Tech Touch Book Truly Hybrid Netbooks: The system can work both as a traditional notebook or as a convertible tablet but can also detach the keyboard entirely from the system to use it as a stand-alone touchscreen device. A set of magnets built into the back even lets users mount the screen on a refrigerator or elsewhere.

Tech Touch Book Truly Hybrid Netbooks

Always Innovating sees the system as a potential competitor not only to netbooks but to handheld electronics like the iPod touch or PSP; when in tablet mode, it can be used as a touch-driven game system or as a video player. Unlike most netbooks, the Touch Book passes on Intel’s Atom in favor of a Texas.

In a further unique touch, the system includes three “internal” USB ports, which prevent adapters from jutting outwards, alongside two full-size external connectors and one mini USB port.

Tech Touch Book Truly Hybrid Netbooks

Instruments OMAP3 ARM processor that’s said to combine the performance of a notebook with a netbook, including an unusually long 10-15 hour runtime and an instant boot while still managing 720p video playback. Always Innovating claims to have developed a custom operating system with a “3D” interface but also says its system won’t be software-locked and should run with Android, Ubuntu Linux or other operating systems that run natively on ARM processors.

Tech Touch Book Truly Hybrid Netbooks

Official pricing should be kept down to $299 by offloading storage demands to an 8GB microSDHC card as well as by using an 8.9-inch display and limiting networking to 802.11g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Pre-orders start today, though the system will ship only in the late spring.

 

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