Sony S2 and Windows 7 slider tablets coming
Sony's delayed entry into tablets should include more than just one model, sources said Monday. A second Android 3.0 model, the S2, would take advantage of Sony's dual-screen patent to create a unique ovoid, book-like model with two 5.5-inch displays. The Engadget tip suggested it would behave like a more advanced version of the Kyocera Echo and run apps that use the separate screens, such as Gmail showing a message list on one and the actual message on the other.
Google Chrome OS netbook to get limited 2010 intro
Google's determination to have Chrome OS out this year should include a limited hardware release under its own name based on a rumor this afternoon. Similar to the approach taken late last year for the Nexus One, the PC would be limited to "friends and family" willing to try the beta version of Chrome OS, according to Engadget. Sources reportedly corroborated most of a recent production rumor, where Inventec would build about 75,000 units.
New tech previewed at Intel IDF
Intel is reportedly aiming to advance its Atom architecture with chips based on 15 nanometer processes. The technology would represent a significant leap, as current Atom offerings are all based circuits with a minimum of 45nm technology. Even the Cedar Trail platform, scheduled succeed the Pine Trail series in 2011, will be the first Atoms to be based on a 32nm process.
Intel's early 2010 quarter prefers fast notebooks
Intel today posted first quarter 2010 results that were its best ever for the start of a year. The company made a record $10.3 billion in revenue and nearly tripled its net profit compared to a year ago, up 288 percent to $2.4 billion. Most of that was owed to high-end notebook processors, as its overall PC group was saved by all-time high mobile chip revenue.
ASUS Eee Box EB1007 gets quiet launch
ASUS has quietly added a new entry nettop to its mix. The Eee Box EB1007 carries a 1.66GHz Atom desktop processor using Intel's newer Pine Trail platform but, stepping below the EB1501, just uses Intel's integrated graphics. It still carries 802.11n Wi-Fi and the usual complement of expansion, although the simpler graphics limit it to VGA for video output.
CTL plans multi-touch tablet for June
CTL launched a surprise entry into the tablet world on Thursday by showing a 2go Slate. Like HP's model, it shares some aesthetic similarities to the iPad and uses a customized version of the Windows 7 interface. The CTL version will actually be more advanced as it will use a modern, Pine Trail-era 1.66GHz Atom processor that should give it longer battery life and more performance.
Device offers thin profile and 2.4lb weight
Fujitsu on Thursday introduced the MH330 netbook based on Intel's PineTrail platform. The device is geared for mobility, weighing in at 1.1kg and measuring 18.55mm thick at the front and 24.5mm at the back. The 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor is paired with a 250GB hard drive, while Bluetooth 2.1 and 802.11b/g/n also come standard.
MSI Wind U160 takes netbook upscale
MSI today officially brought its chief designer netbook, the Wind U160, to US shores through Buy.com and Newegg. The system is the same as its international counterpart and revolves around a gold-and-bronze look with chiclet keys. It runs on Intel's newer Pine Trail platform and, with a 1.66GHz Atom, potentially breaks records with a maximum 14-hour battery life.
HP Vivienne Tam gets Pine Trail, Beats audio
HP today rounded out its netbook lineup with a long-anticipated Mini 210 version of its Vivienne Tam model. The new system gets the benefits of the new design, including the 1.66GHz Atom and low energy draw of Intel's Pine Trail platform; this time, software also gets a lift as the system includes the same Beats Audio software found in the Envy series and should theoretically help improve sound quality.
Sony VAIO M would replace W
A discovery at retailers yesterday has confirmed that Sony is developing a direct replacement to its VAIO W netbook. Just called the VAIO M, the 10-inch system appears to be more a change of design than performance and would run on the same 1.66GHz Pine Trail-era Atom, 1GB of RAM and 250GB hard drive as the recently freshened W series. The primary changes would be to use a lower-resolution 1024x600 screen and to move the headphone and microphone jacks to the front.
