Although a dual-core version of the lower-power Intel Atom processor hasn’t been officially announced, some info has made its way into Intel’s Developer Forum.
If the info is accurate, look for a dual-core Atom 330 to be launched at 1.6GHz and be built on the same 45nm process.
With a new motherboard slated to launch in September that would be a good time for the Atom 330 to make it’s debut as well, though it’s still just a rumor at this point.
Better late then never, Lenovo has officially announced that it will be releasing an UMPC in September called the Ideapad S10 to take on the other players in that category like the Asus Eee PC, MSI Wind, etc.
Features of the S10 will include:
- Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz processor
- Intel 945GSE chipset
- Microsoft Windows XP operating system (some countries will be available with Linux preloaded)
- Up to 160GB 2.5-inch SATA hard drive (5400 RPM)
- Up to 2GB of memory (depending on configuration)
- 10.2-inch widescreen LCD with LED backlight and native resolution of 1024 x 600 (some countries will also have a version available with a 9-inch screen)
- Nearly full-size keyboard (85%)
- Multi-touch trackpad
- Built-in 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- 10/100 Ethernet
- 4-in-1 multi-card reader
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- Up to 3 hours battery life with 3-cell battery, up to 6 hours with 6-cell
- Available in black, white, or red
Another feature worth drawing special attention to is some sort of new heat dissipation technique which is supposed to keep the S10 from heating up your lap and wrists. A very welcome feature if it works well.
Pricing on the S10 in the US will start at $399 for a model with 512MB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive.
Looks like a pretty solid machine for the money. If you’re shopping for a small notebook computer and can wait a few more weeks this looks like one worth checking out.
For more info check out the press release here.
UPDATE: Just noticed that CrunchGear has found a video of the S10 in action so check it out below if you’re interested. Its just 11-seconds long and doesn’t really show anything , but if you can’t get enough of the S10 go for it.
According to alleged “insiders”, Dell’s upcoming UMPC called the “E” will go on sale next month and the basic model called the “E Classic” will go for just $299.
Specs for this super cheap version reportedly include
- Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor
- 8.9-inch LCD screen
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of storage
- Linux operating system (Ubuntu, I’d assume)
A more expensive model with more RAM, storage space, a built-in webcam and a 12-inch screen should also be available.
Something you might remember when the E was first talked about last month, it will not have function keys, giving more room to the other keys.
The MSI Wind was supposed to be shipping today but looks like MSI has hit a little snag and the Intel Atom-based UMPC now won’t be shipping until June 27th.
No word on exactly what the reason for the delay is but hopefully this ship date isn’t missed too…
Courtesy of Japanese website Impress, we have benchmarks of the much talked about Intel Atom processor and the MSI Wind PC (the tiny desktop computer, not the Asus Eee PC competitor).
How did it do?
The 1.33HGz Atom did manage to beat both the 900MHz and 630MHz in PCMark05 1.20 but in the benchmark suites CPU Score test the Atom fell in between the two Celerons.
The Atom is designed more for saving on power than winning benchmarks, but if you are thinking about picking up a computer with an Atom chip you might want to take a good look at a few reviews first before jumping on one.
I have three slow computers right now so personally I’m not so keen on getting another one but we’ll see…maybe some later reviews will give me a good reason to pick up up an Atom-powered device.
Does that mean that it will be available in the US and Taiwan on the 3rd? Not sure yet–could just be Taiwan initially but we’ll find out soon.
The 901, as you probably already know, will be more or less an Eee PC 900 with an Intel Atom chip instead of a Celeron. Sure, there are some other changes, but they’re pretty minor.
The official price hasn’t been released yet but its expected to be priced below $650.
We knew that an updated version of the Asus Eee 900 was coming that would be based on the Intel Atom chip and the first pictures of the Eee PC 901 are out.
It doesn’t look a whole lot different from the Eee PC 900 except for a few extra buttons and the power jack has been moved.
Check out a bunch more pics here if you’re interested.
Asus CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed a couple of juicy new bits of info about his company’s Eee PC line:
- A model with a 10-inch screen is expected later this year
- An Intel Atom-based model will launch at the Computex show
Shen says that “the feedback we’ve received from users has been great. Many have asked us for bigger screens and better usability. That’s what made us start developing the Eee PC 900.”
That’s also, I’m sure, why the 10-inch model is being developed as well.
Asus says that anything with a 12-inch screen or larger is a “classic notebook PC” and not an Eee PC and that a 10-inch screen is “the biggest screen an Eee PC will ever get.”
No other info about specs or pricing for the 10-inch or Atom-based models but look for that info in the coming months.
[Via PC World]
We all know that a version of the Asus Eee PC that uses Intel’s upcoming Atom chip is coming, just don’t know when. Could it be June?
According to Techradar, an Asus representative in the UK believes that an Atom-based Eee PC will be unveiled at Computex in June and ship shortly thereafter.
June is when the Atom chip is expected to launch, so there is a good chance this is true.
What is the Atom?
Intel’s upcoming Atom will be their smallest chip using the worlds smallest transistors, with 47 million transistors squeezed into a 25mm² chip.
The Atom will also be Intel’s lowest power processor, so it should allow for the Eee PC to have a much better battery life than the 1.5 hours of the current 8.9-inch model.
For more info about the Intel Atom check out the product page here.