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Thursday, 23 June 2011 07:55

Vendors said to be working on ARM/Android notebooks

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When flopping in the tablet market just isn’t enough
Several major vendors, including Acer, Toshiba, Asus and Samsung, are reportedly planning to introduce ARM-based notebooks.

The ARM-books will use Android and there’s even a chance they will show up by the end of the year. It all reminds us of the smartbook concept, which amounted to nothing two years ago. However, this time around vendors at least have a proper OS to go with the hardware, and the hardware itself has evolved to include dual-core processors at higher clocks. With quad-core ARMs entering the fray shortly, vendors might have a bit more luck.

The advantages of using ARM processors in ultraportable notebooks are obvious. They could deliver much better battery life and allow vendors to design very thin, passively cooled devices. The downside is equally obvious, no x86 and no Windows support, at least not yet.

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+4 #1 Exodite 2011-06-23 08:23
I don't really see the obvious upsides. The screen and radio units will still be the great equalizer on power consumption and you know the manufacturers are going to reduce battery capacity on such units anyway.

We're not yet at a point where such devices make any sense and as noted the market will likely show as much.

Besides, even standard voltage SNB chips get pretty impressive battery life on non-anemic battery solution. Cue the new Thinkpad T-series and Elitebooks, for example.
 
 
0 #2 nele 2011-06-23 09:44
Quoting Exodite:
I don't really see the obvious upsides. The screen and radio units will still be the great equalizer on power consumption and you know the manufacturers are going to reduce battery capacity on such units anyway.

We're not yet at a point where such devices make any sense and as noted the market will likely show as much.

Besides, even standard voltage SNB chips get pretty impressive battery life on non-anemic battery solution. Cue the new Thinkpad T-series and Elitebooks, for example.


You're right about batteries - they'll probably go for smaller units, but that will make the laptops a lot smaller and thinner at no cost to battery life. For example, I get about 3+ hours of battery life on a CULV laptop with a 4-cell unit, or close to 7 hours on an 8-cell battery (browsing, office). I guess ARM could easily do 6-7 hours on a 4-cell...

There's no way of avoiding screen consumption, aside from using smaller screens and making the whole concept pointless, as we've already got 10-inch convertible tablets.
 
 
0 #3 fingerbob69 2011-06-23 11:42
"The downside is equally obvious, no x86 and no Windows support, at least not yet."

Except there should be by 2013, at the latest! It's what AMD and ARM walking talking about (to each other in public?) at AFDS/Fusion II.
http://semiaccurate.com/2011/06/22/amd-and-arm-join-forces-at-last/
 

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