Mini-laptops and handheld computers with small screens are niche devices that tend to carry high price tags these days. But for the past few years Japan’s Don Quixote has been bucking the trend with the Nanote line of mini-laptops featuring low prices… and modest specs.

The latest model is a 7 inch mini-laptop with called the Nanote Next, and it’s available for pre-order in Japan for the equivalent of $260.

The Nanote Next features a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel IPS LCD touchscreen display, a 360 degree hinge that lets you position the computer for use in laptop or tablet modes, 8GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and a 64GB SSD. It’s powered by an Intel Pentium Silver J4205 processor, which is a 10-watt, quad-core chip from 2017 that’s based on Intel Apollo Lake architecture.

While the processor isn’t exactly a speed demon, it should bring a small performance boost over the 6-watt Pentium N4200 processor used in last year’s Nanote P8. But more importantly, the Nanote Next uses solid state storage rather than eMMC. That should bring a significant increase in read/write speeds. The laptop’s makers say that upgrade alone can help websites load about 50% faster on the Nanote Next when compared with the Nanote P8.

Other features include a 2,050 mAh battery, stereo speakers, USB-C and USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a micro HDMI port and 3.5mm audio jack, and a microSD card reader. The mini-laptop measures 181 x 114 x 20mm (7.1″ x 4.5″ x 0.8″) and weighs about 560 grams (1.2 pounds). It ships with Windows 10 Home software.

The processor isn’t the only underwhelming feature though. The laptop’s webcam is VGA-quality, at just 0.3MP. And wireless capabilities top out at WiFi 4 and Bluetooth 4.0.

Still, it’s nice to see a mini-laptop that’s aimed at the budget market, even if it’s not necessarily a very impressive mini-laptop.

via /r/umpc



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7 replies on “Nanote Next is a cheap 7 inch mini-laptop with slightly better specs than last year’s model (Japan)”

    1. question is it run Fedora, ubuntu, Debian and ARCH. Nobody interesting findows

  1. I will have to see if I can grab one. Been looking for a cheap replacement for an original eeepc701 for years. Best I have now is an 11.6in chromebook, which is ok but not great.

    1. I gave away my ASUS 1000 a bunch of years ago, but I really liked it. Disturbingly, my Acer Inspire One is still happily running Linux (although I keep downgrading the specific lightweight distribution every year or so), 9 years later, and it’s passed two other netbooks and two Chromebooks (my Samsung Chromebook 3 falls out of support this summer).

      So, yeah, I’d be pretty jazzed to pick this up for $300-ish in the US, just to avoid having to use tablets with keyboards, etc.

  2. One might imagine that web pages shouldn’t need to actually touch primary storage to load, just RAM, unless you’re using swap/pagefile.
    But given that the world wide web standard is so astoundingly bloated with features it doesn’t need and shouldn’t have that no one can possibly implement it from scratch for all I know maybe that’s just how everything works now.

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