Computex 2009

General Mobile DSTL1 spotted at Computex

It's not all announcements regarding long-off devices at Computex 2009: General Mobile have brought along a working prototype of their DSTL1 Android smartphone.  Snapped by Zol.com.cn, the DSTL1 has a 5-megapixel camera, 3-inch touchscreen and 4GB of onboard storage. Under the particularly glossy hood there's a 624MHz processor that, last we heard, was a Marvell PXA 310 chip.  No word on whether General Mobile have left the rather disappointing GSM/EDGE only connectivity (there's WiFi b/g but no 3G) but the dual SIM slots are still there. General Mobile are yet to give a solid release date, and there's no telling whether the DSTL1 will even make it to Europe and the US.  Their original estimate suggested a Q3 2009 launch, with no indication of pricing. [gallery] [via Mobilehub.fr]

ECS T800 netbook rocks Android OS at Computex [Video]

Acer's netbook announcement earlier is all of a sudden terribly less important to us, having seen ECS' Android netbook offering.  The T800 is another new Computex 2009 showing, boasting a Sony VAIO P-style form-factor with an 8.1-inch widescreen LCD display and a choice of 800MHz or 1GHz TI OMAP3 processors. Inside the 246 x 121 x 20 mm casing lurks a 2.5-inch drive bay suitable for SSD or HDD storage, plus two Mini-PCIe card slots that ECS suggest you could employ for dual HSPA and WiMAX connectivity.  There are two USB 2.0 ports and a headphone jack. A choice of 0.3- or 1.3-megapixel webcams and 512MB of RAM round out the main specs.  Best of all is the price: ECS are saying it'll drop in the second half of 2009, priced under $500. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-W9hOWCl10k[/youtube] [via SlashGear]

Acer confirm Android netbook in Q3

Acer has confirmed that it will be the first company to ship Android-based netbooks, with the budget ultraportables expected to hit the market in Q3 2009.  The Android netbooks will go on sale alongside Acer's Windows-based range, rather than replacing it, and be based on Intel's Atom processor.  According to Acer's global president for IT products, Jim Wong, "today's netbooks are not close to perfection at all" and that "if we do not continue to change our mobile internet devices, consumers may not choose them any more."  However there's still work to be done fettling Android in its netbook guise: "we'll still have to see what kind of applications the Android software can run on and how stable it will be" commented Vincent Chen, an analyst at Yuanta Securities. No specific release dates have been shared, beyond the Q3 window, and Wong declined to comment on possible pricing.  Analysts have previously estimated that a Windows XP license adds $25 to the cost of the average netbook; Microsoft have justified that by claiming buyers are looking for a similar mobile environment as they are used to on their desktops.  Earlier this year, Compal - the OEM behind Acer's Aspire One netbooks - were tipped to be developing an Android netbook.

Android based Qualcomm Snapdragon Smartbooks [Video]

Computex 2009 is taking place this week, and Qualcomm have kicked things off with a netbook running Android.  Actually, this is a Smartbook, not a netbook, and rather than using the typical Atom processor it's based on Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon chipset. That means the Smartbook - which is thinner than the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA - can be fanless and offer super-long runtimes and standby, despite supporting 720p video playback.  Various prototypes of Smartbook designs were shown; you can see more here. According to Qualcomm, the first Smartbooks - which can also use a new 1.3GHz chipset, and an existing 1.5GHz dual-core version - will hit the shelves by the end of 2009.  No word on whether Android will be among the OSes offered, but given its native support for 3G WWAN, GPS and other wireless connectivity, and the fact that Qualcomm's chipsets offer all of those, it seems a likely choice for at least some manufacturers. jkkmobile video demo: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQO2MDDdZ0Q[/youtube] TweakTown video demo: