February 12, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
HP showcased an Android smartbook/netbook concept at CES but said it was made “just as a concept to show what we can do.” Well the concept must have impressed quite a few people as HP has elected to release the device as the Compaq Airlife 100. Sporting a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 16GB SSD, and a Snapdragon processor, the Airlife 100 would bring to life those old rumors of HP putting Android on netbooks.
The Airlife 100 is set to be available in Europe and Latin America through Telefonica (possibly in the U.S. under AT&T). It would provide 10-12 hours of battery life, turn on instantly, and browse the web through an integrated 3G modem or WiFi. It would also include a VGA camera and a heavily-customized Android build (no word yet on which version). Below is a gallery of press photos as well as a video demo that HP showed to me at CES.
You’ll notice custom widgets, a dock bar, file manager, photo gallery, custom music player, and more unique tweaks designed specifically for a device of this size and capabilities. There are no core Google apps because of lack of certification, but you can cross your fingers that Google will grant permission for the Airlife to run the Android Market, Gmail, Maps, etc.