updated 03:10 pm EDT, Wed June 3, 2009
BenQ inros new Joybook
Taiwanese hardware maker BenQ on Tuesday announced the upcoming release of its latest ultra-portable netbook PC, the 2.9lb, 11.6-inch Joybook Lite U121 Eco. Sporting a screen resolution of 1366x768 and a 16:9 aspect ratio, combined with the availability of large-capacity storage drives and an HDMI output, the Joybook Lite U121 Eco is intended as a minor media hub. Processing power comes from a 1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520 that, with the optional six-cell battery, gives it a life expectancy of eight hours. A three-cell battery is the default choice.
There are a number of storage drive options, starting with a 160GB hard drive, along with 250GB, 320GB and 500GB units. A solid state drive can be equipped alongside the HDDs, ranging in size from 8GB, through 16GB to 32GB. There is also a choice of Windows XP Home or Linux Lite operating systems. While 1GB of RAM is standard fare, it can be upgraded to 2GB.
An 802.11 b/g/n WLAN card is included, while Bluetooth 2.1 and HSUPA mobile broadband are optional. A 1.3-megapixel camera is integrated, as are two 2W speakers and VoIP functionality.
The Joybook Lite U121 Eco will be available in blue or white in June in China, Malaysia, and Taiwan. No prices have been announced.