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.
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Sony has a Pine Trail netbook I just wrote about. It’s expensive at $449, but it will provide 8 hours of battery life, has Gigabit ethernet, and 1366 x 768 screen resolution. Many of the netbooks listed above are able to beat the battery life but fall short with the other two.
Just an FYI.
This is an utterly pointless post. All you’ve provided is a bunch of model numbers with zero information.
Try moving your mouse over those names and numbers.
Each one is a link to more information.
Yeah…Joe, I think you’re doing that wrong.
This is a round-up post so that visitors can quickly get to Brad’s previously-posted items about new models from a single location.
At least, that’s my guess… 🙂
Its so obvious that the 1005PE will be the top seller for years to come.
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