Litl Easel: 12.1” netbook with custom OS outed

October 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

Litl EaselI’ve never come across Litl before, but it looks as if the company has been beavering away behind the scenes to ‘reinvent’ the way we use our PCs. It doesn’t look like they were ready to reveal what they were working on, but Engadget managed to come across the machine from an FCC filing.

We’ll come to the hardware in a minute, as it’s the software that’s unique. It will be loaded with a custom Litl OS that presents the interface similarly to a stack of cards. These cards are classified in three cards (channels): Blue denotes the “permanent” cards and includes settings. White denotes the web cards, such as Mozilla whilst the black cards can be thought of as widgets (clock, weather etc). It even has a dedicated blue “Litl” key that works as a home page.

Litl Easel

The hardware is a mixed bag. You get a 12.1-inch (1280 x 800) display powered by a 1.86GHz Z540 Atom CPU. However this powerful processor is married with just 1GB RAM storage and a paltry 2GB of flash storage. Other features include HDMI, Wi-Fi (b/g), webcam, a solitary USB port and 2,600mAh battery. Interestingly, there is also an IR receiver that is meant to be used with a Litl remote. The whole thing weighs 1.53kg (3.38lbs).

Litl Easel

There’s no word on launch date right now, but a teaser is already up on the official website right now, which hopefully means it won’t be too much longer before we learn more from this intriguing project. The company certainly is making bold claims of the device, here’s what’s on the website right now:

Ready to hit the reset button on personal computing? litl is. Grounded in the needs of families like our own, we’re busy rethinking tomorrow’s personal computer and its role in our homes. Every day, we’re working hard to bring the world our vision of simple, functional technology.”

Litl Easel


275 Responses to “Litl Easel: 12.1” netbook with custom OS outed”

  1. Joe Random said:
    November 5th, 2009 10:37 AM

    “However this powerful processor is married with just 1GB RAM storage and a paltry 2GB of flash storage.”

    If all it does is run a www-browser with a nice GUI, that should be enough. 2GB RAM would have been a bit safer though especially considering the price of the device, but it might have been too much from the power consumption point of view (depending how long the device is supposed to run between charging).