May 13, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
We have seen talks of Android netbooks, however we now have some images and details of an actual working prototype. The netbook is from Chinese manufacturer Skytone.
The model is the Alpha 680, however the specs and dimensions may not be what we were hoping for in terms of a netbook. To begin with, the current trend in netbooks appears to be focusing on models with a 10-inch display, the Alpha 680 has a smaller 7-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480.
Other specs include an 533Mhz ARM11 processor, 128MB of RAM, a 1GB SSD as well as Wi-Fi, an SD card slot, two USB ports and a 2-cell battery. Additionally, based on the images it would also appear that this netbook will be a tablet style and have some basic hand controls to the left and right of the display.
Of course, with the less than average netbook specs comes a slightly lower than average price tag. The Alpha 680 is expected to retail for around $250 and be available sometime in Q3 2009.
Personally, I am excited to see an Android netbook, but I am not sure this is the one that I am looking for. Nonetheless, it is nice to see what appears to be progress on the Android netbook front.