Verizon will begin offering its first netbook with 4G LTE mobile broadband capabilities this Thursday, August 4th. The mini-laptop is a Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr. Basically it’s a slight variation on last year’s HP Mini 110 and it looks a lot like pretty much every other netbook released in the last 18 months. The only difference is the 4G radio and the above-average price tag.
The Compaq Mini CQ10 will run $449.99 when you sign up for a 2-year service contract. Plans range from $30 per month for 2GB of data to $80 per month for 10GB.
Sine Verizon’s 4G LTE network supports download speeds up to 12 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps, you could go through your data allowance in no time flat if you’re not careful.
The netbook features a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel anti-glare display, a 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, 1GB of DDR3 memory, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and a VGA webcam. It weighs about 3.1 pounds.
We first heard that Verizon would offer a 4G version earlier this year. What we didn’t know at the time was how much more expensive the netbook would be than a WiFi-only model, even after signing up for a 2-year plan which will set you back at least $720 over the life of the contract.
You can pick up an HP Mini 110 from HP for as little as $280.