Intel officially introduced the world to its next-generation Intel Atom N450 processor yesterday, and that apparently opened the floodgates, because over the last 48 hours, we’ve seen reports of more than a dozen new computer models. We’ll certainly be seeing far more announcements in the weeks leading up to CES in January, but here’s a roundup of all the new netbook models I’ve seen announced or leaked over the last two days:
- Dell Inspiron Mini 10: Dell may not be giving its new netbooks a new model number, but the next-generation version will sport a new processor, longer run time, and a number of configuration options including an HD display, TV tuner, and GPS.
- Asus Eee PC 1005PE: Asus was the first company to get its new Atom N450-powered netbooks into the hands of reviewers, and we have a roundup of half a dozen reviews. The verdict? Better battery life, the same performance we’ve come to expect from a netbook.
- Asus Eee PC 1001P, 1005P: While Asus is pushing the 1005PE pretty hard, there are at least two more 10-inch models on the way.
- Fujitsu LifeBook MH380: This model is rounder, browner, and has a higher resolution display than Fujitsu’s earlier 10 inch netbooks.
- MSI Wind U130, U135, U140, U160: MSI has 4, count ’em, 4 new models in the pipeline. Unfortunately the company’s not making it all that clear how they differ from one another. Spec-wise, they’re all pretty similar, but there seem to be a few different case designs.
- Classmate PC: Intel’s Classmate PC reference design is aimed at students. This version looks like a minor update to the previously released 10 inch Classmate. The main difference? The new Atom chipset should lead to better battery life.
- HP Mini 210: HP hasn’t officially announced any new Pine Trail netbooks yet, but a few leaked promo shots and some premature product listings at an online retailer are giving us a clue what HP is planning.
- Samsung N150, NB30: Samsung hasn’t introduced any Atom N450-equipped netbooks yet, but two new models popped up on the FCC web site recently, and I’d be surprised if they didn’t have next-generation Atom processors.
By my count, that makes 14 new models so far. Intel promises as many as 80 by Pine Trail-toting machines by early next year.