MWC 2012 | Novero’s Solana laptop/tablet demonstrated at MWC

The 9.7-inch dual boot device reportedly comes with pre-installed Windows 7 and Android 2.3 OS.

Novero announced in a press release that it will be launching a new lightweight laptop/tablet hybrid, dubbed Solana which is currently on display at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Described by the maker as a “business machine and entertainment tool in one device”, the Solana will reportedly retail for 550 (approximately $740).

According to the manufacturer, this new product will be powered by the energy efficient Cedar Trail Intel Atom N2600 central processing unit that packs two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and the integrated GMA3600 video controlled for accelerating 3D graphics. In addition, the Solana offers a flip-rotating 9.7-inch LED backlit capacitive multitouch-enabled display with a maximum supported resolution of 1024-by-768 pixels.

Novero’s latest device sports 2GB of internal DDR3 memory and a solid-state drive with a storage capacity of up to 128GB (expandable by utilizing the built-in microSD card reader slot). Users will reportedly also be provided with Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and 3.5G adapters  accompanied by two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI output, a SIM card slot and support for Intel’s Wireless Display Technology (WiDi) for watching Full HD content on an external HDTV without wires.

Weighing 1.3kg, the Windows 8-ready Solana is presumably capable of instantly switching between the pre-installed Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Windows 7 Home Premium operating systems. Other features include a full-sized keyboard, a multi-gesture trackpad, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, a 3MP camera and up to 4 hours of battery life.

The company claims that the laptop/tablet hybrid will be available in the second quarter of this year.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-02-29 (Update: 2012-05-26)