Video: Wistron Pursebook netbook

April 4, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Wistron PursebookYesterday, we reported that the Wistron Pbook had made an appearance at CTIA. Today, Engadget was given a demo of the Pursebook (I’m assuming it is the same device as the PBook) from which we have learnt some new details.

The Pursebook is powered by a 1GHz-equivalent Snapdragon CPU and comes with integrated graphics. The chipset includes integrated 3G and GPS which means an always-on environment and longer-lasting battery. They are looking to create a Smartphone-like experience with the Pursebook, it is very light coming in at 800g. Despite the size, battery life is rated at around 8 hours.

The unit was being tested with a Linux framework from Thundersoft, another prototype unit is also using Xandros (which is found on some Asus Eee PC models). Windows CE is also an option but it sounded like this hasn’t been tested with the prototype so far. The keyboard was full size and they opted for a larger screen mainly due to the multimedia functionality. The price point is estimated to be somewhere between $299 and $499 on release in Q3 2009. Check out the video after the jump. Read more

Snapdragon-powered Wistron PBook netbook spotted at CTIA

April 3, 2009 at 8:21 am

Wistron PBookA prototype from Wistron dubbed the PBook has been spotted at CTIA. We recently reported on the Wistron ‘FirstBook’ that was spotted at MWC earlier this year. It seems that the device has undergone a name change since then as the PBook looks like exactly the same device. It has a form-factor similar to that of the Sony Vaio P and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform.

This particular unit had a red lid, housing a 12-inch display and a full-sized keyboard. Laptop Mag reports that it was running a 1GHz CPU with battery life lasting between 8 to 10 hours. Interestingly, it also features hardware accelerated 3D graphics from ATi. There is also an optical mouse besides two mouse buttons.

As with most ARM-based processors, the unit is designed for 24/7 wireless connectivity via mobile broadband, WiFi and Bluetooth. Given that ARM-processors cannot use Windows XP/Vista, you are limited to Linux, however the icon-based user interface seemed fairly intuitive. Apparently the PBook will also support Android and Windows Mobile in the future.

Wistron expects that we could see this unique netbook appear on retail shelves by the third quarter this year. In the meantime, we know that a Wistron netbook with Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU is due to appear at Computex Taipei in June, so hopefully there will be further details then. Click though for a full PBook photo gallery. Read more