Google and Dell are in communication about Google Chrome OS and the future it plays in computing and possible installation of Google Chrome OS on a Dell netbook. Dell realizes that Chrome OS could very well offer stiff competition to Microsoft Windows and working with Google could benefit them in the next couple years as changes come to the industry.
There has been no official announcement from Dell or Google about a deal but “talks” are underway. If an agreement is reached Dell would be the third manufacturer to build a future netbook with Chrome OS. The other computer manufacturers that plan on releasing netbooks or other computers with Chrome OS are Acer and HP.
Toshiba is set to release new satellite notebooks this Sunday. The new T200 line of notebooks will address common consumer complaints about the satellite 115 and satellite 135 notebooks. The majority of the complaints dealt with physical characteristics of the notebooks rather than performance. The glossy texture was easily scratched and showed smudges clearly. The slick keys were also troublesome for some buyers.
The Toshiba T215 and Toshiba T235 will have less gloss, raised keys, and a larger touchpad. The T215 will come with an 11.6 inch screen and the T235 will feature a 13.3 inch display.
The base price of the Toshiba T215 will be $470.00 and the Toshiba T235’s $550.00.
T215 Specs and Information:
- AMD Athlon II Neo single or dual core processor
- Up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM
- Up to 320 GB HB
- 3.3 lbs
- 11.6″ screen
- HDMI Port
- Built-in Webcam
- Preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium
T235 Specs and Information:
- AMD Athlon II Neo, Turion™ II Neo, or Intel Pentium dual-core processor
- Up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM
- Up to 320 GB HB
- 3.9 lbs
- 13.3″ screen
- HDMI Port
- Built-in Webcam
- Preloaded with Windows 7 Home Premium
With the lastest power saving features many netbooks now have a battery life over 10 hours and are still very reasonably priced under $375.
Now that the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU has been out for awhile many customers have reported very good battery life during normal use. One could expect 10 – 12 hours of battery life while consistently using the netbook.
The ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU comes with Windows 7 starter, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 250 GB HD.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook also boasts a long battery life. It’s advertised battery life is 11 hours. Customers have reported an actual battery life of 9-10 hours while surfing the internet and checking e-mail.
The Toshiba Mini 300 Series NB305-N310 netbook comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR netbook falls just short of 10 hours of advertised battery life. With a price tag under $300 it still offers fierce competition to other netbooks with long battery life.
The HP Mini 210-1084NR comes with Windows XP, 1 GB of RAM, an Intel Atom N450 CPU, and a 160 GB HD.
Comparing all three the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BU delivers the best battery life and is the most popular among consumers. For those on a penny pinching budget that don’t need more than 9 hours of battery life the HP Mini 210-1084NR offers similar specs for $65 less.
With Ipad sales breaching 2,000,000 units already the question must be asked, “Will the tablet PC replace the netbook in the future of small, portable computers?”
One thing is certain, tablet PC’s and netbooks both have advantages and disadvantages over each other and do in-fact serve slightly different purposes. The tablet PC is built for content consumption and very light content creation. With it a consumer can read books, check and send e-mail, watch movies (even in HD), and play games. The netbook on the other hand is built for content creation as well as light content consumption. A standard windows operation system allows the netbook to create most content a standard laptop can create and edit.
Pricing is another factor worth considering. Netbooks can be purchased for $250 – $300 while Ipads are in the $500+ range. Those looking for a cheap mobile computer will have to spend about twice as much for the tablet PC unless prices come down.
In my opinion there will likely be a device in the future that is more content creation friendly than the Ipad but also has the content consumption features that make it appealing. I do not believe tablet PC’s will replace netbooks until a college student can realistically bring a tablet PC to school as an all-in-one solution for their computing needs.
Although the new Atom N455 and N475 chips haven’t seen any speed increases, they now have DDR3 capable memory controllers. This will improve system performance because the rate at which data is transferred between the CPU and memory will be quicker.
HP and Fujitsu have both announced their intentions to use the Atom N455 and N475 in future netbooks. HP will be updating their mini 210 netbook and Fujitsu will be updating their MH380-1A netbook. Pricing for neither netbook has been released at this time.
The Fujitsu MH380-1A will be available June 17, 2010. It is still unknown when the HP mini 2010 netbook will be available.
Microsoft officially announced the end of the Windows XP operating system on new netbook sales two years ago but recently reminded the public about the deadline. Windows 7 will be installed on all new netbooks after October 22, 2010.
Cheap netbooks will see price increases because the system requirements for Windows 7 are much more demanding than windows xp and the cost to the manufacturer for the operating system itself will go up $15 – $25. Because of this consumers seeking the cheapest possible option will likely order netbooks available from manufacturers outside of the U.S.
Microsoft currently has a windows 7 upgrade for netbook users currently using Windows XP. The upgrade can be downloaded directly so netbook users without CD-ROM drives can still use windows 7. The windows 7 netbook upgrade comes in both 32 and 64-bit versions.
Yesterday, ASUS started taking pre-orders for the ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook and today they have finally added an official product page for the device. Other retail websites have also started displaying the netbook on their sites as well.
