Mar 1 2010

An Android Tablet Drama: The Haleron iLet Mini HAL

Android’s beauty as an open-source operating system is that it allows any random manufacturer to develop a product and slap Android on top of it.  This does, however, allow for some issues in terms of legitimacy of manufacturers.  Case and point: The Haleron iLet Mini HAL.

If you want a tablet with groundbreaking features or earthshaking specifications, look elsewhere.  If you want a quaint little tablet that does its job, stick around but don’t buy this.  Why? I’ll tell you in a bit.  Here come the somewhat interesting specs:

  • VIA ARM Processor 600 MHz
  • 7” TFT LCD Touch Screen w/ 800×480 Resolution
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 2 GB Flash Memory
  • Up to 32 GB SDHC
  • 16 Hour Active Battery
  • Android 1.6, Upgradable to “Windows CE 6.0”

Amazing? Far from it.  But still it’s not a bad tablet per se. And it is a pretty sweet deal given the $200 price tag and March 1st shipping date.  So why did I warn against buying this?  Quite simple. It’s a scam.

Indeed, since the news hit the internet there was some wariness in trusting this random French company named Haleron. One commenter over at Pocketables did some research and couldn’t find much to back up their image as some sort of legitimate tablet maker.  The only picture of the iLet Mini HAL is a render found at some other French forum, and they clearly stated they did not license the design to Haleron.  Other attempts to find copyright information and company registration have ended up dry.  Unless we get any reports stating otherwise, then we will have to assume it is fake.  So  stay safe, and do your research when purchasing.

Via Gizmodo.

Nov 19 2009

Haleron Ocean Netbook OS Available for Download

Computer manufacturer Haleron is promoting a new Linux-based OS that will be able to run Linux, Windows, and Android applications. The new Linux OS is based on SUSE Linux, but it includes WINE, which will help in running Windows applications. There’s also additional software that’s included in the package that will let you run Google Android applications.

The netbook version of Haleron’s new Linux OS is 420 MB. There’s also a desktop version of Haleron’s new Linux OS. Installation can be a bit tricky, but if you’re interested, PenDriveLinux has simplified instructions on formatting a USB drive to prep for installation. The actual Haleron Ocean OS can be downloaded here. You’ll need to register for a free account.

If you test out Haleron’s new Linux OS, we’d love to hear what you think!

Oct 21 2009

Haleron Bold Series Netbook Will Sport Intel Pine Trail CPU

Electronics manufacturer Haleron gas already come out a dual-core netbook, the Swordfish Net102, but will soon be coming out with another dual-core netbook. Haleron’s Bold Series netbook will feature an Intel Atom D510 processor, a low power CPU that’s part of the Intel Pine Trail platform.

The Haleron Bold netbook is rumored to be available starting around November of this year, but other than that, there’s currently no more information about the device. No worries, we’ll keep you posted on anything we hear.

Image via Haleron.

Oct 15 2009

Haleron’s Dual-Core Atom 330 Swordfish Net20 Netbook

Haleron delivered a new netbook a few weeks ago, electing for the curious combo of a pair of Intel Atom CPUs on their Swordfish Net102 netbook. Note: that’s not a dual-core CPU, it’s two separate CPUs. That sounds like a nightmare for the netbook’s battery life with dubious performance benefits, to say the least.

Despite the strangeness of the Swordfish Net102, the Swordfish Net20 is a slightly more standard configuration, swapping the two CPUs for a dual core Atom 330. It’s available with 2 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive with a 250 GB option.

Other features include a 10.2-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel LCD display, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, 3 USB ports, an integrated webcam, VGA and a card reader. Selling for $499, the Swordfish Net20 packs a 6-cell battery and 3G modem.

You can get the netbook over at Haleron.com.

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