably thinner than a netbook (the 1005HA) that until now has helped lead the pack in terms of slimline scale, and it's not an unfair battery comparison either.  The Pegatron may only have a 2-cell, 4,400mAh battery, but thanks to the low-voltage components inside it's rated for around eight hours runtime.

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Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony touchscreen VAIOs planned for Windows 7; PlayStation Network integration

Sony are planning VAIO computers with touch capabilities once Windows 7 launches, potentially taking advantage of casual gaming, streaming and downloadable movies and TV content from the PlayStation Network.  Speaking in an interview with LaptopMag, Sony's senior VP of the Information Technology Products Division, Mike Abary confirmed that the company find the touch functionality in Windows 7 "compelling" and that they would be looking to adopt some of those technologies in their upcoming PC ranges.

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