Earlier this month Lenovo announced that it will release IdeaPad S200 and S206 netbooks this June, and today the S200 made an appearance on the FCC thanks to a filing by Broadcom. The S200 features Intel’s Atom N2800 Cedar Trail CPU, 2GB of RAM, HDMI out and HDD and SSD options. Netbooks appear to have fallen by the wayside thanks to tablets and ultrabooks, but it appears that Lenovo’s netbook business is going strong. Both the S200 and S206 will cost $350
Samsung’s convertible Series 7 tablet/netbook turned heads at CES this year with its unique sliding design and slim form factor. Since then, we’ve heard little about the device before it made a short appearance today on Amazon. The netbook briefly appeared on Amazon for preorder with a $650 price tag, but the link for the device quickly went dead, suggesting that Amazon may have jumped the gun with its Series 7 preorder page.
Even so, we were a bit disappointed at the Series 7’s specs and price point. The $650 version of the device offered only 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal SSD storage – not great for a Windows 7 netbook. While the Series 7’s sliding screen is certainly cool, 32GB of storage won’t go far, and Windows 7 running on 2GB of RAM is not an ideal experience, either.
Amazon didn’t give a launch date for the Series 7 tablet, but the device does appear to be ready to launch soon. It will be interesting to see if the Series 7’s form makes up for its limited specs and high price tag.
Check out a video of the Series 7 in action at CES, below.
The death of netbooks has been widely predicted since Apple’s iPad was introduced last year. However, Samsung isn’t prepared to throw in the towel on the netbook market just yet. Instead, the company is focusing on helping netbooks evolve.
The company’s Samsung 7 series device, which was announced today, bridges the gap between tablets and netbooks. The device features a 10.1” HD LCD touchscreen display, just like a tablet. But the Samsung 7’s screen folds up to reveal a full keyboard. The device also runs on netbook hardware and software, including Windows 7, an Intel Atom Oak Trail Z670 CPU, up to a 64GB SSD Hard Drive, Integrated Intel Graphics, HDMI out and a 1.3Mp camera.
Is this the best of both worlds? At just 0.78” thin and 2.18 pounds in weight, the Samsung 7 is definitely slim like a tablet, but the device has enough power and the keyboard that you’ll need for more robust Windows applications. And, with a price tag of just under $700, the Samsung 7 costs about as much as a 64GB iPad.
We’ll keep a look out for this one at CES.
Need a device that provides more horsepower than a smartphone but is smaller than a netbook? Viliv’s N5 “Ultra Mini Mobile PC” may be the device for you.
With a 1.3GHz Intel Atom Z520 processor and 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, the N5 can run regular versions of Windows 7. Better yet, the device measures only 6.8” x 3.4” x 1.0” (127mm x 86mm x 25mm) – which is pretty close to being pocketable. Sure, the N5’s 4.8” LCD touchscreen is a bit on the smaller side, but with a 1024 x 600 resolution the screen will be decent for most common computer tasks.
The N5 also features a QWERTY keyboard that’s tiny, yet appears to be functional. The device also has an internal 3G modem so you don’t have to worry about finding a WiFi hotspot.
You can pick up an N5 from importers such as Dynamism for $649. The device passed through the FCC today, so we may see a formal launch of the N5 in the United States soon.
You probably know Coby as a manufacturer of low-end audio/video accessories, but today the company jumped on the netbook bandwagon with the NBPC1330 netbook PC, pictured above. The device features a 13.3” TFT LCD screen with a 1024 x 600 resolution, a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo processor, 160GB hard drive, up to 2GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, HDMI out and a 3 cell battery with 2-3 hours of runtime.
No word on pricing or availability, but the device just passed through the FCC today, so we’d expect that it will be released soon.
Chinese electronics manufacturer Haier isn’t exactly well known for its computers, but today the company passed a decent-looking convertible tablet PC through the FCC. Known as the X220P, the device rocks an Intel Atom processor (speed unknown), 10.1” touch screen display with a 1024 x 600 resolution, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and 3G wireless data, all in a package that weighs slightly less than 3 pounds. The user manual for the device shows that the device runs Windows XP or Linux.
No word on pricing or availability yet. The device doesn’t appear to have any obvious branding either, so it’s possible that the device will be rebranded before it makes its way to the States.