Netbooks have not been able to do too much in terms of cannibalizing notebook sales, and we have Intel to partially thank for this. Intel has imposed a limitation on netbook screen sizes, i.e. netbooks that are powered by processors in the Atom N series have been restricted to screen sizes no larger than 10.2″. This may change soon, as Intel may lift this restriction in the latter half of 2010, particularly with devices that are powered by the dual-core Intel Atom N550 processor.
Surprised? I’m not. Netbook sales have started to level off recently, so Intel is looking for a way to keep netbooks interesting. Some consumers believe that netbooks are too small to be efficient, so by enlarging the overall size of netbooks, sales in this area of the market would potentially be much greater.
In addition, ARM-based smartbooks with screen sizes larger than 10.2″ will be coming in the near future. Intel wants to keep ahead of its competition, so it’s loosening the restrictions on which netbook sizes their processors can support.
Of course, increasing the size of a netbook would further blur the line between such a device and a notebook, leaving us with one question… when is a netbook no longer a netbook, but instead an ultraportable or a notebook? Check out one of our previous articles for some details.
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.
Gateway’s new EC1083h CULV ultraportable has just been released in Canada. While this machine seems to be a rebadge of Acer’s Timeline 1810T laptop and have many features in common with Gateway’s LT200 netbook, it actually has some pretty nice tech specs (for an ultraportable).
Under the cover of this 11.6″ ultraportable laptop, there’s 3 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a (standard) 6-cell battery.
Pricing for the EC1083h ultraportable is $600 Canadian (the equivalent of roughly $550 USD). Unfortunately, there’s no information yet on when this device will be available in the States, but we’ll give you a holla when we find out.