updated 04:00 pm EST, Fri November 20, 2009
Pegatron demos 10-inch smartbook with Ubuntu
A 10-inch smartbook from Pegatron was spotted at the Connected Community Technical Symposium on Friday. It runs on Linux Ubuntu and is powered by an ARM processor, though other details are scarce. The sighting comes just one day after Pegatron GM Chou Biao Sheng said the company will bring out a smartbook in the first quarter of 2010, priced at less than $200.
Chou said advantages of the smartbook include its always-on nature, comparing it to a cellphone, quick boot-up for when full functionality is required, their small power use and form factor, friendly user interface and low price.
Pegatron has shown a smartbook before, with an ARM Cortex A8 chip on its Freescale iMX515 CPU that is shared with the Palm Pre smartphone. That smartbook hasn't yet seen the light of day, though it is said to be capable of playing back 720p HD movies. [via Shanzai]