Android OS Powers HP's New Smartbook

In January HP was showcasing a prototype smartbook at CES 2010, however the company said that it had no plans to bring the device to the market. However Engadget is now reporting that HP Spain is bringing an identical product to the market called the Compaq AirLife 100, describing the device as having a netbook body with the guts of a smartphone.

The Compaq AirLife 100 was spotted on the FCC's website by the end of January, however there weren't any real details on the product save for one illustration. At the time it was speculated that the device would eventually head to AT&T based on the bandwidth frequencies used by the device. It also didn't seem to be a coincidence that the device filed with the FCC and the prototype shown at CES 2010 displayed similar features.

According to Engadget Spain, the current specs reveal that the smartbook uses an Android OS platform powered by a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. Also thrown into the mix is a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, a 16 GB SSD (!), a 12-hour battery life (10 days on standby), Instant-On for quick booting, and 3G and WiFi connectivity.

As it stands, the AirLife 100 smartbook will be available in Europe and Latin America, offered as a subsidized part of mobile broadband plans provided by Telefonica. Engadget believes that HP may rename the device under the HP Mini branding when it arrives here in the States.

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