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Spain will get HP's Compaq AirLife 100 'smartbook' next month, the nation's biggest telco, Telefonica - owner of Britain's O2 - said yesterday. Prices start at €229 (£199) for the 10.1in ARM-based, Android-running netbook on a €48 (£42) per month 'unlimited' data contract. Pay €299 (£260) up front and you can get away with a €39 …

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Bit spendy, guys

Assuming an eighteen month contract, that's over £800. Not going to happen, why are they bothering?

GJC

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Seems pricey

I'm on the lookout for an ARM based netbook to put Ubuntu on but this seems pricey, even if you account for the touchscreen.

A quick Google suggests that in the UK you can get a standard Atom netbook (which you'd pay about £300 for standalone) for free if you sign up for an 18 month tariff.

A step in the right direction though.

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how much?!

£200 on a contract??! id have expected £200 as an outright purchase price! and free on £xx per month!

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but

can it run crysis?

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so were's the ARM quad A9 at 1.6Ghz

"1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor " wake me up when the OEM's finally get around to using a real ARM duel or far better quad A9 at 1GHz and the 'mapped out up-to a full 2GHz' , with generic integrated AVC/h.264 High Profile level 4.1 Decoder to at least 1024×576 16:9 25fps+.

http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=222900146

http://www.eetimes.com/news/design/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=224202552

http://www.arm.com/products/processors/cortex-a/cortex-a9.php

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-343212.html

"ARM targets Intel with 2GHz multicore chips

By Rupert Goodwins ZDNet UK

Posted on ZDNet News: Sep 16, 2009 5:23:17 AM

UK-based chip company ARM has today announced the development of dual-core, quad-core and eight-core Cortex-A9 processor designs, explicitly aimed at markets currently served by Intel's x86 chips and IBM's PowerPC.

"This is a huge departure from what we've done in the past", Eric Schorn, vice president, marketing for ARM's processor division, told ZDNet UK. "We really wanted to take off the handcuffs and see what could be done with performance, performance, performance."

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