Major PC makers may have pulled the plug on netbooks, but that doesn’t mean there’s not room for one more. Chinese tablet maker Newsmy has introduced a new 8.9 inch mini-laptop with an Intel Atom processor and an adjustable touchscreen display that lets you use the computer like a tablet.

It’s called the Newsmy Newman Q20, and thanks to the power of eCommerce, you can order one online and get free shipping to the US if you really want to. A couple of different sellers are offering the Newman Q20 on AliExpress for around $460 and up.


The Newman Q20 doesn’t have the most impressive specs. But it has an interesting design and a smaller screen than most Windows notebooks or tablets.

At first glance, the system looks like an ordinary (if small) notebook. But there’s a hinge under the display that lets you rotate the screen by pushing it back 180 degrees so that it faces away from the keyboard. Then you can close the lid and hold the device like a somewhat chunky tablet.

Newsmy Newman Q20

The computer has a QWERTY keyboard, but in the space below the keyboard where you’d normally find a touchpad, there’s a small optical mouse and left and right buttons. If you’re not a fan of the tiny pointing system, you can just reach up to the touchscreen display and tape and swipe your way through the Windows 8 operating system.

Newsmy’s Newman Q20 is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom N2600 Cedar Trail dual-core processor. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and an 8.9 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel touchscreen display.

The computer has WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet and HDMI. It also has a front-facing camera. There are two USB ports, a mic jack, and a headphone jack.

via padhz

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8 replies on “Newsmy Newman Q20 is an 8.9 inch netbook/tablet convertible”

  1. i’d love to get one and install ubuntu or some other linux distro on it

  2. I would have gotten this a year ago. Besides I’ll only buy from some well known retailer. I don’t even buy stuff from Amazon where Amazon isn’t the seller.

    When Bay Trail comes out, I hope there’ll be a lot of UMPCs being released. I’ll at least find one that’s sold officially in the US and from a company that likely will provide driver updates and support.

  3. I always used to want these little computers, and now I’m in a position to afford them I find I can’t do without 16GB RAM or more, which they never have 😛

    1. If you need that much RAM, shouldn’t you be concerned about the Atom’s performance for such tasks?

      Also, even a mobile Core i might be a bottleneck. I’m always surprised when people try to use a notebook for work that requires a lot processing. It’s just not the right tool for the job.

      1. The point was more that way back then I only needed a tiny amount of RAM, but now I do work, and that has ruined small laptops as a concept. So, who does this appeal to? The rich MS Office user?

        1. Business people who just need something good enough to do presentations with are a good example… Among others… not everything people do needs a lot of performance and compromises are always made for something you use on the go versus something you can stop and use at one location at a time…

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