HP has announced the launch of the Compaq AirLife 100, a new Android-based smartbook, for want of a better word, that's due to launch via Telefonica (so O2 in the UK) this spring.

Looking very much like a proof of concept we saw at CES, with Qualcomm's Snapdragon QSD8250 chipset, the AirLife 100 boasts a 92% full size keyboard, 16GB SSD, SD card slot, and a customised touch interface from HP including a new "tabbed" touch browser experience, what's said to be a "simple mechanism" for zooming web pages, and a touch optimised media suite and shortcut menu.

There's also GPS with NDrive navigation, 3G connectivity (which is where the Telefonica team-up comes in), Wi-Fi, a VGA webcam, instant on start-up and the boast of up to 12 hours battery life.

"The browser has become the desktop for many people, and the new Compaq AirLife is the next evolution of a mobile computer that is streamlined specifically for the web", says Charl Snyman, an HP VP.

"This new type of user lives life online and no longer measures computing speeds and feeds, but rather friends, people and online social ranks".

In terms of competitor devices, this section of the netbook/smartbook market is growing, but slowly, the Lenovo Skylight could be seen as in the same category, while as far as other PC maker go, Acer offers an Android-based netbook with the D250 - but this also offers Windows 7.