I love it when companies give their products self-explanatory names. Take Point of View’s new Mobii ION 230 netbook. Guess what kind of chipset it has? Yup, NVIDIA ION, which in this case pairs a 1.6GHz Intel Atom 230 processor with an NVIDIA graphics processor. The Atom 230 is basically the desktop version of the Intel Atom N270 CPU for netbooks, and no, I have no idea why Point of View would choose to use this particular processor in this 10.2 inch netbook.
Most of the netbook’s specs look pretty much standard. It has a 10.2 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, 802/11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0, a 1.3MP webcam, 2 USB ports and an SD/MMC card reader. It has a 6 cell, 4400mAh battery that’s reportedly good for about 4 hours (I guess that video processor takes its toll on battery life).
The Mobii ION 230 also has an HDMI port, DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0 graphics, and enough oomph to display 1080p video… even though the screen resolution isn’t actually high enough for 720p video. Still, you should be able to handle some modern video games or play Blu-Ray or other HD videos without converting them to a lower quality format first. This is one of the first 10 inch netbooks I’ve seen to feature the NVIDIA ION platform.
The nebtook is expected to launch in Europe soon for about €349, or $496 US.
via Netbook News
Only a ION powered on 10 inch 1366×768 lcd needed. When? 🙁
I have been waiting for a 10″ netbook that can play HD video. I want something small I can put next to my LCD TV and download HD movies.
I like the green. Looks very nVidia. I can’t wait to hear a review on this to see if its time to upgrade from the ole 900mhz celeron EEEPC. If they add a higher resolution display option, I’ll be in for sure.
Judging by their site (linked above) it seems to come in 7 colors including black. Hard to tell how glossy.
Sigh.. everytime I read 1024×600 I’m getting a bit more bored. Where are all these 1366×768 netbooks? Are you listening Asus???
Interesting…but looks constructed cheap/uninspired in a sad PLAYMOBIL® European way. Cheap plastic at looks good in yellow, as nature tells us all: bright colors tell you when what you touch is dangerous. 😉
I like the protective coloration. People would be less likely to step or sit on it 🙂
I wonder if the Atom 230 is being used because ION desktops are already around but for reasons no one can figure out – ION netbooks are still a few months off.
Chipset issues or some bizarre Intel rule? Perhaps using the desktop atom is a way around the delay.
Their use of the processor number, 230, in the netbook’s name may suggest that they will bring out other models with different processors. That would be in keeping with their novel use of informative model names.
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