Posts Tagged ‘Smartbook’
McGraw-Hill is taking on the one-size-fits-all strategy to textbooks with its freshly revealed SmartBook: an e-book that is declared to adjust to student’s discovering patterns. Intended at university student, the SmartBook service peppers individuals with questions as they check out and identifies exactly what subjects it should provide to reinforce learning. Come sometime this spring, the SmartBook will be available for even more than 90 course areas beginning at $ 20. It’ll be joined by a handful of comparable devices for driving home the educational program, consisting of something called LearnSmart Achieve, which is made to dish out videos and other interactive decorations in response to instantly spotted areas of weak point. When you prepare to hit guides, simply be mindful they do not hit you back.
The tablet craze may have pushed smartbooks out of the spotlight, but don’t tell Malata that — the ODM’s launching an ARM-powered mini laptop in China this very week. Spotted at Mobilize 2010, the Malata T9000 is a cute-as-a-button blue and black clamshell with a 10-inch, 1024 x 600 screen and a Marvell Armada 166 inside, running a Chinese version of Linux (on an 8GB SSD) designed for the educational market. It’s most certainly cheap and underpowered, but we weren’t really able to tell, as the UI didn’t actually launch any usable applications when we randomly clicked on the icons strewn about. That said, it’s got a fairly usable, springy little keyboard and a good number of ports, so it might be fun to tinker with, but we won’t shed a tear if the machine never makes it stateside.
Gallery: Malata T9000 smartbook, hands-on
Hey, there little guy! That’s the Toshiba AC100 — an Android 2.1 smartbook with Toshiba’s custom user interface — on show in the UK, where you can now grab one up. The 10.1-inch, 1.9-pounder has yet to show its face anywhere near the US, but as for specs it’s got a 1GHz Tegra 250 SoC, a 32GB SSD, 512MB of DDR2 memory, 802.11n WiFi, optional 3G, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a 1.3 megapixel webcam, and an HDMI port. While it’s listed on Amazon you still can’t actually order one of these bad boys stateside, but if you’re in the UK, you can grab one up for £292.52 (almost $450) for the non-3G model. Video of the little guy in action back in June is below.
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Ah, ha! If you’ll recall, we happened upon a Lenovo-branded netbook of sorts back in June, but curiously enough, Freescale and Pegatron components were powering the thing. Now, it seems that yet another flavor has emerged as the Efika MX Smartbook. Frankly, we aren’t too sure this thing fits into the ‘smartbook’ category (given the comparatively spacious 10-inch display), but we are sure that the $349 price point is borderline absurd considering the wealth of decent netbook options at or below that very MSRP. At any rate, those still interested should know that there’s an 800MHz i.MX515 processor under the hood along with 16GB of NAND Flash, an MMC / SD card slot, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a pair of USB 2.0 ports, integrated 1.3 megapixel camera, a 1,024 x 600 resolution panel and enough oomph to power through HD video, supposedly. Tap that source link if you’re looking to take a risk, but we’d probably recommend against it.
