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Skytone Alpha 680 Android smartbook gets video review

September 11, 2009 at 10:48 am


Skytone Alpha 680 We last heard of Skytone’s Alpha 860 smartbook back in May. Its main claim to fame was being the first Android netbook to be announced, despite somewhat anaemic specifications. The 7-inch (800 x 480) Alpha 680 is powered by an ARM 11 533MHz processor, 128MB RAM and 1GB of flash storage as standard. An optional upgrade to 256MB RAM and 4GB flash storage is possible. For those that want more, a SDHC slot is also supported.

Jason from Rockland got hold of a (garish) yellow Alpha 680 and shot some video impressions. Whilst the specifications may not be too grand, the form factor looks promising. It is a convertible netbook with touchscreen display and he demonstrated some touch features of Android. It does seem that it’s not entirely market ready right now, for example the accelerometer doesn’t seem to work. However, as a proof of concept it looks like something like this could take off with the right balance of hardware/price/design. Check out the video after the break.

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9 Responses to “Skytone Alpha 680 Android smartbook gets video review”

  1. johnathan said:
    September 14th, 2009 3:15 AM

    However, as a proof of concept it looks like something like this could take off with the right balance of hardware/price/design. Definitely could but we will see how it all pans out, found via http://www.smartbook.asia

  2. QuantumLeap said:
    September 14th, 2009 7:09 PM

    Looks like an updated version of the http://www.littlelinuxlaptop.com Cool swivel screen tho!

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    February 23rd, 2015 1:09 AM

    Wrong. Putting two batteries in SERIES will doblue the voltage and damage the device. Putting two in PARALLEL will keep the voltage the same and doblue the capacity (mAh). Just be careful to parallel cells/batteries at the same open-circuit voltage, otherwise one will try to charge the other, and if the difference is large enough one or both might get damaged.

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