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Okay, for the record, we know there is a big deal when we start talking about the Eee PC and netbook business - it's for sure, without this business, ASUS would definitely not be posting as good revenue figures as they are currently.
The unstoppable Taiwanese company today has officially launched its new and improved "stylish" Eee PC S101 netbook computer. As far as specifications on the inside go, not much has changed besides maybe a faster SSD, but it is on the outside that we see the biggest changes.
ASUS is calling its S101 Eee an exquisitely designed netbook for fashion forward individuals. Basically, it's an improved Eee PC in that the skin has been updated and it will cost you more money to get your hands on.
Notebook Italia were able to get their hands on a bunch of press shots, which you can view here (Google English). Mobile Computer Mag somehow managed to already get their hands on one and put it through the paces in a full review, over here.
MSI's Director of U.S. Sales Andy Tung has conducted an interview with Laptop Mag and in it he revealed his company's plans to release a new 10-inch Wind 2 netbook called the U120 by the end of this year.
In the interview, Andy said that while the U100 was a big success and great for teenagers, it lacked the features desired by true business users. Those features? 802.11n wireless LAN and mobile broadband aka a built-in 3.5G modem that will accept a SIM card with a mobile broadband data plan.
The MSI Wind U120 will also lose the round "cute" edges and be more square in design and at launch it will come with a 120GB hard drive but later on consumers will be able to pick models with either a 20Gb or 40GB SSD installed inside. While some would have liked to see the inclusion of a dual-core Atom processor, MSI claims that Intel is holding off on the launch of the mobile dual-core Atom until the second part of 2009, so it will have to be single-core until that time.
You can read the full interview, right here.
Smoothcreations has really wound up its range of desktop and notebook systems recently, introducing some absolute jaw dropping paint schemes. The companys latest craze is focused around netbooks; we've already seen the introduction of two models, the Wedge and Slice. Now we see a third unveiled by this awfully talented mob; the Smoothbook Slice.
No less than 15 mesmerizing new paint jobs of choice wrap around an Intel Atom powered 1.6GHz CPU, 10" LCD, 1GB memory, 120GB HDD and the option of XP or Vista. You can see three of them above. There's no MSRP stamped on these yet, but it's expected they'll come in at around $600USD.
ASUS is clearly determined to make its Eee portfolio reach as many users as possible. We've seen a myriad of new SKUs and initiatives from the company over these past few months and today, comes another.
What ASUS calls the 'Ultimate Travel Companion' is, its Eee PC 901 with 3.75G technology support. What makes this exciting is, in theory, high speed Internet access without being tied to wireless hotspots. With service providers taking up 3.75G HSUPA, it is believed that users will be able to rely on a high speed Internet access in many areas of the world.
The company appears to be pandering to the needs of frequent travellers and aims, to take the headache out of Internet access.
As can be expected, 3.75G support, together with operational speeds, will be dependent on the operator in question. Yet, this is a welcome step forward from ASUS and we should expect the first appearance of 3.75G to be in Eee PC 901 systems released to the market from October.
If you've been struggling to make a decision on which netbook is the one for you, it's certainly not about to get any easier. Toshiba are further saturating the market with their own new model which in typical fashion carries specs not unlike what we're used to seeing.
Dubbed the NB100, this sleek little unit uses an 8.9" screen with a resolution of 1024x600 and runs Intels 1.6GHz Atom N270 at the heart. Other features mentioned include a little 0.3MP webcam, 802.11b/g WiFi and an array of USB, VGA, audio and Ethernet ports. Options come in the form of 1 to 2GB system memory and up to 120GB storage capacity.
If the "Cosmic Black" theme doesn't do it for you, perhaps one of the other two will; these being "Champagne Gold" and "Bright Silver". Both Linux (Ubuntu 8.04) and Windows XP operating systems can also be chosen when purchasing the NB100.
Reg Hardware reports the NB100 to be going on sale as of next month at a price of around $380 USD.
MSIs Notebook Product Manager Neo Lin has let loose a few details on the companys upcoming U91 and U120 netbooks during an interview with Impress a short time ago.
