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Mobinnova élan smartbook software demo [Video]

Mobinnova élan smartbook software demo [Video]

After yesterday's hardware demo we were promised a video of the Mobinnova élan Smartbook's software, and here it is.  One of the most interesting devices to be debuted at Computex, the élan is based on NVIDIA's Tegra chipset and can play six hours of 1080p video on a single charge.

Video after the cut

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Mobinnova élan Tegra Smartbook gets video demo

Mobinnova élan Tegra Smartbook gets video demo

We've been quietly crushing on the Mobinnova élan Smartbook since its Computex debut, and this preview video from NetbookNews does little to dissuade that feeling.  Based on NVIDIA's Tegra chipset, the promise is both high-definition support and up to 24hrs of audio playback from the super-frugal platform.

Video overview after the cut

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Nokia order Snapdragon Smartbook and Atom netbook from Taiwanese OEMs

Nokia order Snapdragon Smartbook and Atom netbook from Taiwanese OEMs

Nokia have reportedly ordered netbook computers from OEM firms Compal and Quanta, according to the Commercial Times as quoted by Bloomberg.  While the source of the information was unclear, Nokia have seemingly ordered both Intel Atom-based netbooks and Qualcomm Snapdragon based smartbooks.  The Atom netbooks may ship as early as Q3.

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NVIDIA: WinCE is priority over Android for Smartbooks

NVIDIA: WinCE is priority over Android for Smartbooks

Microsoft and NVIDIA are working together to optimize Windows CE for Tegra-based Smartbooks, with NVIDIA exec Mike Rayfield describing Android as having a "rough user interface".  Windows CE, meanwhile, has a "low memory footprint and a good collection of apps" and "is a rock-solid operating system that has been shipped billions of times" claimed the general manager for NVIDIA's mobile business unit. 

After the cut: 1080p Tegra Smartbooks and more on the Tegra Zune HD rumors

Pegatron Vivid netbook: Tegra, 1080p and shortcut keys

Pegatron Vivid netbook: Tegra, 1080p and shortcut keys

It doesn't take much to differentiate your netbook, what with most sharing the same hardware, so Pegatron have managed to surprise and delight by slapping Yahoo!, Google, MSN and Skype keys on their Vivid prototype.  To be honest, though, they didn't need to bother: all they needed to highlight was the fact that this is one of the rare machines with NVIDIA's Tegra chipset.

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ARM Android netbooks more “snappy” than Windows 7 on Atom say analysts

ARM Android netbooks more “snappy” than Windows 7 on Atom say analysts

Two Gartner analysts have lent their weight to ARM processors and the Google Android platform as potential players in netbooks and smartbooks, tipping the pairing as possibly headed for prime time.  While they recognized that Android still needs fettling for the larger displays and broader usage patterns of a netbook-style device, Christian Heidarson and Ben Lee, analysts at Gartner, nonetheless praised its "snappy" performance on ARM-based sub-notebooks.

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 23 2009

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 23 2009

We've had a busy week here at SlashGear, with news from two shows - games-expo E3 and Computex - together with the arrival of the Palm Pre.  The latter may have just a few days in the spotlight before Apple's WWDC keynote on Monday, where we're expecting to see a new iPhone unveiled, so get yourself up to speed with our Palm Pre review in advance of our WWDC live-blog at 10am PT tomorrow.

Freescale Smartbook concepts: ARM-based ultraportables

Freescale Smartbook concepts: ARM-based ultraportables

Nothing like a new niche to get the concept artists salivating, but this time it's Freescale Semiconductor who are working on possible Smartbook designs.  The company has commissioned six prototypes, ranging from the touchscreen-slate-with-QWERTY-ears you see here to a modular mini-notebook and a leather-clad clamshell.

Five more Freescale Smartbook concepts after the cut

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Wistron N900z Smartbook: sub-$200 ARM netbook

Wistron N900z Smartbook: sub-$200 ARM netbook

Wistron's most endearing Smartbook machine may be the compact VAIO P-lookalike that has been floating around tradeshows for a few months now, but it's not their only offering with ARM under the hood.  Freescale Semiconductors are showing the Wistron N900z at their Computex 2009 stand, a more traditionally designed 10-inch netbook, and LaptopMag shot some hands-on video.

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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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ARM Mobile Computer Concept tips future of Smartbooks

ARM Mobile Computer Concept tips future of Smartbooks

Hot from the "hang on, why haven't I seen that before?" department comes ARM's video demo of what a Mobile Computer Concept should be.  Based on ARM's Cortex A9 processor with the ARM Mali 400 chipset providing graphics, the most obviously unfeasible part of the concept is the pull-out, flexible touchscreen.

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Snapdragon Eee PC runs Android in video demo [Updated]

Snapdragon Eee PC runs Android in video demo [Updated]

First the photos, now the video: Qualcomm's Snapdragon Eee PC has made its first video appearance, courtesy of jkkmobile at Computex 2009.  Even better, the Eee PC - which uses the 1GHz Snapdragon processor, as in the Toshiba TG01 - is running Android rather than Windows, and despite the low-power chip is capable of 720p playback.

Video hands-on after the cut

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