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- Qi Smartbook U2000 – Mobile Phone, PDA and Netbook 3 in 1
- Mobile Office: Word, OneNote, PowerPoint and Excel, Windows Mobile 6.5
- 5 inch touchscreen at 800×480 high resolution
- 3.2MP Camera, Bluetooth and WiFi
- Unlocked Quad-Band Connectivity, Easy sync with your PC using Microsoft ActiveSync
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Primary Function: Qi Smartbook U2000 – 5 Inch Windows Mobile 6.5 PDA Smartphone
CPU: Marvell PXA310 at 624 MHz
ROM: 256 MB
RAM: 256 MB
OS: Windows Mobile 6.5
OS Language: English
PC synchronization: Yes
Extension Slot: Micro SD up to 16 GB SD/TF card (4 GB card included for FREE)
GSM Compatibility (Quad Band): EDGE/GSM/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900MHz
SIM Card Type: 2G, 2.5G, 2.75G
Number of SIM: 1
Bluetooth Profile: headset, hands-free, object push, serial port, dial-up network
WiFi: IEEE802.11 b/g
Connector: Mini USB for charging/sync/earphone
Screen: 5.0 Inch TFT LCD Touch Panel
Resolution: 800 x 480
Color: 65 K
Display Style: Portrait or Landscape
Messages: TXT or MMS
Speed Dial: Yes
Caller Picture: Yes
Caller Ringtone: Yes
Ringtone Type: MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Image Sensor: 3.2 MP
Image Format: JPG
Video Resolution: 320 x 240, 176 x 144
Video Format: 3GP or MP4
Image Quality: Low, Normal, High
Image Format: JPEG, GIF, Tiff, BMP, PNG
Video Format: 3GP, AVI, MPEG-4, ASF
Audio Format: MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV, AMR
Document View: PDF read, TXT document, WORD, EXCEL, POWERPOINT
Windows Media Player: Version 10 for Pocket PC
Office Tools: Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Word
PDA software: Calculator, Calender, Alarm, Voice Recorder, IE, Task Planner, Note, ActiveSync, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer
Java Application: Yes
Windows Messenger Live: Yes
Accessories: Games, Camera, Picture Viewer, File Explorer
Connection: GPRS, WiFi
Web Browser: Internet Explorer Mobile
Windows Live: Yes
Microsoft Messenger: Yes
Windows Marketplace: Yes
Hand Writing: Yes (Transcriber)
Stylus Included: Yes
Battery: Built-in Rechargeable Li-ion Battery 2000mAh
Talk Time: 200 minutes
Standby Time: 80 hours
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The future for Augen’s $150 tablet and $100 smartbook isn’t looking good — not only do the blue-light specials have slow processors and resistive touchscreens, but their official Google app privileges have just been revoked. To be fair, Android Market actually wasn’t working on either device from the get-go, but Augen just sent us a statement confirming that the entire proprietary suite (including Market, Gmail and more) was preloaded on the devices without Google’s permission, and won’t appear on new batches that make it to store shelves. Augen says it’s working with Google to secure rights to these apps for new products further down the road, but if you want a dirt-cheap mass market Android device with these apps preinstalled, you’d best head on down to Kmart… assuming they’re finally in stock, of course. Press release after the break.
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Toshiba Parties with Android ‘Smartbook’, Dual Screen Netbook
Toshiba has spent the last 25 years refining the basic laptop design of flat screen, x86 processor, full-size keyboard and removable storage. Its PortÃ©gÃ© R700 will continue that tradition when it goes on sale next quarter, but two other new portable computers Toshiba will release around the same time take the company in new directions.
It’s not easy to launch a new product category, especially if devices don’t have a magically-delicious hook, but that’s not why ARM thinks it’s taken so long to deliver the smartbook. In an interview with ZDNet UK, VP Ian Drew said Adobe’s blame was undeniable — Flash didn’t deliver ARM optimization in time for subnetbooks to be viable. Compounding the issue, the tablet craze has manufacturers all atwitter, he said, diverting smartbook resources to the iPad party instead. As far as netbooks are concerned, Drew cited poor adoption of Linux; he reminded us ARM smartbooks can’t do x86. Asked if Atom (which can) might be the real reason for delay, he said absolutely, positively no way. The executive said manufacturers apparently hadn’t brought up that idea even once. Guess we’ll have to take his word on that one.
ARM blames Flash, netbooks and tablets for smartbook delay, oh my originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 May 2010 02:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
This is a demo of a smartbook running Android and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor from the Digital Experience event the night before CES.
Funny how our tune on smartbooks totally changes when one’s got an $85 price tag. We happened upon Coby’s booth at CeBIT this morning and of all the fairly cheap feeling laptops the company had on display it was its 7-inch NBPC722 smartbook that cozied right up to us. Okay, so it isn’t as thin or attractive as the $499 Lenovo’s Skylight, but again let us remind you that it costs about as much as a couple of new printer ink cartridges. Inside the little guy packs a 624MHz Marvell PXA303 processor, 2GB of flash storage and runs Windows CE which all should be good enough for some light Web browsing and e-mail writing. There was actually a YouTube shortcut on the desktop, but the NBPC722 wasn’t connected to try it out. Apparently this inexpensive laptop should be making its way stateside this spring, but until the flowers start blooming you’ve got the video below.
Gallery: Coby NBPC722 smartbook
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