You know that mythical $199 netbook we’ve all been waiting for? It might be here. A few days ago Freescale Semiconducter and Pegatron announced a reference design for a netbook with an ARM-based processor that could be sold for as little as $199. And today Xavier from Notebooks.com got a chance to spend some time with a prototype. And he came away from the meeting pleasantly surprised.
These netbooks are designed as super low power, Linux devices with a web browser and some other basic software. While they’re not going to win any awards for speed, Pegatron says they could get up to 8 hours of battery life.
That $199 price tag isn’t final. Pegatron is shopping around for computer makers who will actually price and sell the netbooks, so they could cost as much as $299 by the time they hit the streets. But with other netbook makers slashing prices on machines with Intel Atom CPUs, my guess is that any computer manufacturer that picks up this ARM-based device will try to undercut the competition on price.