Netbooks are essentially dead, but GoNote apparently has other ideas. At this week’s Gadget Show Live in Birmingham, U.K. the company unveiled a netbook with a different look and purpose. The company is billing the tiny device as “your child’s first computer”.
The 7-inch computer also does not run Windows — not even the basic starter edition that many past devices like this used as an operating system. Nor is it running Chrome OS or Linux. No, the GoNote Mini actually runs Android. “GoNote is one of the first Android products specifically designed to help school-children get access to the best Learning Apps & Games, while becoming familiar with a ‘notebook’ form factor”, the company said in its announcement.
It has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, a “child friendly” QWERTY keyboard, 802.11 b/g/n, supports up to 1920 x 1080 HD video, 16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 1.2GHz ARM Allwinner A10 CPU and 1 GB of DDR 3 RAM.
The GoNote Mini will be become available towards the middle of this month and retail for $99, but will be in the U.K. market, so if you want one in the U.S. you will need to pay a fair amount for shipping.