Computer maker Albatron is working on a new Intel Atom-powered netbook with a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display. While that makes it sound like any one of a hundred other mini-laptops on the market today, there are a few things that make this new machine different. First, it’s thin. Like, really, really thin. And second, it has one of the most interesting solutions I’ve seen for ensuring there are enough ports on a mini-laptop without cluttering the sides of the machine with ports every few millimeters.
Sascha from Netbook News.de got a chance to check out the new Albatron netbook in person, and he shot a hands-on video which you can find after the break. But here are a few of the highlights:
- The netbook features LEDs for WiFi, Bluetooth, WiMax, and 3G connectivity. That doesn’t mean all four wireless modes will be available on all units, but that’s a lot of options.
- Instead of putting the VGA and Ethernet adapters on the device, there’s a small port on the back of the netbook where you can plug in an adapter for these ports. While I’m not usually a big fan of this style of adapter, Sascha makes a case that you could just leave it on your desk while taking your netbook on the go. It also means that one side of the computer has no ports at all.
- The slim, 6 cell, 3600mAh battery sits flush with the bottom of the unit, which means it’ll be tough to develop an attractive extended battery for this netbook.
The netbook also has a 4-in-1 card reader, 2 USB ports, and a 1.8″ 80GB hard drive. and a keyboard that Sascha describes as smaller than the one on his Samsung NC10, but still usable. He also loves the texture of the touchpad.
There’s no word on pricing or availability yet, but it’s likely that Albatron will try to partner with mobile carriers to provide the netbook at subsidized prices.