NVIDIA promises 2X DirectX 10 graphics, more
NVIDIA today finally confirmed details of its next-generation Ion platform, known informally as Ion 2. Unlike the previous platform, Ion 2 is a dedicated graphics core and not a full chipset. Based on the GeForce G 210M, however, it provides much more speed than the original and without necessarily sacrificing battery life. In basic DirectX 9-level (OpenGL 2) graphics, the new Ion is about 50 percent faster than the original and 15X faster than Intel; in DirectX 10 (OpenGL 3), it doubles its predecessor's performance while Intel never runs at all.
Intel upgrades netbook chip speed
Intel today been pressured to launch its first update to the Pine Trail-based Atomearly. The N470 brings the netbook-class chip back up to a 1.83GHz maximum speed without affecting the 5.5W power use key to Pine Trail's longer battery life. It shares the same 512KB of Level 2 cache and support for DDR2 memory.
LG launches two ultraportables in Korea
LG on Monday formally rolled out two ultralight XNOTE PCs in its home country of Korea. Topping these, the T280 is one of LG's first CULV-based notebooks and fits either a 1.3GHz Pentium dual-core or Core 2 Duo underneath a 11.6-inch display. LG doesn't supply battery life claims to match the low-voltage processors, but it does promise a relatively light 3.06-pound weight and a 1.2-inch or thinner profile.
Dell Mini 10 gets 4G on Clear, Sprint
Dell on Friday gave the current-generation Mini 10 a new option for WiMAX. The system's usual 802.11g Wi-Fi card can be replaced with a combo 802.11n and WiMAX part that will give it up to 10Mbps on most any compatible network. In the US, the upgrade will tap into either Clear or Sprint 4G.
Samsung N150 gets built-in 4G modem
Samsung as part of its MWC launches said it would release the first ever netbook with built-in 4G using Long Term Evolution (LTE). The technology gives the 10-inch portable Samsung's own self-developed 4G chipset, Kalmia, and delivers peak download speeds of up to 100Mbps. The PC doesn't lose any of its initial specs, including the 1.66GHz Pine Trail-era Atom, 1GB of RAM, up to a 250GB drive and 8.5-hour battery (albeit with 4G off).
Nokia hints Booklet sequel or phone
Intel today said it would join Nokia at the latter's press event on Monday to provide news. Neither company has said what the unveiling will involve, though their previously unveiled partnership has resulted in the Booklet 3G netbook and was meant to help create a "new class" of device through new processors and hardware designs.
ASUS EeePC 1005PE-H shows up in Europe
A new version of the ASUS EeePC 1005PE netbook has quietly been launched in the European market recently. The Eee PC 1005PE-H has the same 1.66GHz dual-core Atom but gets 2GB of RAM instead of just 1GB, and ships with a larger 320GB hard drive compared to a 250GB disk. Otherwise, there is the same 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1024x600 and a six-cell battery said to be good for 11 hours of operation.
X20 gets Bluetooth, WiFi, onboard broadband
A filing with the FCC reveals a not-yet announced netbook offering from LG, the X20 (PDF). The X20 sports a sleek curved case that measures approximately 6.7in x 11in, judging from photos included with the filing. The netbook uses a 10.1in, 1366x768 display and chiclet-style keys.
Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 now on sale for $449
The Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 netbook that was introduced late last year has now gone on sale in the US. The 10.1-inch netbook has an LED-backlit display with a 1366x768 resolution and is powered by Intel's recent 1.66GHz Atom CPU. It carries 1GB of RAM (not 2GB as elsewhere) and an integrated Intel graphics chipset.
Intel to add DDR3 support to two new Atom CPUs
An unconfirmed rumor maintains Intel will soon release two new updated Pine Trail Intel Atom chips, the Atom N475 and N455. The former has a 1.83GHz clock speed while the latter retains the common 1.6GHz rating, and both get DDR3 RAM support, which is a first for the Atom range.
MSI Wind U135 ready for no more than $330
MSI this afternoon said it has begun shipping the Wind U135 inside the US. Shown as far back as December, the netbook is MSI's first to use Intel's Pine Trail platform and uses the newer 1.66GHz Atom to draw out its battery life to as much as 7.5 hours. Ergonomically, it also gets a new 'chiclet' keyboard, an updated trackpad and a more smudge-resistant shell.