As the direct successor to the U90, the U91 sports an 8.9" screen whilst the bolder U120 uses a 10". Both netbooks will also offer HSDPA connectivity.
Apparently MSI put serious consideration into going with VIAs Nano platform for these netbooks, but decided to go the Intel route instead with a chance of going with the dual-core Atom 330 (providing the battery guzzling issue can be rectified somehow).
2GB was briefly mentioned as being the likely amount of memory to be found in the U120; no mention of actual specs or how/if the U90 will be under-cut in some of these areas. 2GB memory will mean Vista is enforced due to ULPC constraints, which some won't be enthralled about, i'm sure.
You can read the full interview with more tid bits here.
Our good friend Mario Gastelum sent out a press release today announcing yet another 10-inch netbook from the folks at Smoothcreations.
This new baby is called the "Wedge" since it will supposedly, err wedge, into any tight place. It features the usual kick ass Smoothcreations paint job with several scary-looking skulls on the front under the keyboard and a large single skull on the back side of the screen.
The "Wedge" netbook is powered by an Intel Atom CPU at 1.6, with a 120 GB Hard drive, and 1.0 GB of Gskill memory, built in wireless, along with a nice 10 inch display. The CEO of SmoothCreations, Jim Saling, the "Wedge" netbook was designed to be a reliable on-the-go mobile solution for professionals, business people, students and ordinary folks that want a compact yet powerful mobile computer solution. The "Wedge" netbook is reliable, compact and affordable. To the enlightenment of pc users - the "Wedge" netbooks come pre-installed with Windows XP and are also available with Vista.
Wedge netbooks are available now for immediate delivery and if you want to go all out, custom artwork designs, configurations, and upgrades are available. Each "Wedge" netbook is custom painted and serialized. You can grab one for around $500 USD, from what we were told.
You can find more details on the Wedge netbook over at the press release which we uploaded, right here.
Smoothcreations has just announced its Smoothbook "Slice" netbook and according to the press release we received, it gets its name since the notebook as thick as two slices of bread. Interesting logic right there but whatever works.
Each 8.9-inch Slice netbook is custom painted, comes with an Intel Atom processor clocked at 1.6GHz along with a 100GB hard drive and 1.5GB of RAM from GSkill. It comes pre-installed with Windows XP but you can also have the option of Vista if that is more to your style. We don't have many other details at this stage.
At press time there were no details on pricing, but is said to be available for purchase now from Smoothcreations and NCIX.
Sony has announced a voluntary recall of several VAIO series notebooks after receiving customer reports of overheating, including one of a customer suffering minor burns.
Affected models fall into the VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300 and VGN-TZ2000 series. If you have one of these you should stop using your notebook immediately and contact the company to see if you need a repair, even though Sony says only a small number of units are affected.
Sony describes the issue as a wiring problem that could lead to overheating particularly around the notebook's hinge.
Sony is offering free on-site inspection and, if necessary, repair. Alternatively you can ship the notebook to a company service center.
You can find more information including contact details here.
Here's one for the nostalgia freaks, the once mighty Commodore name is set to rise again, this time as a 10" netbook.
Those of us who honed our early tweak skills in front of brown on beige keyboards, typing PEEK and POKE commands out of magazines, and loading software from cassette tapes, the Commodore UMMD 8010/F is likely at least stand out among likes of the Eee and Wind, even though its only link to the VIC 20, C64 and Amiga is its name.
The netbook also sets itself appart from the majority on the hardware front with its use of Via's 1.6GHz C7M CPU rather than the Intel Atom. Whether this was due to costs, availability or something else we're not sure, but it does mean we may see future models supporting the impressive Via Nano.
Other specs include the previously mentioned 10" screen, 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, Ethernet and Wi-Fi, and optional Bluetooth. A card reader, VGA out and USB ports are also included. Available colours are black, white, grey and pink (what is it with manufactures and pink netbooks?)
Pricing is said to start at £325, with Windows XP and Linux versions available. Sadly no mention of an Amiga OS4.0 option as yet.