$130 Android-Powered Hopeland Digital NB-100 Netbook Spotted

Last year, Android-powered notebooks, aka smartbooks, made a brief appearance on the world stage, in the from of the Compaq Airlife and the Toshiba AC100. The failure of those devices stopped most Android clamshells cold, but apparently at least one company is willing to give the concept a try. At CES last week, a Chinese company called Hopeland Digital from producing the NB-100, a tiny, low-cost Android notebook that’s powered by an 800-MHz Telechips ARM-11 CPU and 256GB of RAM.

The diminutive system, which Hopeland calls a netbook, sports a 10.2-inch 1024×600 screen,  8GB of internal Flash storage, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and an Ethernet port. It runs Google Android 2.1, with no word yet as to whether it will be upgradeable to Android 2.2 or 2.3. ARMdevices.net’s Nicolas Charbonnier,  who discovered the NB-100, has pegged its price at about $130 U.S. dollars.

Since Hopeland Digital is a Chinese ODM that was looking for buyers at CES, you should not expect to see this device come to market under the Hopeland or even the NB-100 model number. However, it is possible that some U.S. distributor looking to sell inexpensive products could rebrand these and sell them on the cheap at Kmart or CVS or online. We’d be eager to put this truly unique system through its

Charbonnier got hands-on with the Hopeland Digital NB-100 at CES and shares his observations in the video below. Check out his post on the NB-100 for more details.

via ARMdevices.net

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The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. Josh Says:

    256 (GB?) of RAM?

  2. Henry Says:

    Watch the video. The info tag from the booth says 256 MB.

    This could probably use a snappier processor, but what couldn’t? (I’m still pissed I couldn’t buy a netbook with a same-MHz VIA Nano instead of the early, lame Intel Atoms.) With the kind of dual-core chips used in the newest phones, this should do really nicely. But if it simply does decent-enough, this could have commercial marketability.

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