HP intros Android touchscreen smartbook, Airlife 100

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HP has unveiled its first smartbook, the Compaq Airlife 100. The device features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, (purportedly) a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 16GB SSD, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, an SD card slot, a webcam, a QWERTY keyboard around 92% the size of a standard laptop's, and it runs Android. HP says the system boots up instantly and it's good for up to 12 hours on single charge or 10 days on standby.

The Airlife 100 will be subsidized through Telefonica in Europe and Latin America. It should be in European stores this spring, but there's no information about US availability. That said, most expect a US carrier like AT&T or T-Mobile to sell the smartbook, and it could carry the HP Mini branding. Pricing also hasn't been disclosed, but it will probably vary between providers and contract terms.

From the images, the Airlife 100 looks pretty sleek -- almost like a miniature MacBook Pro -- but a convertible hinge would have been a nice touch.

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