O2 UK launches laptops; parent goes with smartbook

2 has launched two laptops in the UK with built-in HSDPA capability. The Asus UL30A notebook and Samsung N150 netbook are the first embedded devices offered by the operator.

Meanwhile O2's parent Telefonica is set to launch HP's Compaq Airlife 100 in Spain, thanks to an exclusive tie-up between the operator and HP. With its 10.1 inch screen, the Compaq Airlife 100 qualifies as a netbook although Telefonica terms it a smartbook.

The device was shown off by HP at February's Mobile World Congress. It runs on the Android OS and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor with 512MB of memory and 16GB of flash storage. It also has a GPS capability and integrated GSM/GPRS and 3G HSDPA connectivity.

The Asus notebook has a 13.3 inch screen and 3GB of memory, while the Samsung netbook has a 10.1 inch screen and 1GB of memory. Both run on Window 7 and have Wi-Fi as well as HSDPA capability.

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