Asus has begun demonstrating an Eee PC running Google’s Android operating system. This netbook is based on a 1 GHz Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm.
The demonstration is going on at Computex in Taiwan, where several news sources have captured images and video.
The prototype being shown off has roughly the same hardware as the current Eee PC model, but there are some significant internal differences.
It uses the Android OS, which was designed for smartphones and therefore has much lower hardware requirements than the Microsoft Windows-based version of this netbook.
The device is based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor running at 1 GHz. Because this chip was created with smartphones in mind, it doesn’t require a fan. This leads to considerable power savings.
Despite this, the Snapdragon processor offers considerable performance — it is capable of displaying 720p video.
Release Date Unknown
The model being demoed at Computex is a prototype, and may never be released in this exact form.
In the past, Asus executives have made contradictory statements about their company’s plans for Android, with one saying his company is definitely going to make netbooks based on this operating system, while another saying Android isn’t up to the job yet.
UPDATE: In a strong indication that this device isn’t going to be released any time soon, Asus’ chairman said yesterday that demoing this Eee PC running Android at Computex was a mistake, and it has been removed. Jonney Shih said, “We’ve decided not to display this product.”