August 1, 2014

$100 Android Netbooks Coming?

skynoteSkytone, a company predominantly known for low-cost children’s laptops might be among the first to release and Android netbook.  Called the Alpha 680, it will offer a 7″ LCD screen, 800 x 480 WVGA with a touch pad.  It is promised to be available in white, black, yellow pink and red, ranging in price from $100-$200.

Other specs include a 533 MHz ARM processor, 128MB RAM, expandable to 256MB.  Internal storage is relatively low 1GB solid state hard drive, which can expand up to 4GB.  The Alpha 680 comes equipped with Wi-Fi or USB dongles for hooking up to cellular networks. Also included are microphone input, stereo out, and an optional built-in video camera.

The specs aren’t much different from some of today’s smart phones.  Except for the flash drive expansion, it’s virtually a G1 with a pair of USB ports.  However, even a stripped down netbook like this could function as a decent mobile internet device.  Email, web, and social networking on the go would be easier with larger screens.  If the price is right, this type of device could sell well.