HP has announced a deal with Telefonica, who own O2 in the United Kingdom, to launch their brand new Airlife 100. This Smartbook will offer Android under the hood and is a hybrid between a smartphone and a netbook. Why? Well, perhaps to some it could just be a netbook, but given the fact is has 3G support built in and offers a 10.1-inch touchscreen all powered by Android, we’d beg to differ.

It really does look as though Android might do well on a netbook-style device after all. At least HP’s Compaq division is hoping so. Aside from the Apple Mac-like good looks, the Airlife 100 will provide up to 12 hours of battery life on a 1Ghz Snapdragon processor. For storage, HP offer 16GB SSD and in terms of connectivity, as previously mentioned, the device offers integrated 3G and of course WiFi.

Personally I own a light weight 13.3-inch laptop with built in 3G and it does the trick for me as a hybrid between a real computer and something more portable. However, a device such as this might persuade me to rethink my requirements for a ultra-light weight device primarily designed for the internet. After all, I was never sold on the original netbook craze. But then, what will I do with my smartphone? When more details surface, we’ll keep you apprised.

James Tromans
Contributing editor of AndroidAuthority.com, based in the U.K.