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GIGABYTE showed off three upcomming netbooks back at CeBIT this year, and Fudzilla managed to catch that GIGABYTE has now posted the specs of them on their website.
The S1024 ThinNote will have a 1.8" HDD available in either 60GB or 80GB sizes and will be powered by an Atom N270 Processor. It will have a 6-cell batter and weigh in at just 890g.
GIGABYTE's Booktop M1022 will have the option of the Atom N280 or N270 CPU. It will also 2.5" SATA HDD, a 10.1" screen, and a Wii style docking station.
Rounding out the trio of new netbooks is the Touch Note T1028. It will also have the option of the Atom N280 or N270 CPU and a 2.5" SATA HDD. GIGABYTE hasn't given up on the touch concept and it will have a 10.1" swivel touch screen.
As GIGABYTE has the netbooks on their site, they should be launching sometime in the near future. All three are expected to be right around $500.
I think I will file this one in the very funny drawer. Internetnews.com is saying that Microsoft might be losing ground in the netbook market as the OS of choice.
When I first read that I thought it would be an interesting read; then I got to the part where it is all about the manufacturers looking at Android and Linux to replace Windows. This had me laughing as it was the very same manufacturers (Dell, HP, Asus) that asked Microsoft for XP due to large customer returns of the Linux based models.
Ok, yes Linux and Android are free, this will enable netbooks to sell for the same price and have more margin of profit. But the issue is that the majority of people buying netbooks right now are not Linux Savvy. They are going to get it home (after the Best Buy Clerk tells them what a great deal it is) and be completely lost with the OS.
This will result in even more returns and cost even more money to the manufactures. I am not sure why the sudden Linux resurgence but it is still not quite ready for the masses, and this is from someone that runs several different distros.
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Google's Android, some analysts and observers think, could displace Windows in one of today's hottest markets - but it could be a tough battle for the interlopers, too.
Since nearly the inception of netbooks a couple of years ago, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) has had an apparent lock on providing the operating system for so-called netbooks. In fact, the software titan's Windows XP has become the de facto standard on netbooks in the past year.
HP has taken the plunge into the ridiculous. They together with Intel have hired a design firm to develop laptops especially for Women.
I am sure that many of the professional Women that I know will be highly offended by the stereotypes represented by some of these designs. That is not to say they will not sell, quite the opposite I can see a line of excited teens lining up to buy the HP Makeup seen below.
Although this is one of the more absurd and ludicrous designs HP does show off one called the HP Mama that looks like it is catering to a Single Working Mom, while the HP Fitness just made me laugh.
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If you'll press the big button, the screen will change to a mirror mode. Laptop also has on-nail printing device.
Rumors that Apple is working on developing a netbook have surfaced. It might not be so far fetched either.
Pictured in a Russian magazine, the MacBook Mini pictured above essentially appears to be a miniaturized MacBook Air. It supposedly features an Atom Z740 processor, 2GB of DDR3 and an NVIDIA chipset. Now that NVIDIA is working with Apple, it woudln't be too surprising to see something like this, especially with an ION chipset
Some non-believers are saying that the picture above is just an elaborate PhotoShop job. As there hasn't been anything official from Apple and it is April Fool's day, we aren't holding our breath.
OCZ announced they they now have another offering in their Do-It-Yourself lineup. Their latest entry into the DIY category is the Neutrino 10.1" Netbook.
The Neutrino features a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor paired with the Intel 945GSE core logic. The 10.1" display has a resolution of 1024x600 and will output to an external display up to 1600x1200. Also built into the Neutrino is a 1.3MP webcam with microphone, 802.11 b/g, and a 4 cell 2200 mAh battery.
Options for doing it yourself include up to 2GB of DDR2-667 memory, support for up to 250GB of storage as either an SSD or HDD, and a 4-in-1 card reader. The netbook, LCD, and batter are all backed by a 1-year warranty.
