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NEC claims First Android-powered netbook

The 7-inch portable will be releasing next month in Japan

The Android OS may soon be expanding from its smartphone and tablet roots and  into netbooks if NEC is any indication. The Japanese-based company has just officially announced the LifeTouch Note netbook, a unique laptop that will be running Android 2.2 and will be compatible with the Android Market.

The specifications of the 7-inch netbook read like a tablet; as a result, it will include a Nvidia’s dual-core Tegra 250 processor, a 800x480 screen resolution, a 2MP webcam, accelerometer, and up to 8GB of internal memory. NEC claims up to nine hours of battery life with the netbook.

The LifeTouch Note will be out in Japan sometime in March, with no mention of a release outside of the country. If interested, AkihabaraNews expects the netbook to be around 40,000 Yen (about $480) at release.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-02-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)