Novero’s Solana Dual Boots Windows 7 and Android

Novero, a company that has been primarily selling headphones and bluetooth accessories, is now in the market of making laplets. “But what the hell is a laplet,” is what you’re probably asking right about now. Well, a laplet is a laptop that can be transformed into a tablet. We dare you to look it up.

Novero’s Solana busted out of the woodwork at the CES at Intel’s booth. The main reason Solana was in Intel’s booth was because, Solana was using Intel’s Cedar Trail processor, which was making its appearance at CES as well.

Let’s start off by going over the exterior, display and dimension features of the Solana. Solana’s lid and bottom cover are of smooth metal. When opening the Solana you will find yourself glaring at the black plastic interior. The keys of the Solana are slightly textured finish to make it easier to plant your fingers while typing. The display is set with a 9.7” LED back-lit display with 1024 by 768 resolution, capacitive touch panel with multi-touch, 3MP video camera, ambient light sensor, accelerometer. The buttons are said to be a bit stiff, but this is a minor issue, when you realize how complete the laplet is. The physical dimensions are 10.94 x 8.86 x 0.85 inches (L x W x H) and weighs in at a whopping 2.87 pounds.

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Now we can move on to the ports of the Solana laplet. There are about seven ports in total on the Solana.

  • DC port
  • 2xUSB 2.0
  • 1x Audio Jack
  • 1x HDMI (video output)
  • 1x Microphone Jack
  • 1x MicroSD Card Reader
  • 1x SIM Card slot

We think it’s time for the juicy innards of the Solana laplet. This list is coming straight from Novero’s website, in which you can go to from here.

  • Processor: Intel ® Atom® dual Core N2600 Cedar Trail (1600 MHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
  • Graphics: Intel ® GMA3600 IGP
  • Memory: 2GB DDR3 RAM
  • Storage: 32-128GB Solid State Drive
  • 2 stereo speakers 1W each for a combined power of 2W
  • Keyboard/Touchpad: Full QWERTY keyboard, 6 rows. Track Pad with multi-touch and gesture support + 2 Control Buttons
  • Power/Battery: 32Wh
  • Connectivity
  • HSPA+ data modem 2100/1900/900/850 (MHz), DL 21Mbps / UL 5.76 Mbps
  • Bluetooth v2.1, EDR compliant for both 2Mbps and 3Mbps
  • WiFi Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 1000 IEEE 802.11b/g/n + WiDi support

So, what is the Solana laplet going to be running as an OS? The Solana laplet will be running dual operating systems, that being Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium with Windows 8 ready capabilities and Android 2.3.7.

Without a doubt, the Solana would be more of a steal at $799 if it ran Ice Cream Sandwich or even Honeycomb, but we think the even bigger problem right now is that there’s no Android Market access (the app store GetJar comes pre-loaded instead). A company rep told us Novero is still negotiating possible Market access, and if that comes through we might not mind quite so much that it’s saddled with Android 2.3.7. If nothing else, Novero’s wisely decided not to add any custom skins, and the netbook is quick to launch apps and transition from one screen to another. From what we can tell, too, the touchscreen is precise — it responded briskly to our various taps and swipes in both Android and Windows 7.

Dana Wollman, Engadget


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