Jun 8 2010

Toshiba to Introduce Android-Based Netbook and 3D Laptop

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.

Via TechEye.

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.

May 16 2010

Hongrun Electronic Releases 7″ MID700 Tablet

Chinese computer manufacturer Hongrun Electronic is releasing a new mobile internet device (MID) to the market.  The MID700 tablet will feature a 7″ screen with 800×480 resolution, 256MB of DDR2 RAM, and 2 GB of flash storage.  It will be powered by an 800MHz Telechips TCC8901 chipset and run on Windows CE 6.0.  Other features of the tablet include a mini USB port, an SD card slot, and an HDMI port. The MID700 is also able to support 1080p videos.

There’s no word about how long the device’s battery will last, and unfortunately the resistive touchscreen won’t provide the best experience that money can buy, but the MID700 also supports stylus input.  At least it’s relatively small, portable, and somewhat cute.  The tablet, pictured below, retails for roughly 980 Yuan, or about $145 U.S.

Via ClonedinChina.

May 14 2010

ASUS Eee PC 1201PN Ion Netbook Available for Pre-order on Amazon

The ultraportable ASUS Eee PC 1201PN netbook is now available for pre-order on Amazon Germany.  The 12″ ultraportable is currently available in three colors – black, silver, and red, and packs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N450 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a NVIDIA Ion graphics chipset. Other tech specs include Wi-Fi, gigabit ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1, three USB ports, and HDMI and VGA outputs.

The ASUS Eee PC 1201PN is priced at €479, or roughly $600 US.  No information is yet available on the shipping date, but ASUS is planning on introducing the Eee PC 1215N netbook in July, which is essentially a hyped up version of the 1201PN with Optimus support and a new, dual-core Intel Atom processor.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any future releases.

Via SlashGear.

Dec 19 2009

Nokia To Sell Booklet 3G Netbook In UK For £650

This January, Nokia is going to be selling the Nokia Booklet 3G netbook for £650, or around $1000 USD. This is a big boost over its £500 price quote back in August.

But if you can drop that kind of cash, you won’t be disappointed with your new netbook. The Nokia Booklet 3G rocks a 10.1-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, HDMI, and a variety of connectivity coptions including integrated 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The hardware is solid – an Intel Z530 CPU, 1 GB of RAM,  a 120 GB HDD, GMA500 and a godly 16-cell battery that will keep your machine churning for up to 12 hours. The new netbook runs Windows 7.

Not impressed? There’s probably something wrong with you. Even so, Nokia is planning a new Booklet 3G netbook in 2010. It will run Intel hardware with Maemo technology and most likely a lower price tag.

Via WhiteHatFirm, image via TechSpot.

Feb 3 2009

ASUS N10J Netbook Cranks The Graphics

The ASUS N10J netbook is an interesting introduction to the family. At 10-inches and $699, it’s an expensive entrant. However, it packs an Nvidia GeForce 9300 graphics card, one of the first times we’ve seen netbooks featuring discrete graphics. We can’t say for sure what the N10J netbook will use them for, anything could happen in the mutating market.

You can switch off the graphics card if you don’t feel like taxing your battery life. The keyboard is supposedly pretty good, and the HDMI and ExpressCard ports are helpful additions to the formula.

ASUS N10J netbook

If you want to game with the netbook, however, the low resolution might tick you off. The Intel Atom is low-powered, and not unintentionally – it’s meant to be cheap and effective.

Other reports of gaming netbooks have been met with little followup or acclaim, but who knows –  the genre could still kick off. The success of the unique ASUS N10J will likely determine whether other manufacturers follow ASUStek into the category.

Via MercuryNews.

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