Intel pledges Classmate PCs with Pine Trail CPUs
Chipmaker Intel will soon release updated Classmate PC netbooks with its Pine Trail Atom CPUs. Apart from the new, more efficient and quicker chips, the netbooks will also be redesigned, strarting with the 10.1-inch Convertible Classmate. The challenge will be to make the devices lighter while keeping them rugged enough to withstand drops and other abuse from schoolchildren.
FIC SVE00 has controls accessible while closed
Not normally known as a contender in netbooks, FIC made its presence felt this week with a new entry, the SVE00. Running on the now expected 1.66GHz Atom from Intel's Pine Trail platform, the 10-inch system is mostly unique through its design: the display section is smaller than the base and lets owners toggle power or wireless without entirely opening the lid. Customization is just as important as it can run either Linux or Windows XP and has the option of either a rotating or solid-state drive.
ASUS Eee Top to get next-gen GPU and Pine Trail
ASUS is planning a major redesign of the Eee Top that will make it one of the first systems to use NVIDIA's Ion 2 chipset. A leak of the Eee Top ET2010PNT shows that the new all-in-one will use the new graphics, which will also go under the GeForce G310 name. Like some rumors suggest, it would actually be a dedicated part with its own 512MB of memory and 16 visual processing cores.
AMD deal has little impact on Intel health
Intel on Thursday night reported banner results for its fall 2009 quarter. In spite of its settlement with AMD, the company's revenue grew 28 percent to $10.6 billion. Its net profit grew by an even larger 875 percent to $2.3 billion, and the gross profit on its hardware jumped to about 65 percent.
New Gateway LT21 upgrades CPU
Gateway on Wednesday added new models to its LT series of notebooks with a few new Pine Trail-powered models under the LT21 series. All sport a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor and a six-cell, 5,600mAh battery that is said to be good for up to 10 hours of use. Models powered by the standard six-cell, 4400mAh battery are said to be good for up to eight hours of operation.
HP Mini 5102, 2102, 210 and Compaq 102 debut
HP's most significant CES unveiling includes a sweeping update to its Mini netbooks to bring them in step with Intel's Pine Trail platform. Heading up the range is the 10-inch Mini 5102, the company's first touchscreen netbook. It supports native multi-touch for Windows 7 and is targeted at the relative high end with an aluminum chassis like the EliteBooks and a Broadcom HD decoder that can process 1080p video.
Toshiba netbook uses Pine Trail, lighter body
Toshiba today confirmed its third-generation netbook with an official launch. The NB300 and NB305 both make the expected leap to Intel's Pine Trail-based 1.66GHz Atom and extend their battery life from nine hours to a full 11 hours. Even with the switch, though, they have not only shrunken their footprint with a smaller six-cell battery but have shed weight to reach 2.6 pounds.
BenQ JoyBook Lite U103 netbook gets SSD, HDD
BenQ on Monday launched the latest addition to its JoyBook Lite netbook lineup with the U103. The 10.1-inch PC is unique in that it features a sub-1-inch thickness and Intel's new 1.66GHz Atom processor, as well as the option of a 32GB solid state drive in addition to a standard, 500GB hard drive. Windows 7 is preloaded onto either, depending on the spec. The JoyBook Lite U103 is also the first netbook of its size to feature SRS TruSurround HD and SRS CS Headphone features for virtual 3D audio.
Samsung N150, N210, N220 and NB30 official
Not content to start its introductions early with the NX10, Samsung tonight unveiled four netbooks all running Atom chips based on Intel's Pine Trail platform. The N150, N210, N220 and NB30 all have the 1.66GHz Atom chip and get longer battery life, ranging from 8.5 hours in the N150 to a full 12 hours in the N210 and N220. All have 10-inch displays and a new casing that resists scratches and other flaws.
Acer netbook drops to $300 with Pine Trail
Acer on the last day of 2009 acted quickly to hush rumors by confirming details of its first Aspire One netbook to use Intel's Pine Trail platform for the Atom chip. The 532h gets the slightly faster 1.66GHz N450 but is most notable for its increase in battery life: the more efficient Atom and a more efficient 10-inch LED-lit display should net it up to 10 hours of usefulness on a high-end 6-cell battery and 8 hours on a regular 6-cell pack. The keyboard and trackpad have also grown in size versus the 531h, with the former now equivalent to 93 percent of a full-size keyboard and the trackpad having a larger area to better suit its multi-touch input.
