Rumors of Android-powered netbooks from Dell, HP and Asus have been circulating but the Chinese manufacturer Skytone is apparently the first to get a working prototype together for the world to see. Based upon an ARM11 533Mhz CPU, the Alpha 680 will sport a 7-inch 800×480 display, 128MB of DDR2 RAM (expandable to 256 MB), 1GB SSD drive (expandable to 4 GB), SD card slot, two USB ports, Wi-Fi, 2-cell battery, keyboard and touch pad. Measuring 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, 1.2 inches thick and weighing in at 1.5 lbs, the Alpha 680 will fit the niche as a “tween device” smaller than the average 8.9″ netbook and bigger than the average mobile phone. Though less than aesthetically pleasing with all the cherry red bezel, the Alpha 680 will no doubt garner attention when it launches in Q3 2009 with an expected $250 price tag. Hit the jump for a few more pictures.
There has been so much talk of an Android netbook for the past few months and a few people were even successful in running the OS on their own netbooks. This time talk gets a little more serious as a price tag has accompanied the latest news of a Google-based netbook. Skytone, maker of the Alpha 400, will soon be releasing the Android-powered Alpha 680. So far little is known about the unit other than the fact it will be smaller and lighter than ASUS Eee portables and it will make use of the 533 MHz ARM11 processor (similar to the one in the iPhone). So, if you’re a pretty big fan of Android and wondering when on Earth it will be released, Skytone is pushing to have the manufacturing process in gear within the next three months. If the company can stick to the $250 tag it’s aiming for, we’re thinking this could be a pretty decent competitor in the low-end netbook market.