HP Compaq AirLife 100 smartbook rocks Snapdragon, Android

We’ve missed this one, but it’s important so we’re going with it nonetheless…

HP has unveiled its first Android-powered smartbook called Compaq AirLife 100. As you can guess from the post’s title, this baby gets its power from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset (QSD8250), ensuring for smooth experience. Here are the highlights:

  • 10.1-inch touchscreen (this is definitely the single most expensive component of the AirLife 100)
  • 16GB of internal flash-based storage, plus an SD card slot
  • 512MB RAM, 512MB Flash memory
  • Instant-on capability (very cool!)
  • Dedicated Android keys at the touch pad
  • Front-facing VGA camera for video calls
  • WiFi, HSPA connectivity
  • GPS with NDrive navigation system pre-installed
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • Size: 264×166.5×23.8 mm / 1 kg

Availability wise, the Compaq AirLife 100 is expected to hit the market in Cloud White during the spring in select countries exclusively through Telefonica.

My two cents: everything is great about the AirLife 100 except for the size. Why oh why it’s not smaller? It’s the size of any other HP netbook. They should’ve made something like the Sony VAIO P – now that would be something, as I argued in the past. This way, I really don’t see them moving tons of units. Sure, Telefonica will subsidize the device, but I’m guessing they already do the same with some other netbook models…

  • edward

    Neat smartbook! Any idea how much would it cost?

  • Jim

    When will this smartbook be available in north America? Also, how much will it cost?

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