Netbooks aren’t as sexy as they were a few years ago, now that hundreds of tablets have invaded the portable computing space. But chip maker Intel still sees a future for tablets with Intel Atom processors — and the company is reportedly sharing some advice with hardware partners for how to make next-generation netbooks more appealing.
Fudzilla reports that Intel sees room for a wide variety of netbooks, with a variety of screen sizes, operating systems, and other features.
- Screens could range from 7 to 12.1 inches in size.
- Netbooks could feature Windows 7, Windows 8, Tizen Linux or even Google Chrome OS.
- Prices could run between $199 and $399.
- Some netbooks could have premium features such as Blu-ray 2.0 support, WiDi (wireless display) technology, and fanless designs.
- We could see some ultrabook-like features including rapid start and “Smart Connect” functionality which lets the computer keep your email, social networks, and other data up to date even when the PC is sleeping.
I tend to take news from Fudzilla with a grain of salt, since the site makes Digitimes reporters look like they’re good at citing their sources. But there’s nothing implausible in this report, so I’m going to consider it lightly salted.