In the past we have seen the Eee Pad Transformer that is a tablet with a docking station giving you the utility of an Android tablet along with the ability to make it an Android netbook
. The Asus PadFone is an Android smartphone that can be housed in a docking station making it a tablet.
Acer noted it will strongly promote Android Netbook
PCs in the third quarter, as well as new TravelMate-series to target the business market, believing it will see high growth in sales of business-type PCs in the second half due to increased demand for machine replacement.
<p>Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS) also showed off a smartbook running Android, on chips from Texas Instruments.<p>Acer may become the first company to put out a netbook with Android in the third quarter of this year if it can beat some rivals, such as China's Guangzhou Skytone Transmission Technologies, which has said its Android netbook
is undergoing final testing.
The PadFone tablet can then be housed in a keyboard dock making it an Android netbook
. Today we have with us a 7-inch tablet with the ability to house a SIM card slot and make calls (apart from provide 3G connectivity).
The intelligent docking station allows the Eee Pad TF101 to transform into a 10-inch Android netbook
, if you will, for tasks that otherwise are cumbersome to do with mere swipes.
announced plans at Computex to try to be the first out with an Android netbook
in Q3, the first model will, surprisingly, be using an Atom processor.<p>Acer said it relied on a Taiwanese company, Insyde Software, to port the open-source Android over to Atom.
<p>One Chinese maker, Guangzhou Skytone, has already announced its intention to release a 1.5-pound, $250 Android netbook
using the ARM processor that is dominant on smartphones today.
announced a Google Android netbook
, the Alpha 680, which runs an ARM11 processor and costs $100 to $200.
<p>Asustek Computer Inc., meanwhile, has said that it may build an Android netbook
. Meanwhile, computer maker Dell Inc.
Plus, Android netbooks
will be cheaper than Windows 7 netbooks."