Asus is reportedly partnering with Disney to release a netbook for children called the Netpal. USA Today reports that the mini-laptop is due out in July and it will run about $350. It’s targeted at kids between the ages of 6 and 12.
The Netpal will have an 8.9 inch display and an Intel Atom processor. It has a 16GB SSD and runs Windows XP. I’m guessing it will look a lot like the Asus Eee PC 901, but it will come in a couple of different colors and include custom Disney-themed desktops. It will be available in a floral “Princess Pink” color or “Magic Blue” with Mickey mouse pictures.
USA Today says it will also include a Disney browser, a Radio Disney widget, and parental control software, among other applications.
Update: Forbes reports that the Netpal will be available in 21 countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. And Laptop Magazine has some hands-on photos and a video which demonstrate that the Netpal looks more like an Eee PC 1008HA Seashell style netbook than the Eee PC 901. While the netbook runs Windows XP, both articles also explain that there’s a custom Disney software shell running on top of the operating system.