For the most part, "netbook" and "HD capable" really don't go together
Particularly if it's a netbook
equipped with the all too familiar Atom
N270 + GMA 950 combo. But things look a bit different if the machine is
loaded with innards from a different manufacturer...namely, VIA
The unheard of Shenzhen Zaiben Technology Company, likely a low-rate
Chinese OEM, has just introduced a new "clamshell PC" dubbed the F88,
which looks to be one of the most multimedia-friendly netbooks to date.
Boasting a 10" display with a common 1024x600 resolution, the machine
also features a 1.6GHz VIA Nano processor, a 160GB hard drive, Windows
XP, 1GB of memory, and a 1.3MP webcam.
The real kicker is the VIA VX855 chipset and VIA S3 Chrome9 HC
graphics, which supposedly enables high-def support. Of course, the
screen resolution will prevent HD video from playing back full-screen,
but the included HDMI output means that you can pipe the HD material to
a nearby HDTV. Other specs include a 4-in-1 card reader, optional
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, two speakers, a microphone input,
ExpressCard slot, VGA output, a headphone port and a 6-cell battery.
There's no mention of a price, but we wouldn't be surprised to see a
name you've heard of buy this bad boy, slap its label on there and get
it out to store shelves in short order.