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Samsung may be working on an NVIDIA ION powered netbook

French news sites Blogeee and Les Numeriques are both reporting that Samsung will soon introduce a netbook with NVIDIA’s ION chipset. The NVIDIA ION platform bundles a lower power Intel Atom CPU with an NVIDIA GeForce 9400M grahics processor to offer better video and graphics performance than you would get from the integrated Intel GMA […]

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NVIDIA to release its own Tegra powered mini-laptop

Update: Wired checked in with NVIDIA’s PR director, who denies that the company has any plans to release its own Tegra powered netbook. Graphics chip maker NVIDIA typically makes PC components which it sells to computer makers or the general public. But Pocket Lint is reporting that NVIDIA plans to release its own netbook/smartbook powered […]

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Asus Eee PC T91 to hit the UK next week?

The Asus Eee PC T91 convertible tablet style netbook isn’t due out in the US until the end of July. But AsusTablet.com is reporting that the netbook could be available in the UK as early as June 22nd. It was reportedly due out even sooner, but there was apparently a distribution problem holding things up. […]

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Rumor: HP working on a Qualcomm Snapdragon powered Smartbook

HP has been working with wireless carriers to sell subsidized 3G enabled netbooks for a while now, but so far all of those netbooks have been powered by Intel Atom processors. But The Street reports that the company may introduce its first ARM-based mini-laptop, or “smartbook” based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platform soon. I had the […]

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Rumor: Netbook makers may be reluctant to switch to Windows 7

Final pricing for Windows 7 hadn’t been announced yet, and what’s even less clear is how much Microsoft will charge PC makers who want to pre-load various versions of Windows 7 on netbooks. But DigiTimes is reporting that right now Microsoft wants to charge netbook makers around $45 to $55 for a copy of Windows […]

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Acer to introduce 11.6 inch Timeline notebook, phase out Aspire One 11.6 incher?

Acer’s Timeline series of notebooks are thin, and kind of light laptops that measure less than an inch thick at their thinnest points, (and under 1.2 inches at their thickest). Right now, the Acer Aspire Timeline is available with a 13.3″, 14″, or 15.6″ display, with weights ranging from 3.5 to 5.3 pounds and prices […]

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Industry bits: Asus layoffs, Quanta gains traction in netbooks

Here are a few stories I came across this weekend about the companies that make our beloved mini-laptops. Asus to layoff up to 500 employees Earlier this year Asus announced plans to layoff several hundred workers as part of an effort to save money and restructure the business. While those layoffs were delayed a bit, […]