Acer Aspire One 532h to be more stylish
Acer's first netbook based on Intel's Pine Trail platform, the Aspire One 532h, has finally been spotted in photos ahead of a likely release next week. The 10-inch system should be visually similar to its existing predecessors on the outside but is at once subtler and more stylized, having dropped the chrome-like accents on the side but gaining the newer keyboard of more recent Aspires as well as a larger trackpad.
ASUS may be disappointed in tech lines
ASUS is considering closing the groups that produce its Eee Stick Wii-like controller as well as its desktop and TV LCDs, a rumor insists today. Industry contacts for DigiTimes allege that ASUS isn't satisfied with either the shipment numbers or the profits associated with any of the three divisions and that the Eee Stick group is particularly hard hit, having lost 80 percent of its staff to include just 20 workers. The LCD groups still have orders but are facing tough outside competition.
ASUS Eee PC 1001P coming January 6th in Germany
The second EeePC from ASUS after the 1005p to use Intel's new-generation Pine Trail platform will soon be available, as indicated by a German Amazon listing. The 10.1-inch netbook uses the 1.66GHz Atom N450 processor, but other specs are similar to earlier Eee PCs. This means a 160GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM and Windows XP in a package that weighs 2.4lbs. In contrast, the Eee PC 1005P ships with Windows 7 Starter Edition.
Device powered by Intel's new Atom N450
Samsung's upcoming Pine Trail-equipped N220 netbook temporarily surfaced on the website of a French retailer, although the listing was quickly removed. The netbook integrates a 10.1-inch LCD with 1024x600 resolution, while the internal components are based on Intel's Atom N450 CPU and GMA 3150 graphics. Further specs include 1GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and an integrated webcam.
MSI all-in-ones and nettops to get new Atoms
MSI wrapped up the holiday week with word that it would use CES to launch new versions of its Atom-based desktops that use Intel's Pine Trail platform. The 18.5-inch Wind Top AP1920 (not yet shown) should be the Taiwan designer's thinnest ever all-in-one at just under 1.4 inches deep and will come in versions with the new single-core or dual-core 1.66GHz Atom processors; the change gives it a slight speed boost but should drop power consumption even lower.
ASUS T101MT tablet may pack Pine Trail
The FCC through a new filing has spoiled ASUS' plans to launch a larger version of its T91MT convertible tablet. The T101MT will logically have a larger 10-inch display and, as its name implies, multi-touch input. Little else is shown of the hardware besides 802.11n Wi-Fi, but the timing would dictate that the tablet uses Intel's Pine Trail platform and likely a 1.66GHz Atom N450.
Lenovo Pine Trail multi-touch netbook seen at FCC
An upcoming netbook from Lenovo, sporting multi-touch capability and Intel's new Pine Trail platform, has been spotted undergoing FCC testing. The IdeaPad S10-3t is expected to be shown off officially at CES early next month, and other preliminary specs point to a 10.1-inch multi-touch screen that can rotate for tablet use along with integrated Wi-Fi, 3G and GPS.
Samsung N150 netbook spotted with Pine Trail, 3G
A netbook from Samsung and powered by Intel's new Pine Trail platform has been spotted at the FCC this week. The filing reveals that the netbook, called N150, also has a Qualcomm Gobi 3G chipset that can support both EVDO and HSPA data networks. The chipset contains a GPS sensor as well.
Toshiba netbook at FCC with Gobi 3G chip
Toshiba's third-generation netbook is on its way with dual-mode 3G for EVDO and HSPA networks, an FCC filing (PDF) shows. Qualcomm has greenlit the use of its Gobi chipset for as yet unreleased NB300 and NB305 netbooks and as such would give one or both models access through AT&T, Sprint or Verizon without needing different hardware. The presence of internal 3G also hints at one or more carriers subsidizing the Toshiba PC when it's bought with a data contract.
