Hands-on with Snapdragon-powered Wistron PBook

leadToday at CTIA we went hands-on with a new prototype from Wistron called the PBook, which is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform. This long device with a red lid sports an 11-inch display (kind of like a big brother to the VAIO P) and a full-size keyboard.
It has a 1-GHz processor and should be able to run up to 8 to 10 hours on a charge. There is an optical mouse flanked by two mouse buttons. The device also features accelerated 3D graphics from AMD/ATI, can support camera sensors up to 12 MP, and is designed for ubiquitous wireless connectivity via mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
The icon-based user interface was fairly intuitive during our brief hands-on, but you’re not limited to this flavor of Linux. Snapdragon will also support Android and Windows Mobile.
In terms of timing, we heard from Qualcomm that we could see devices like this Wistron proof of concept as early as the third quarter but certainly by the holiday. Check out the gallery below and a video walk-through of the system.

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