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Submission + - Archos opens up Linux Tablets to developers (archos.com) 1

Charbax writes: On the one side you have the closed iPad for $499-$829, on the other you have dozens of awesome open ARM Powered Linux Tablets coming to the market from MSI, Asus, ICD, Notion Ink, HP, Dell and others, most are based on Android and are likely to foster competition that can provide cheaper and better Tablets than Apple. Archos is the only manufacturer with powerful Android Tablets on the market since October 2009, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (8GB) is now available for $249 in Radio Shack and (16GB) for $279 in Best Buy. Today, Archos is releasing the Special Edition Firmware that adds an Ångström Linux as a dual-boot for their latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet generation so that developers can start developing powerful Linux solutions for the Archos Linux tablets and not only do Android stuff.

Comment Re:Not a $100 laptop (Score 1) 220

isupply.com usually makes Bill Of Material calculations on all these devices. They and other such industry analysts websites can inform on the component costs. Smart phones like iphone and Android phones are usually below $150 in Bill of Materials (+/- $30 depending on the screen quality and quality of other few components used) and it's usually below $10 in manufacturing costs.

Comment Re:OLPC? (Score 1) 220

OLPC are working on something like this, and ARM Powered OLPC laptop, it is called the XO 1.75, it will likely be based on the Marvell Armada 610 or 510 processor, thus faster than this, and run 50 hours on a battery with the latest 100mw Pixel Qi screen, check my videos of that processor at CES 2010: http://armdevices.net/2010/01/18/marvell-slim-desktop-solution-ebox-based-on-the-marvell-armada-510-processor/ also running Chromium OS: http://armdevices.net/2010/01/14/marvell-runs-chromium-os-on-the-armada-510/

Comment Re:Not a $100 laptop (Score 3, Interesting) 220

Surely if Google designs a perfect one and launches manufacturing of 10 million units, they can make them at $60 a piece and sell them on google.com/laptop for less than $100 also subsidized further by Google's online ads. The biggest cost of the laptop is the screen, using Pixel Qi the battery life can be upwards more than 20 hours even with a small cheap Laptop battery.

Comment Re:Laptop vs Cellphone Costs (Score 1) 220

Exactly, the telecom companies are dictating cell phone prices. If it weren't for those telecom companies, we would be able to buy unlocked Nexus Ones for less than $200 at the moment. Nexus One has faster ARM Cortex A8 processor, AMOLED screen, built-in HSDPA, better battery, 4x more RAM memory, kind of justifies why a Nexus One costs $150 to manufacture and this 7" laptop probably costs less than $80 to mass manufacture.

Comment Re:Zoom (Score 3, Interesting) 220

If you can read the full Slashdot homepage on 480x320 3.5" iphone screen, then surely you could read it too zoomed on a 800x480 7" screen (4x the size and 2.5x the resolution compared to the iphone). Though surely a 8.9" 1024x600 resolution screen would be nicer and would fit in the same form factor and maybe only add $20 to the cost of this device.

Comment Re:Android really fit for Netbooks? (Score 1) 220

Yeah, logically it should be rather easy to put scroll bars, use up/down buttons for quick scrolling, remove touchscreen zoom options, move applications menu to the bottom left corner (like the Windows Start menu), and provide a Google Marketplace which filters apps that are best suited for laptop form factors. Optimaly, the full Chrome browser should launch within Android for Laptop form factors. I expect this is something Google will release soon.

Comment The cheap laptops are available (Score 1) 220

I've seen them at Buy.com (2), at Amazon.com, at Kmart.com and plenty other places for even cheaper.

The point of this video is to show that Android and the much faster Android web browser can make all these cheap laptops much more usable when it comes to browsing the web. The Android browser is 100x better than the one in Windows CE or the previous Mozilla-based one they would integrate in those $100 Laptops. More usable means more people will want to buy it, which means even cheaper prices.
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Submission + - $100 Android Laptop Hivision PWS700CA video-review (armdevices.net)

Charbax writes: The Android Laptops are coming. Thanks to cheap ARM Powered Laptops made in China, and the latest most optimized Android software, we can soon buy usable $100 Laptops in all the supermarkets. In this video, I test the web browsing speed on the new Rockchip rk2808 ARM9 based PWS700CA Laptop by Shenzhen-based Hivision Co Ltd. Web browsing on AJAX-heavy websites is surprisingly snappy, and could only be even faster if ARM11, ARM Cortex A8 or A9 processors were used and if it was configured with slightly more than 128MB RAM. How soon will Google release the $100 Google Laptop?
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Submission + - $199 Freescale Tablet runs Chrome OS (armdevices.net) 3

Charbax writes: This is an extensive video interview with Freescale's Manager of Software development about their integration of the Chromium OS onto their ARM Cortex A8 i.MX51 based $199 Tablet reference design.

It seems to run smoothly and fast with multiple tabs. No touch screen support yet so input is using a USB keyboard and mouse for now, but the WiFi drivers are fine. Freescale is also demonstrating Android and Ubuntu versions. Those have 3G sim card reader built-in, even an HDMI output and 720p video playback. The question is, will they be able to support full Chrome browser web browsing at full speed on the most Javascript and Flash intensive websites and support an unlimited amount of opened tabs?

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