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BenQ Launches 13.3-inch AMD-based Netbook

BenQ Launches 13.3-inch AMD-based Netbook

Calling it an ultra-portable netbook, BenQ has launched its latest Joybook Lite T131. Running on AMD’s Yukon chipset and Sempron processor, the Joybook Lite manages to pack a 13.3-inch WXGA (1280x800) display with anti-glare, 1 GB of RAM (upgradable to 2 GB), a 250/320 GB hard drive, a 2-in-1 card reader, and built in 802.11b/g/n into its body. The T131 weighs just under four pounds and measures approximately 1.1 inches thick.

The T131 ships with Windows Vista Home Basic, but you can upgrade to Windows Vista Business if you like. In terms of connectivity, the T131 offers two USB 2.0 ports as well as a microphone and headphone jack.

There’s no word yet on pricing or a U.S. release date, but Chinese customers should be able to pick up this netbook at the end of the month.



Joybook Lite T131 Specifications

CPU

AMD Sempron™ Processor 200U

Operating System

Windows Vista® Home Basic
Windows Vista® Business Upgrade Recommended
Linux


Chipset

AMD M690E+ SB600 Chipset

Graphics

ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1270

Memory

DDRII-400 1GB and above (max to 2.0GB)

Hard Drive

250/320 GB (5400RPM - SATA)

Screen Size

13.3"WXGA(1280x800)
TFT-LCD(CCFL B/L)
UltraVivid widescreen display with 250nits
Response Time:16ms


Resolution

WXGA (1280x800)

I/O Ports

USB 2.0 x2
RJ-45 Ethernet port x1
D-Sub port x1
ExpressCard slot x1
DC-IN x1
Microphone-in x1
Headphone-out x1


Battery

6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 48 Whr (4400 mAh);approximately 3hrs duration*

* This battery life is estimated (under BatteryMark V4.0.1) when the power-saving model is on.The actual battery life may vary with different operating conditions and settings.


Communications/Networks

LAN:Built-in 10/100 Ethernet
Wireless LAN: Built-in 802.11b/g/n


Card Reader

2-in-1 card reader:SD/MMC

Audio

Built-in 1.0W speaker x2
Built-in Microphone x1
Soundsystem x 2 channels
(1) HD Audio
(2) Noise Suppression & Echo Cancellation supported


Software

Anti-Virus
QDataTrove3.0
Adobe Reader
WebCam Companion 3.0
ArcSoft Miv2
Microsoft® Office Professional 2007 60-day Free Trial*

* For Windows operating system only


Dimensions

320 x 240 x 28 (rear) mm

Weight

1.5kg (without battery)

Weight may vary depending on the particular hardware configuration.


Warranty

1 year Overseas Regional Warranty(ORW)

ORW Service may vary by different regions. For details, please go to http://service.benq.com/orw/


Webcam

Built-in 1.3-megapixel webcam



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What makes that a NETbook and not just a regular lightweight NOTEbook? The Sempron and 1GB default memory may help it perform like a lowly netbook, but otherwise it doesn't look like a netbook to me.

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I believe that the processor being a single core processor with a low power consumption (with related lower performance) slides this into the netbook range.

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