Toshiba NB550D won’t be coming to the US

The Toshiba NB550D is one of the first netbooks to feature a dual core AMD C-50 Ontario chip with ATI Radeon 6250 graphics. That makes it an interesting test case for AMD’s new competitor to Intel’s Atom chipset, which currently dominates the netbook landscape. Details about the netbook are starting to emerge from Australia and Europe, but if you’ve been waiting to find our more about US availability I have some bad news.

A Toshiba representative tells me that the company doesn’t currently plan to offer the NB550D in the United States. That could change, but right now the mini-laptop isn’t scheduled for release here.

As far as I’m aware, the only other company planning to release a 10 inch netbook with an AMD C-50 processor is Acer. The Acer Aspire One 522 isn’t shipping yet, but it’s available for pre-order from Amazon for $330.

  • tbsrinivsn

    Intel’s bribes and threats go a long way! Toshiba apparently is too scared to sell it in the US.

    Go Intel!

  • 5318008

    Looks slightly deeper than the AO522 and 1015B (big bezel, deep palmrests) and I’d wondered if it somehow had bigger batteries and was thusly able to claim its est. 9-hour battery life, compared to 5-6 hours for the other ones I mentioned. Though it states it’s got just a 6-cell like the others, smaller-resolution screen maybe? Regardless I’d wanted to see its US specs and price, oh well. Still probably getting AO522 on account of HD screen and insanely good price.

  • gman

    They don’t fear Intel. They fear themselves. I think the word is chewing off their own leg. It’s the debate about why buy this for that when you can buy this for less? Really though, this sounds like a pretty sweet package.