First Android smartbook unveiled


Computer manufacturer HP and chipset maker Qualcomm have announced they will be the first to join forces to develop an Android-based smartbook device.

A smartbook is between a smartphone and a netbook in terms of size and has the battery life of a smartphone, with the functionality of a netbook. The device will integrate Qualcomm’s fast Snapdragon processor, providing speeds of up to 1GHz.

The chipset also enables a longer battery life, several applications to be open at once and higher quality multimedia to be played.

Qualcomm CDMA Technologies senior vice president of product management Luis Pineda said: “Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform delivers significant competitive advantages to our customers, enabling them to feature exceptional performance, ubiquitous connectivity and powerful multimedia in devices ranging from mobile handsets to smartbooks.

“Working together with partners such as HP, we will be able to bring a more valuable connected experience to consumers around the world.”

HP senior vice president in the Personal Systems Group Steve Manser said: “HP has a long history of providing consumers with an exceptional level of computing.  “By leveraging the unique features of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipset and the Android operating system, HP is showcasing an entirely new type of mobile device designed specifically for consumers who live a large part of their lives online.”