Two more big names in computers and electronics could be preparing to release low-cost mini-laptops. APC Magazine is reporting that Toshiba Australia general manager Mark Whittard says the company will have a ULPC, or ultra low-cost PC available soon.
Aside from the fact that the machine will have a 9 inch or larger screen, that’s about all we know at the moment. But Toshiba has a history of successfully making and marketing tiny laptops. The company’s Libretto series was years ahead of its time.
It also looks like LG is planning to launch a netbook soon. According to DigiTimes, the company will likely contract with MSI to manufacture a PC that will be sold under the LG brand (so I wouldn’t be surprised if it looks a lot like the MSI Wind). The computer is rumored to have a 120GB hard drive, an 8.9 inch display, and 2GB of RAM. It will run Windows XP and LG may also offer a Linux model.
German news site Notebook Journal suggests the LG computer will cost 399 Euros, while a model with an HSDPA card will run 499 Euros, or about $628 to $785 US.
I’m not particularly excited about the LG announcement. It sounds like yet another rebranded MSI Wind. But I am curious to see what Toshiba has to offer.
[via Eee PC.net]