Update: As Jean-François Thamie of Netbook 3G points out, the FIC user manual actually says this netbook has a 10.1 inch display. In other words, there’s nothing particularly unusual or noteworthy about this netbook. Or at least nothing I can see. Maybe that will change when the laptop comes to market.

I’ve often contended that notebooks with 12 inch displays, while very cool, don’t quite fit in the netbook category. By their very nature they’re just not as portable as a machine with a 10.2 inch or smaller display and they’re typically not as light weight either. But what about a 10.4 inch screen? I think I’ll go ahead and shoehorn that in the loosely defined netbook category because come on, really… it’s .2 inches.

Anyway, First International Computer is apparently building something that looks a lot like a netbook with a 10.4 inch display. The company has filed documents with the FCC indicating that the upcoming machine will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, a 2.5″ SATA II HDD, 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, up to 2GB of RAM, an ExspressCard slot, and a VGA output. It will also sport a 10.4 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display.

First International Computer is a contrat PC maker, which means we probably won’t see these netbooks under the FIC name. Instead, a computer make you may or may not have heard of could place an order with FIC and slap their own name on the product.

via Engadget

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9 replies on “FIC pushes netbook boundaries with a 10.4 inch mini-note”

  1. Engadget has made a mistake, manual says :
    • 10.1″ WSXGA (16:10) Color TFT LCD, 1024 x 600
    • Maximum 16M true colors on all LCD display

  2. Mid-age bloat? Have Net-Books reached middle age?

    Size Creep? A mutated form of Feature Creep?

    The general concept of “Net-Book” is turning fuzzy
    at both ends of the scale.

    Next thing you know someone will be calling a large
    Smartphone a Net-Book.
    Oh, wait, they just did, didn’t they. 😉

  3. I used to have a Toshiba Portege 300CT (10.4″), upgraded to 320CT (10.4″) upgraded to Fujitsu P2110 (10.6″). (Then it all went to hell with 12+ machines but I miss the small light form.)

    If you think 10.4″ is OK, what about 10.6″? And if that is OK 11.1″ is just as small of a step as going from 10.1 to 10.6 🙂

    1. thats a poor argument…. because you could argue that a 7inch screen is no different from a 10 inch screen using the same argument. Or, that my intel atom netbook is no different than my CUDA workstation …

  4. If they are going to sell it with up to 2 GB of ram it won’t have XP on it. Microsoft forbids 2 GB on XP netbooks. Does that mean linux or Vista?

  5. Everex re-born?
    FIC only sold off 75% of Everex, they still own a minority interest.
    The 75% owner, New Market Technologies, has not been heard from.

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