For those of you who were around when Nokia ruled the mobile phone scene, and there was no such thing as a smartphone yet, let alone a color display on your handset, I am quite sure that you would have come across the Nokia Communicator. Sure, it was far from being the most svelte nor smallest handset out there, but in terms of raw computing power among phones, not many others came close. We are talking about a mobile device that is capable of letting you work on your documents on the go, arriving in a horizontal clamshell form factor. Open it up and you will be presented with a QWERTY keyboard to make life easier when it comes to typing out long documents.
Well, the Communicator family did not last that long down the road, not with the advent of true blue smartphones. In fact, the netbook ended up being hugely popular for a while as the portable computing device of choice that offers a decent level of productivity without bogging you down, but even so, it was phased out eventually with most major PC manufacturers ditching the netbook line altogether. Newsmy of China has not, however, and decided to breathe new life into the netbook world with a netbook/tablet hybrid that they call the Newman Q20.
The Newman Q20 is an 8.9” device that runs on an Intel Atom processor, sporting an adjustable touchscreen display which allows you to use it as a tablet as and when required. A QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail dual-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB of internal memory, an 8.9” 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen display, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet and HDMI connectivity and a front-facing camera rounds off the list of specifications, all running on Windows 8.