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Asus Announces SnapDragon Smartbook Running Android



JKK, from is at Computex 2009, where Asus showed off its newest EEE PC. Unlike the rest of the EEE line of netbooks that are constrained by restrictions placed on the devices by Microsoft, the Snapdragon smartbook is running an expanded version of the Android OS and has an 11.6” screen. The device runs without a fan thanks to Smartdragon’s extremely low power consumption, allowing for longer run times. JKK shot a video of the device and explains how the Qualcomm ARM processor allows for constant-on, constant-connectivity to wireless networks.



With the restrictions to hardware that Microsoft and Intel have placed on future netbooks, I can see how this evolutionary device can either make MS and Intel change their tune or be such a game changer that it will steal precious market share from the Big Two.

Via JKKMobile



  1. kenny

    06/01/2009 at 11:50 am

    Yeah, i can see the arm based smartbook with the ads: “better with windows”.
    I shall buy a smartbook. But never EVER again an asus.

  2. asiriusgeek

    06/01/2009 at 1:11 pm

    This scenario reminds me of my Redfly. I love the device concept, but I’m afraid Windows Mobile and its less than ideal browsing experience holds the Redfly back. I’m using Opera, which is better than PIE, but the Redfly isn’t compatible with the most recent version so it still suffers badly in comparison to an iPhone. If Android improves that aspect of the situation it will help, but I agree the pricing needs to be attractive.

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