Completely screwing up any categorisation I ever used in the mobile computing space is the Wistron PurseBook (aka PBook and what we highlighted incorrectly as the ‘FirstBook’ last week.) Take a look at this video from Engadget and then consider some of the specs, especially the weight which comes in at an impressively light 800gm.
- Snapdragon Platform: 1Ghz ARM V7 CPU
- Hardware video decoding
- 3D-capable GPU
- Integrated 3G, Wifi, BT, GPS
- 11.1 inch screen (resolution unknown. Touch unknown)
- Linux OS (Thundersoft and Xandros possibilities)
- ‘Full size’ keyboard
- Optical Mouse
- $299-$499 estimated price range.
- 8hrs battery life
- Full specs and info.
The 11.1 inch screen size is quite misleading as it’s a super-wide aspect meaning it would be something like 1024×480 resolution, less pixels than many 8.9 inch netbooks. Update: ‘Kola’ spotted a pic (see comments) that shows the resolution as 1280×545. My guess on the size is about 280x150x25. [See comparison image below] The processor isn’t going to give you netbook browsing speeds either but it’s going to be way better than we’re seeing on smartphones. 8hrs battery life with instant or ‘always-on’ means you’ll save time when opening it just to make a quick check on email or a web page and it also means you could leave IM, Skype, Tweetdeck running all the time.