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Whiskers

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New models from Skytone
« on: April 22, 2009, 01:14:30 PM »
I spotted this being discussed on Slashdot.  Skytone, who make 'our' Little Linux Laptops, now have two new models on their website.  They use ARM CPUs instead of our MIPS, and the screen seems to be mounted on a swivel to give a 'tablet' arrangement which is presumably meant to be used with the two new 'game' buttons placed on either side of the screen.  It isn't clear whether the screen is actually touch sensitive - but I suspect not. 

One version, the Alpha 680, runs Google's "Android" Linux distro; the other, the Alpha 600, presumably runs Skytone's own Linux distro, perhaps similar to the MIPS version we have.

Interestingly the new models have 5 volt mains adaptors and 3.7 volt 4200mAh lithium polymer batteries, which suggests a much longer battery life than the MIPS machines.

<http://www.skytone.net.cn/en/products.php?bigclass=4&smallclass=16&show_type=1>

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Re: New models from Skytone
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 03:03:08 PM »
These look very promising. Thanks for the heads-up.
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