The 12.1″ (1366×768 resolution) Eee PC 1201PN netbook is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor and a Nvidia Ion 2 graphics chipset, and is equipped with 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB hard drive. The netbook also features HDMI and VGA output and runs on the Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The standard battery is a 6-cell, with 47Whr power consumption.
The current price for the 1201PN is $499.
Dell boasts that the M11x gaming netbook is the “world’s most powerful 11-inch gaming laptop” and they’re now competing against themselves to create an even better netbook.
The new M11x gaming netbooks will have the same graphics cards (Nvidia GeForce GT 335M) as before, as well as feature new Intel Core i5-520UM and Intel Core i7- processors. Of course, the options now are also more expensive — $949 for the i5 model and $1,099 for the i7 model (versus $799 and $899 for their predecessors).
Both netbooks will feature TurboBoost technology, as well as an integrated Intel HD Graphics Media Accelerator. The M11x netbook definitely is a heavyweight performer in its 4.4 pound weight class and doesn’t totally break the bank. If you’re interested in gaming and on the market for a netbook, get out there and check it out!
Packard Bell, the company owned by Acer, has just announced the launch of a new netbook, the 10 inch Dot S4. With the exception of its design, this seems to be just another standard netbook. The Dot S4 runs on the Atom N450 processor, includes 1 GB of RAM, 160GB of hard drive, a choice of 3 or 6 cell battery, and Windows 7. Other additions include Wi-Fi and a chiclet keyboard. It is not yet known how much the Dot S4 will cost or in which countries it will be available.
According to a report published by the Wall Street Journal, Sony is planning to enter the tablet market and compete with Apple by developing a product similar to the iPad. Some analysts assume that this device, whose details are quite limited, will run on Google Android OS though its possible it could run Windows 7 instead. No one yet knows. However, Sony has never been one to undercut its competition on price and therefore we may be looking at a device costing more than the iPad which might hurt its foray into this market.
Some other tech specs of the Fujitsu PH520 Lifebook netbook include:
- 11.6″ screen display with 1366 x 768 resolution
- AMD M880G chipset
- ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics
- 2 GB of RAM
- 320 GB hard drive
- b/g/n/ Wi-Fi
- 3 USB 2.0 ports
- HDMI, VGA, card reader, audio jacks
- Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
- Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
- 1.3MP Webcam
This Lifebook netbook also comes with a six-cell battery, which is expected to last for about 6.2 hours. The netbook weighs in at 1.4 kg — pretty standard for a netbook.
There’s another similar Fujitsu netbook that is powered by an Intel Celeron SU2300 processor. It features a similar shape, but the chassis has a larger keyboard and trackpad.
If you’re rooting for England in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, then this netbook’s right for you. The 10.1″ (1024,600 resolution) Hi-Grade Notino mL100E is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, and is equipped with with 1 GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160 GB Hitachi hard drive.
The Notino mL100E netbook also features a couple USB ports, an external VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Windows 7 Starter OS, and a webcam. Something unique about this netbook is that instead of having the trackpad buttons located underneath the trackpad, they’re located to either side of it.
The netbook is now available at a price of £279, including VAT.
It seems that Sprint got a bit too excited about its decent EVO 4G sales. It had originally stated that it sold 3x as many phones within the first day that their best phones had sold over 3 days. What it actually meant was that it sold in one day 3 days worth of phones. They double counted that triple multiplier it seems.
Regardless, they are sold out of the EVO 4G and analysts estimate that it sold a not too shabby 150,000 on launch. Nowhere near a 1 million unit iPhone kind of launch, but an achievement for Sprint and Android nonetheless.
Sony has just announced that they are taking pre-orders for their new second generation Vaio P Netbook. Some of the the netbook’s notable characteristics include its low weight (weighing a measly 1.3 ponds), its high price ($899), and of course its unique design consisting of rounded corners and bright color cases. The Vaio P comes in Icy White, Neon Green, Classic Black, Hot Pink, and Electric Orange.
Unfortunately for Sony, there is nothing all that notable about its specs: 1.60GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor, 2GB of RAM, and choice of 64GB or 129GB of storage. It also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1,and Windows 7 operating system.
Toshiba’s got some new and exciting computing devices coming out soon.
The AC100 is a 10.1″ netbook that will run on the Android 2.1 operating system instead of on Windows. The netbook will be powered by a Tegra processor, and be equipped with 512 MB of RAM and a 16 GB SSD hard drive. Other features of the Toshiba AC100 netbook include 1080p HD playback, WLAN, Ethernet, an HDMI port, and a 1.3 megapixel webcam. The standard 3-cell battery that comes with the netbook is estimated to last four to five hours.
No release date or pricing schedule have been released yet for this netbook.
The A665 is a 15.6″ (1366×768 resolution) laptop that will be powered by an Intel Core i7 processor (one of Intel’s newest processors for laptops). It’ll be equipped with 4 GB of DDR3 RAM and a 500 GB hard drive. Other features for the Toshiba A665 laptop include a Nvidia GeForce GTS350 graphics card, Bluetooth 2.1 capabilities, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA port, an HDMI port, a multi-card reader, and a Blu-ray drive — quite the powerhouse.
