Bargain hunters looking for a new ultraportable this Christmas would do well to hold off until the new year, including ASUS CEO Jerry Shen has announced that the company plans into an Android-based Smartbook in the 1st Quarter of 2010
That could be valued at around $ 180th ASUS included to show the companies Smartbook prototypes-based on 1 GHz processor from Qualcomm's Snapdragon-in June, but since then have played down their involvement with the format.
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Description of Smartbook as a "secret weapon", confirmed that Shen slot into the company's Eee PC line would be. No further details were given, but the beginning Smartbook integrated reference designs, we have seen, 3G WWAN and GPS, and promised that "all day" battery life.
The GPS functionality could tie in with other partnerships, is proposed. Sascha from NetbookNews has highlighted the ongoing parnership with ASUS Garmin (the fruit, which are just now)
The unloved nuvifone area and obviously from a source fingering RIM added as another potential employees. They are a combination of tilting location-based services, navigation and messaging, but again, there are no details.