Qualcomm shows ASUS Eee PC running Android

June 1, 2009

qualcomm_snapdragonAccording to the IDG News Service, Qualcomm has begun showing off an ASUS Eee PC netbook that is running on a new Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU with the Android OS at the Computex show today in Taiwan.

Qualcomm is calling the device a “smartbook.”  The device is larger than a smartphone, of course, yet smaller than a typical netbook since Qualcomm’s compact 1GHz Snapdragon CPU requires no fans or heat sinks to operate properly.  This is the first ASUS netbook to use a non-Intel processor, and Qualcomm’s snapdragon CPU is based on the same ARM core architecture that most smartphone use today.

Video and more info after the jump.

Qualcomm declined to provide the name or full specs of the ASUS smartbook, but it did say that the device has a 10-inch display and dual-mode UMTS/CDMA 3G connectivity.  The company also said that the device should run for 8 to 10 hours on a full charge with 3G connectivity enabled.

Qualcomm also showed a version of the device running the Xandros Linux OS, in addition to the Android model that interests us.  Qualcomm also featured a prototype from ODM Compal that was running Android.

Qualcomm expects the first netbooks running on its Snapdragon processors to appear on the market by the end of the year.  A new version of the CPU, the Snapdragon 8650A, will run at 1.3GHz and will be available in devices next year.

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