Acer's plans for Android haven't been a secret, but we have to say that this little netbook, with just enough of Google's mobile Operating System (OS) on it to seem pretty interesting, is quite the treat. It utilizes Microsoft's Windows XP as the main OS, but then it has the ability to quick boot into Android. You'll be able to achieve this with Acer's configuration manager, which is pre-installed on the system.
We're still waiting to see what the OLPC team make of the Marvell Moby tablet reference platform, but until then we'll make do with the promise of dramatically improved text entry abilities on the current model. The OLPC XO-1.5 HS (where the "HS" stands for "High School") throws out the membrane keyboard and replaces it with a proper 'board, after the Uruguay government decided they wanted to roll out the netbook to their older students.
Christoph Derndorger from OLPC News managed to grab some hands-on time with the XO-1.5 HS while he was in Asución, and the feedback is good. Typing is far easier than with the membrane 'board, though OLPC has used a physical keyboard with an unusual arrow key layout; rather than the traditional T-formation, they're all lined up in a single row.
Video demo after the cut
HP has quietly outed a new netbook, the HP Mini 5103, complete with a choice of Atom N455 or N475 processors and an optional touchscreen display. The 10.1-inch netbook has up to 2GB of RAM, a choice of up to 320GB HDD or 128GB SSD, and Intel GMA 3150 graphics as standard; buyers can specify the Broadcom Crystal HD video accelerator, with an HD screen option.
Well, fancy that. Just after showing you a new Eee USB hard drive, we've got Asus showcasing a new, 10-inch netbook with the same branding. If you're looking for a new netbook, this new Eee PC model may be the next best choice, but then again, some of the features you'll find in this new model are pretty commonplace within the netbook market.
I bet there are many people out there who would like to have two chargers for their netbook. With two chargers, you can leave one at the house and one at the office and not have to fiddle with plugging and unplugging them each time you go to one place or the other.
The Samsung N220 may not be the highest or fastest selling netbook out there, but it is still a pretty capable machine. Especially if you're in the market for a netbook. And while we're sure that Samsung is more than please with it, that's not stopping them from creating an upgraded model. Keeping a lot of the same features, and yet improving in areas that matter most to some folks out there, the N220 Plus Premium is just another good addition to the Samsung netbook line-up.
Miffy is a cartoon rabbit that my daughter has watched from time to time on TV. She even has a couple storybooks with Miffy in them. I'm not particularly surprised to learn that Miffy is somewhat of a pop icon in Japan.
Verizon has outed its latest 3G-enabled netbook, the Samsung N150, which for $49.99 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) and the promise to stay faithful to the carrier for two years, can be yours today. Toting a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor paired with 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard-drive and both WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, the 10.1-inch N150 has not only EVDO Rev.A 3G support but triband UMTS/HSPA (850/1900/2100) and quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE for use outside of the US.
With Pixel-Qi's DIY 3qi display kit showing up in the Maker Shed store last week - and then promptly selling out - we've been waiting to see what the results are like "in the wild". Jesse Vincent seems to be among the first to receive his multi-mode panel, and he promptly slapped it into a Samsung N135 netbook and shot a video demo (which you can see after the cut).