The laptop will come with preinstalled 3D content and a pair of 3D glasses will be included in the package. In terms of audio, the A665 will be equipped with Harman Kardon stereo speakers, Dolby Advanced Audio, and a Sleep-and-Music function, which allows users listen to music even if the computer is in sleep mode.
The Toshiba A665 laptop’s release is expected sometime this July. Pricing is not yet known.
July 1st will be the day that the Acer Aspire One D260 netbook becomes available to the masses. This netbook is unique in that it can dual boot with Android OS and Windows 7. While the Android aspect is not part of the standard option, it is nonetheless available to buyers interested in a netbook with a 15 second boot time. Gone will be the days of having to wait several minutes before checking one’s e-mail.
With the exception of the dual boot option, the netbook has all of the standard specifications. It comes with a 10 inch WSVGA display, a 1024 x 600 resolution, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, and runs on Intel’s 1.66Ghz Atom N455 processor. You can also choose between a 160GB or 250GB hard drive and between 1GB or 2GB of RAM. Other complementary features include WiFi, a webcam, and 8 hours of run time provided by the netbook’s 6-cell battery. With the battery, that weight comes to 2.75 pounds. Acer has not yet revealed how much this netbook will cost, and whether or not the masses will flock to this netbook will depend on this last feature.
At Computex, Acer showed off their first netbook run on Google Chrome OS. Most analysts agree that while Acer may be the first company showcasing such a netbook, other companies will soon follow suite due to the strength and flexibility of Google Chrome OS and also because Acer is not the only company to have struck a partnership with Google. Which company will be next?
Yesterday, Steve Jobs unveiled one of the most anticipated products of the year, the Apple iPhone 4 and the consensus seems to be that it did not disappoint. There are many new upgrades and additions to this phone, such as a new body, better display, a second camera, and new OS to name just a few.
Its dimensions come out to 4.5×2.31×0.37 inches. The phone weighs 137 grams, making it just a bit heavier than the 3GS (by 3 grams). However, the differences in size and weight are minor enough that they are probably indiscernible to most. The back of the phone has become flatter, the edges more squared off, giving the phone a more powerful look and feel.
While the screen is slightly smaller than the 3GS, the phone makes up for that with twice the resolution of older iPhones 960 x 640 as compared to 480 x 320. Keep in mind that the EVO 4G only sports an 800 x 480 resolution. The phone’s pixel density (or PPI) is also the highest of any current smartphone. Having an improved display will become extremely useful in the context of watching videos, which will become even more commonplace with the arrival of the new Netflix app.
The iPhone 4 comes with an additional camera, a front camera which will be used for face chatting, along with an improved 5-mexapixel back camera with LED flash.
One of the biggest surprises is the introduction of a new OS to the phone, the iOS 4. You can read more about the iOS4 here.
The phone will run on the a4 processor, the processor also being used in the iPad. Additionally, the iPhone will come with a 16% larger battery than the one found in the 3G, which will result in an improvement in battery life by 40%. Not bad Steve. This will allow up to 7 hours of talking, 6 hours of browsing, and 10 hours of video.
For all those interested in purchasing this new phone (in either Black or White) and who live in the US, UK, France, Japan, and Germany, it will be available on June 24th. The rest of the world will have to wait anxiously till July. With a new contract, the 16GB version will cost you $199, and the 32GB, $299. Without a contract the phones will cost $599 and $699 respectively.
Check out a video of the new iPhone 4g:
Now that apple has the iPad in addition to the iPhone and iPod touch all running the same OS, it makes even less sense to call it the iPhone Operating System. Thus, the iOS is born. But, as the network engineers reading this know, Cisco already has a trademark on IOS for all of its router and network switch operating systems. Then we hear the patent lawyers say there is no problem. Trademarks depend on the market segment so an operating system for consumer devices can have the same name as an operating system for network devices.
Apple doesn’t want to deal with all this nonsense, so it has instead licensed the use the trademark so that Cisco doesn’t sue. Litigation costs are kept to a minimum and everybody wins.
Some of the highlights of the new operating system include: multitasking; one inbox for all your email accounts; Bing has been added to the list of search engines; clicking on an iAd keeps you in app still (this should increase earnings for app companies as clicks/impressions will inevitably go up) and many many developer tools and APIs.
The “Golden Master Candidate” version of iOS 4 is now available for developers, so head out and create some amazing app that will make you a million bucks.
The Compaq Presario CQ62Z looks and feels like a notebook. It sports an attractive 15.6 inch screen, runs at 2.2GHZ on an AMD V-Series V120 CPU, comes with the choice of 2GB or 4GB of RAM, and storage options of 250GB or 500GB. It also brings with it ATI’s HD 4250 graphics card, LED backlighting, a 1466 x 768 resolution and is powered by a 6-cell battery.
The price however is a different story. While most, including myself, would assume this notebook costs $800 or $900, you can actually acquire this unit for only $379.99, a price reserved for netbooks not notebooks. So is this a notebook? a netbook? neither? both? I’ll let you decide. All I know is, it’s a great deal.