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Intel’s Paul Otellini is on his way out as CEO, but before he steps down a month from now, he dropped some news about what Intel is planning to roll out in the near future during an earnings call with investors. Specifically, he said that soon, consumers might be seeing touch-enabled Intel-based notebooks running Windows 8 for as low as $200. Otellini had previously noted in his remarks that he believed OEMs might start rolling out new notebook form factors based around upcoming Haswell (4th-generation Core processors) or even the new Bay Trail Atom chips at price points as low as $300 to... Read more...
Are netbooks still around? After being here, there, and everywhere during the period between 2008 and 2010, the mini-notebooks seemed to die off in shockingly quick fashion. While the concept of a low-cost, highly mobile machine was interesting in a world where tablets and high-powered smartphones were just novelties, a lot has changed. People are now expecting their machines to do more and be more mobile from the get-go; indeed, many 11" and 13" ultraportables are far lighter and thinner than these rigs were in 2008. As always, market demand spells out what products OEMs will produce, and the... Read more...
You could argue that the end of the netbook has already happened. Despite a flurry of small, cheap, and generally sluggish notebook computers shipping between 2008 and 2010, very few companies have kept the ball rolling in 2011 and 2012. In fact, these things used to be so popular that U.S. wireless carriers were offering them in subsidized form, but now, you'll be hard pressed to find them on shelves anywhere. As tablets have rolled in and consumer expectations of speed, portability and battery life have changed, netbooks have been pushed aside. Now, according to a DigiTimes report, Asus' recent... Read more...
Got a tablet? Looking to latch it onto Sprint's mobile network? The Now Network would like you to know that it now has new tablet rate plans, starting on November 11th. From then, it'll allow a variety of new, aggressively priced rate plans for 4G LTE-enabled tablets that offer customers up to 20 percent more data than Verizon or AT&T for the same price. These new rate plans will be available to all Sprint 4G LTE tablets and require no contract. Of course, Sprint has to make moves like these if it wants to stay relevant. With worse coverage and fewer LTE markets, pricing is pretty much the... Read more...
MSI unveiled its new Wind U180 and Wind U270 notebooks at Computex 2012. The Wind U180 netbook features Intel's latest generation Cedar Trail platform with the option of the new generation dual-core Intel Atom N2800 processor. The Wind U180 is available with a "minimalist black", "angel white," or a lavender chassis. You'll find AMD's new Brazos 2.0 processor in the Wind U270 which helps to enable a battery life of up to eight hours. The U270's APU processor supports DirectX 11. The cover of the Wind U270 features layered tones. Both the Wind U180 and U270 come with a Chiclet keyboard. Computex... Read more...
Slowly but surely, the writing is on the wall that netbooks aren't long for this world, and Toshiba is one of a growing number holding the marker. Netbooks are being shoved aside in favor of Ultrabooks, which are arguably just as portable, if not more so in some cases, but offer far better performance and, more importantly to manufacturers, higher profit margins. Sure, you can still buy netbooks, and there are even a few new models on the horizon. But it's not like before where seemingly every day was met with a new netbook announcement. Not only are netbook announcements few and far between, but... Read more...
Did you know that netbooks were still being sold on contract? Not too many still are, and we're guessing they never really went over too well, but Sprint's taking another whack at 'em with the launch of the WiMAX-enabled IdeaPad S205s from Lenovo. The "mini notebook" boasts an Intel dual-core U5600 processor, Windows 7 Home Premium, and an aging wireless technology that has effectively lost the 4G race to LTE. We're actually wondering why the carrier would go through with the launch of this. Sure, the IdeaPad itself is a slim 18mm and boasts an 11.6" display, 2GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB HDD, 802.11a/b/g/n... Read more...
Remember netbooks? If you haven't already been bitten by the Ultrabook bug and don't want to spend upwards of $700 on a higher end machine, next-generation netbooks built around Intel's Cedar Trail platform are finally starting to trickle out. Acer was one of the biggest players during the netbook's original run, and the company's all-new Aspire One D270 is now available for pre-order. Starting at $280, Acer's Aspire One D270 is a 10.1-inch netbook featuring an Intel Atom N2600 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 320GB hard drive (5400 RPM), Intel GMA 3600 graphics, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, GbE... Read more...
In a development that is truly notable yet shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, more smartphones (487.7 million) than PCs (414.6 million) shipped globally for the first time, according to a report by Canalys. Indeed, smartphones gained lots of ground, enjoying 62.7% annual growth from 2010 to 2011. The PC market is also growing, although not as quickly; it enjoyed a more modest 14.8% growth in the same time period. We know what you’re thinking: How do tablets factor into this? As it turns out, quite a bit. According to Canalys’ numbers, growth in the PC market is driven primarily... Read more...
MSI revealed a new Wind U180 ultra light netbook with Intel's latest Cedar Trail Atom processing platform. This netbook features twice the processing and display performance as the previous generation netbook. It also touts a battery life of eight hours. The Wind U180 measures less than one inch thick and weighs about 2.2 pounds. In addition to the new generation dual-core Intel Atom N2800 processor, the Wind U180 also supports DDR3 system memory. You'll also find a power-saving 10.1-inch LED backlit display with a response time of just 8 milliseconds in this netbook. MSI Wind U180 Netbook The... Read more...
CES 2012 started the next netbook revolution, with Intel's newest Atom CPUs at the helm. Today, HP is (re)joining the crowd, with the newest Mini machine launching. The HP Mini 1104 is the latest Mini for business in education. It's priced at $399, weighs 2.78 pounds and has a 10.1" display. There's also a 93% full-size keyboard, a battery that's good for up to 9 hours, a dual-core Intel Atom N2600, an integrated VGA webcam, integrated Bluetooth and a hard drive accelerometer that acts as a motion sensor for protection if the Mini is dropped. There's also Wi-Fi, spill-resistant keyboard, VGA output,... Read more...
Acer's Aspire A0722 is now available through AT&T. This 11.6-inch netbook targets enterprise and consumer users by offering a portable and thin design with key usability features such as a full-size keyboard and multiple ports. The Aspire A0722 can connect to AT&T's HSPA+ network. The A0722 offers three USB ports, a VGA out connector, an Ethernet Jack, headphone jack, and HDMI-out port. This netbook is available for $449.99 without an annual contract or for $39.99 with a two-year agreement and a 3GB monthly data plan. Stay Connected On The Go with the New Acer Netbook, Aspire A0722 Acer's... Read more...
If the “Eee” line of ASUS products evokes an “Eee!” of delight from you, then ASUS has some treats for you at CES this year. Photos of the upcoming ASUS Eee PC Flare netbook and some specifications and details on the 7-inch ASUS Eee Memo Pad have leaked on NotebookItalia a few days ahead of the big show. The site grabbed a few photos of the new netbook and revealed some details, including a chiclet-style keyboard, discreet hinges, and at least a few different color options. It also appears that the Eee PC Flare will be available in 10- and 12-inch versions. As for the Eee... Read more...
Acer's Aspire One D270 netbook will be one of the first to hit the ground running around Intel's Cedar Trail platform, and if the number of impatient vendors who have started listing the netbook ahead of its official release are any indication, we can surmise the D270 will land very soon. Notebook Italia spotted a whole bunch of European vendors tossing up D270 product pages, most of which have it priced at around 250 euros (about $325 USD). But it's not just showing up in Europe. Adorama, a store in New York City best known for its photography equipment, is also listing the D270, priced at $280... Read more...
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