ASRock Multibook G22
Apparently Japan’s DosPara isn’t the only company with the bright idea of releasing a 12 inch laptop with a dual core Atom 330 CPU and NVIDIA ION chipset for enhanced graphics performance. Blogeee reports that ASRock has a nearly identical machine in the works. In fact, I haven’t ruled out the possibility that the ASRock Multibook G22 and DosPara Prime Note Cresion NA might actually be the same computers packaged with different names for different markets.
The ASRock machine has a 12.1 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and a 10-in-1 card reader. It also includes a VGA port, 3 USB ports, HDMI output, audio jacks, Ethernet and a 56k modem (seriously), as well as 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth. It has a 6 cell, 4400mAh battery and a DVD burner.
Update: A rep from ASRock wrote in to clarify that this laptop has an Intel CULV processor and chipset, not a dual core Atom and ION chipset as had initially been reported. The notebook does still bear a more than passing resemblance to the DosPara mini-laptop, but it’s not clear if that means DosPara’s machine is CULV powered, or just a completely different animal.