Video and summary of the GNB netbook/UMPC

June 9, 2009
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GNB Netbook/UMPC

GNB Netbook/UMPC

Computex is now coming to an end, but Run SSD have released a video revealing a GNB netbook/UMPC that is really something a bit different. The device is tagged as the ‘750’ and sports a 7-inch touch screen running Google’s Android. It is somewhere between a netbook and even a UMPC as it is super small and super light, weighing only 680g.

Inside, the UMPC offers a solid state drive (SSD), the capacity of which ranges from 2GB to 8GB. Similarly, you can have either 128MB or 256MB of RAM. Combine this with the Freescale i.MX31 CPU and we’re looking at about 2.5 hours of battery life. On the back of the device we find a USB 2.0 connection, Ethernet, and the power-supply port. On the left side there is a 4-in-1 card reader along with the standard microphone and headphone connections. The front offers little in the way of connectivity, revealing a handful of LED status lights, whereas the right hand side of the device offers a further two 2.0 USB connections, bringing the total to three USB 2.0 connections altogether. Not bad!

The display itself is non-glossy and touch-screen. It offers the same resolution as the HTC Magic and the keyboard is apparently very good for such a small device. The whole form factor is small enough to allow you to thumb type if you so wish.

The version of Android that is running on the device appears to be nothing more than a simple 1.5 port, but this is by no means definitive that the final production version will also run this build. There is no word on pricing, release date or region availability at this point.


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