2009-03-30-San Jose, Calif.-March 30, 2008-OCZ Technology Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, components, and systems, today unveiled the Neutrino netbook, their latest Do-It-Yourself (DIY) solution. Building on OCZ's award-winning DIY line, users ranging from hardware enthusiasts to mainstream professionals can partake in configuring and building their own personalized ultra-mobile solution, complete with everything they need in a portable companion.
"There are many consumers that desire the blend of essential functionalities and an ultra compact form factor, and our new Neutrino Do-It-Yourself netbooks based on Intel Atom technology allows users to design and configure their very own solution tailored to their unique needs," commented Alex Mei, CMO of the OCZ Technology Group. "The Neutrino DIY netbook puts the control back in the hands of consumers by allowing them to configure a feature rich netbook with their own memory, storage, and preferred OS into a reasonably priced go-anywhere computing solution."
It looks like Verizon has officially confirmed the company will start selling netbooks, and will do so by the end of June.
Verizon is afraid that AT&T is stealing some of their thunder. AT&T has been offering Acer and Dell Mini's for a while and needs to get in the game fast before they lose too much ground.
The real question to be asking though is not when, but what will Verizon have to offer? The quick and easy solution would be for Verizon to have offerings from either HP or Dell since Verizon has worked with both for quite some time.
There have been rumblings of using ARM for netbooks (I wonder how well they will 1080p) and of course there is much ado about what OS will be used.
ARM has asked Microsoft to port Windows 7 over so that people with the low power SoC ARM setup can run that as an option. But the Linux community is already one step ahead.
It seems that Unbuntu is in the process of being ported as it Xandros; however Novel has decided not to port over and has stated there will be no SUSE for ARM based netbooks for now.
If Ubuntu and Xandro for ARM get out quickly Linux may again beat MS to the punch like they did when netbooks were first introduced.
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But Novell Inc. said no, for now. Markus Rex, acting senior vice president and general manager for open platform solutions at Novell, told Computerworld on Monday: "There certainly is a lot of hype around ARM-based netbooks, [but] at the moment, we don't do anything on ARM-based devices."
"Linux runs just fine on ARM," Rex said. "But we decided to focus on a couple of opportunities that are in the pipeline now."
Our Deal of the Day today is the Acer Aspire Laptop with Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor, 2GB Memory, 250GB HD, DVD Burner and More for $399.99.
Offer: 399.99 buys you this 14.1" widescreen Acer Aspire laptop with 2.16Ghz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T3400, 2GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 250GB hard drive, DVD+/-RW double layer burner, 5-in-1 media reader, Windows Vista Home Premium, and a 1 year warranty.
With the popularity of solid state drives increasing by the second, it should come as no surprise the more external SSD's are popping up all over the place. Buffalo has taken it a slight step further however, and released an external SSD that also works as an internal upgrade for the ASUS Eee PC.
The new external drive connects via USB as you would expect and is available in both 32GB and 64GB varieties. Those wishing for more space on the EeePC over the small 16GB drive that comes with it can remove the Buffalo drive from the enclosure and use it to upgrade the Eee PC.
After swapping the drive out of the Eee PC, you can place the old drive back in Buffalo's enclosure and you still have your external drive, albeit a smaller one that original.
I tell you, who would have thought the netbook craze would have blown up the way it has. You know it reminds me of the $100 E-Machine craze in the late 90s early 2000s. Almost everyone had a $100 system after E-Machine did.
Well this is fever is now moving over to the ARM manufactures as they plan out their very own netbooks.
According to Digitimes both Freescale and Qualcomm will be launching netbooks at Computex. Let's hope that the netbook craze does not end as badly as the $100 PC did.
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A model equipped with Freescale's i.MX51 CPU (ARM Coretex A8) and manufactured by Pegatron Technology, and a model with Qualcomm's Snapdragon CPU and manufactured by Wistron will both appear at Computex Taipei 2009, while Nvidia Tegra-based models will appear at a later time.
Micro-Star International (MSI) has reportedly expressed interest in developing Tegra-based products, while the company and Asustek Computer have both confirmed that they are evaluating the possibility of launching Qualcomm CPU-based netbooks.