updated 09:25 am EST, Wed November 4, 2009
Litl Webbook launches with custom OS
Litl has quickly acted on rumors by launching its first computer, the Webbook. The PC breaks away from the usual netbook market through a unique 12-inch LCD that bends almost completely backwards and turns the system into an easel-like display; the mode is considered ideal for video watching or for sharing content with someone else. To match, the screen uses a high-quality LCD with a 178-degree viewing angle and better colors, and unlike most netbooks carries a dedicated (but unnamed) GPU that can decode H.264 video at up to 720p.
The computer runs its own operating system that is both "always on" and which has a very simple, visual interface with channels for Flickr and Shutterfly photos, Facebook updates and Weather Channel forecasts. An optional remote can steer many tasks in the easel view or when the Webbook is linked to a TV through HDMI output. As a result of the custom interface, the system can afford relatively lightweight specs with a 1.6GHz Atom chip, 1GB of RAM and just 2GB of permanent storage.
Litl sells its portable today for $699 through its online shop. The remote costs $19.