NEC showcases Froyo-powered netbook

Posted by Trent Nouveau

NEC has introduced a netbook running Android 2.2 (Froyo). Dubbed "LifeTouch Note," the netbook is powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and boasts 4-8GB of RAM, a 7″ LED backlight as well as an 800×480 resistive touchscreen.

The netbook also features a 2Mpix camera, GPS, accelerometer, along with an SD/SDHC card slot.

Fortunately, the LifeTouch Note - despite its non-smartphone form factor - is fully compatible with Google's Android Market. 

It weighs approximately as much as an iPad, and offers a respectable 9 hours of battery life.

The device is currently available in Japan and can be purchased as a WiFi/3G model or WiFi only system.

Sounds pretty cool right?

I mean, I wish it was available in the States right now, because it would certainly make a nice tertiary machine. 

And as an added bonus, I'd get to try out multiple Android apps in a more comfortable, desk-friendly form factor. 

Still, Daimaou from Akihabara News doesn't think much of the LifeTouch Note, despite its keyboard, and well, the fact that it is a netbook instead of a phone. 

"I wished [the device] would have come with a capacitive screen and a more elegant body," he opined.

"Sure, the LifeTouch Note is fast and responsive as well as looking pretty nice once its lid closed. But the overall plastic used on this LifeTouch Note looks way too cheap for me."