Ultraportable offers Intel's Pine Trail platform
HP's upcoming Mini 210 netbooks have surfaced ahead of schedule on eCost.com's inventory listing. The devices feature Intel's Pine Trail platform, based on the new Atom N450 CPUs running at 1.66GHz. The 10.1-inch LCDs sit behind a flush glass panel, while an integrated webcam and mic also come standard. HP ships each model with Windows 7 Starter pre-installed.
Fujitsu LifeBook MH380 has Pine Trail, LED screen
Fujitsu is the latest to introduce a netbook sporting Intel's new Pine Trail platform, the LifeBook MH380. The 10.1-inch netbook has an LED-backlit LCD with 1366x768 resolution. It's rounder than competing products and has a unique feature in its half-sphere indentation that allows for circular motion scrolling. Other specs are largely par for the course with newer netbooks and include a 1.66GHz Atom N450 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a 250GB hard drive.
New MSI Winds get longer battery life
MSI today provided early details of its first Wind netbooks running on Intel's Pine Trail platform. The U130 and U135 both update to the 1.66GHz Atom and should get about 15 percent more battery life than previous Winds. They also get a minor aesthetic boost with touches such as a new trackpad.
New Dell Mini gets up to 9.5 hour battery
Dell on Monday leapt fully into Intel's Pine Trail Atom-based platform by launching a new version of the Mini 10. The new version makes use of a 1.66GHz Atom N450 to extend its battery life past the original and, in a version with a 6-cell battery pack, can last for up to 9.5 hours on a charge. It also gets the new option of a Broadcom HD video decoder.
Intel Atom gets longer battery life
Intel this morning finally began delivering Atom processors based on its Pine Trail platform. The chips are the first Atoms to be built on a 45 nanometer process and use about 20 percent less power on netbook-class processors and 50 percent less power on nettops. A new graphics core, the GMA 3150, moves to the main processor and not only reduces the footprint of the design by 60 to 70 percent but should improve performance by speeding up communication with the CPU.
ASUS 1005P netbook has Pine Trail, 12h battery
A second set of Pine Trail Atom-based ASUS Eee PC netbooks has been spotted and promises a significant update to one of the company's cornerstone netbooks. Store listings and images of the 1005P and slightly upgraded 1005PE show a system with the familiar thick "seashell" shape but with improved chiclet-style keys and a textured lid. A larger upgrade should come inside with a 1.66GHz Atom N450 that will both speed up the design and extend the battery life to a very long 12 hours.
NVIDIA Ion 2 due February or March
NVIDIA on Wednesday confirmed the development of a sequel to its Ion chipset but set expectations for its release. Calling it only the "next-generation Ion," representatives explained during a conference call that the hardware is in progress but won't be formally unveiled at CES next month. While some partners will likely show systems based on the new chipset at the Las Vegas expo, a formal unveiling isn't slated until sometime later in the first quarter of the year.
Intel showing 32nm chips early
Intel has signaled its plans to detail the first processors based on its 32 nanometer Westmere technology on Thursday. The semiconductor firm is expected to center its attention on the first dual-core notebook chips based on both the 32nm process and Nehalem and should introduce the mobile Core i5 and i3 as part of the introduction. These will be the first to carry graphics on the processor die and, on i5 models, will support Turbo Boost to automatically overclock one core when the other is shut down.
Acer Aspire One 532 netbook shows up early
A driver download page on Acer's website reveals a new, as-yet-unreleased netbook model, the Aspire One 532. Available in a couple of models, the AO532H-xx, will be Acer's first netbook based on Intel's Pine Trail platform. That means the AO532H will be powered by the 1.66GHz N450 Intel Atom CPU, which is confirmed by several retailer sites that are already listing the netbook for sale.
Acer Pine Trail systems may get next-gen Ion
Acer will be one of the first to use NVIDIA's Ion 2 if PC builders' leaks are authentic. To complement a number of new nettops and netbooks based on Intel's new Pine Trail Atom platform, Acer has supposedly ordered the new NVIDIA chipset. The DigiTimes tipsters don't say which systems will get the faster video, but the AspireRevo and higher end Aspire Ones are the most likely candidates.