Jun 6 2010

MSI Reveals WindPad 100 Tablet at Computex 2010

MSI just revealed the newest addition to its tech lineup at Computex 2010.  The WindPad 100 is a 10″ (1024×600 resolution) Windows 7 Home Premium tablet powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom Z530 processor and packing 2 GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD hard drive.  The MSI tablet will also feature two USB ports, an HDMI port, as well as a webcam.

Something interesting about the tablet is that is made entirely of plastic.  Sadly, it does feel like it, but on the bright side, the WindPad also weighs in at a mere 1.7 pounds.  The prototype featured at Computex didn’t have any of the ports listed above, but the final product is expected to output 720p video to an HDTV.

The MSI WindPad 100 tablet is expected to hit the market later this year for a cool $499.

Via Engadget.

Jun 6 2010

MeeGo Netbook Platform

Maybe netbook manufacturers are showing MeeGo a lot of love at Computex this year. Novell is developing an OpenSuse version of MeeGo that should be available on netbooks within the next year. Linpus as well will be delivering their own flavor of MeeGo borrowing some elements from their already available Linpus Lite for netbooks.

Success would be impossible without the hardware side but luckily MeeGo has allies in that camp as well.  Quanta and Intel are collaborating on a 10-inch MeeGo tablet hopefully coming out next year. Other companies that have pledged support include:  Acer, Asus, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, and Orange. MeeGo will be a powerful force come 2011.

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Jun 6 2010

Asus Eee PC 1015T at Computex

It appears that there is a new Eee PC coming out soon and will be sporting the AMD v105 processor and ATI Radeon HD 4200. Before any gets too excited though, it should be noted that this machine was not even running a full OS. Based on the original report, it seems like that this machine was rushed to Computex just to have something to show. Stay tuned and as more information comes out on this new Asus netbook it will be posted here. Get a sneak peek at the video below:

Via Netbook News

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May 20 2010

MSI Introduces the Idea of a SketchBook Netbook/Tablet

Do you like drawing but hate wasting countless pieces of paper for your sketches?  MSI may have a solution for you.

The company has recently released the concept of their Sketchbook netbook/tablet to the public.  This device is essentially a netbook as well as a tablet that allows users to draw on an enlarged trackpad using a stylus. The MSI netbook/tablet combo features a standard QWERTY keyboard, which can be flipped over to expose an enlarged trackpad space.  It might still be unclear how this all works, but here’s a picture for further clarification.

MSI has not yet announced tech specs, launch information, or pricing for this device but there are rumors that it will be formally unveiled at the Computex convention next month.  In the meanwhile, we’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.

Via Electronista.

Jun 16 2009

Asus Eee Netbook Keyboard Runs on Moblin

The Eee keyboard was recently on display at the Computex trade show. This “netbook keyboard” prototype runs on Moblin and is powered by an Intel Atom processor. The hardware within this keyboard includes 1 GB of RAM and either a 16 GB or 32 GB solid state hard drive.

Here’s a demonstration of the Eee keyboard running Moblin for your viewing pleasure:

Let us know what you think!

Via LaptopNews.

Images via SineWalker and Gizmodo.

Jun 1 2009

Asus Eee PC 1101HA Netbook at Computex 2009

Keeping the “Seashell” moniker, Asus plans to debut the Asus Eee 1101HA model netbook at Computex 2009, which is coming up in less than a week!

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This new netbook will feature a 11.6″ screen with high definition resolution of 1366×768 and be powered by an Intel Atom Z520/Z530 processor. In addition, the 1101HA will have 1 GB of RAM and a 160 GB hard drive.

Via I4UNews.

Image via TechPowerUp.

May 31 2009

Smartbook Encroaches Upon Netbook Territory

The ARM processor, a less powerful processor than the Intel Atom, is making its way into the “smartbook.” Essentially, smartbooks are mobile computing devices that will be similar to (but less powerful than) netbooks.

On the plus side, smartbooks tend to have longer battery lives, but they will also run on the Linux operating system instead of Windows. Several software companies, such as Adobe and Broadcom, are rumored to be developing programs that are compatible with the ARM processor and future smartbooks.

The term “smartbook” is based off the term “smartphone.” Many new terms such as this are popping up all over the place, as more unique computing technology is revealed. There are discussions over the use of the term “netbook,” and many parties have different names for the same thing.

Industry analysts currently refer to netbooks as “mini notebooks” while Microsoft has referred to them in the past as “ultra mobile PCs.” Some interesting/new definitions may even pop up at the Computex trade show in Taipei, Taiwan next week.

Via TheNewYorkTimes.

May 16 2009

ECS Delivers Green Netbook Chips At Computex 2009

Elitegroup Computer Systems is set to display its new product lines at Computex Taipei 2009, and netbooks are on the agenda.

ECS will be displaying a new series of AMD and Intel CPU motherboards, including the P55H-A, A785GM-M, and A790GMX-AD3. The new motherboards are adaptable to both ATI and NVIDIA graphics, and ECS will be releasing its own graphics card line as well: the “Black (high performance), Green (environment friendly) and Silent (home entertainment) Series,” set to please a whole variety of users.

The company’s environmental policy, “Protect the Earth & Enrich Life,” is being implemented in a variety of new products:

“ECS features green PCB, low power consumption, space saving and carbon reduction through a series of smart designs of notebook, netbook, All-in-one and small-form-factor desktop systems in Computex. ECS also presents its advanced wireless WiMAX handheld devices in the up coming trade show.”

We’re definitely pumped to see what this means for netbooks.

Via itVARNews.

Nov 17 2008

ARM Netbooks To Feature Ubuntu Linux OS

The UK-based mobile phone chip designer ARM recently announced that it will feature Ubuntu, the open-source Linux operating system, on its upcoming netbooks.

Noting that ARM is known for the long battery life of its mobile phones, analysts believe the joined forces will produce something ideal – efficient, light-weight, cheap netbooks. Increased battery life is enticing for buyers, for whom netbooks’ compatiability with their busy schedules is a main concern.

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ARM’s Vice President of Marketing Ian Drew said the aspect of mobile devices that is most quickly growing is “the always-on experience.” Increased battery life will be a necessity in the coming months as the emphasis on this feature continues to grow.

“The release of a full Ubuntu desktop distribution supporting latest ARM technology will enable rapid growth, with internet everywhere, connected ultra portable devices,” Drew continued, emphasizing the positive prospects of the partnership.

The ARMv7 architecture, including ARM Cortex-A8 and Cortex-A9 processor-based systems, are expected to be the aspects utilized by the Ubuntu Desktop OS.

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The COO of Canonical, Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor, focused on the varied choices this partnership will give consumers, stating that “[ensuring] that a fully-functional, optimised Ubuntu distribution is available to the ARM ecosystem” will offer “wider choice for consumers looking for the best operating system for their digital lifestyles.”

“This is a natural development for Ubuntu, driven by the demand from manufacturers for an ARM technology-based version.”

It is likely that this partnership will create even more competition with Intel’s Atom, especially given the recent announcement from AMD.

According to Rob Coombs, Director of Mobile Marketing at ARM, the first devices should be seen around the time of the June Computex show next year. We’ll keep an eye out.

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