Dell has confirmed that later this week the company would be unveiling their first mini notebook computer, the Inspiron 910.
Although the specs aren’t official yet the 910 is expected to include:
- Available with either Windows XP or Ubuntu Linux
- Intel 1.6GHz Atom processor
- Up to 1GB of RAM
- 8.9-inch LCD
- Built-in webcam
- 3 USB ports
- Weight as low as 2.2 pounds
Look for official info later this week, possibly on Thursday.
[Via Information Week]
The Commodore computer brand was revived in 2003 to sell inexpensive MP3 players, then was re-launced in 2007 as a maker of high-end gaming PC’s. At the IFA show in Berlin Commodore has announced another product–the UMMD 8010/F netbook computer.
Features of the UMMD 8010/F will include:
- Via C7-M processor at 1.6GHz
- Choice of Windows XP or Linux
- 10-inch LCD
- 1GB RAM
- 80GB hard drive
- 1.3 megapixel webcam
- 802.11b/g Wi-Fi
- Digital array microphone
- Will be available in white, black, grey and pink
Look for it to be released later this month for £325, or about $585 US. A bit on the high side for what you get so you’d have to be a serious fan of Commodore to jump on one of these.
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.
Engadget Chinese managed to get their hands on a slide showing the Asus Eee PC roadmap and it shows 23 different Eee PC models in three categories: Smart Casual, PRO Fashion, and Ultimate.
If that sounds like a lot you’re right–it seems that Asus doesn’t have to worry about their competitors as much as it needs to worry about itself. The Eee PC line is getting so watered down that sales could begin to suffer as consumers get confused.
The IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin will be kicking of on August 29, and when it does Fujitsu Siemens will be officially unveiling their Amilo MIni notebook computer.
Aside from being uber tiny, it looks like it will also have interchangeable lids (think old Nokia phone with it’s interchangeable faceplates).
Look for more info when the show opens. In the mean time, check out this video of the Amilo Mini:
…and this one of the lid being changed:
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.
Not satisfied with the current number of different Eee PC models available, Asus has gone ahead and announced another, this time the Eee PC 904.
Features of the 904 will include:
- Intel Celeron M 900MHz processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8.9-inch display with a native resolution of 1024 x 600
- 80GB hard drive
- Microsoft Windows XP operating system
- Uses the same keyboard as the Eee PC 1000 (which features a larger, 10-inch display)
Look for the 904 to hit later this month in the UK and sell for £269, or about $533 US dollars. No word yet on which other countries regions it will eventually be available in.
While Windows XP prepares to leave desktop and traditional notebook computers and begin a new life on UMPC’s (like the Asus Eee PC and MSI Wind), Microsoft has announced that they will be supporting the OS through at least the year 2014. This support will include security patches and critical updates.
This is a good time to remind everyone that June 30th will be the last day to buy a retail copy of Windows XP, so if you don’t have it yet but want it better think about ordering it soon.
Bill Veghte, senior vice president at Microsoft, says “our ongoing support for Windows XP is the result of our recognition that people keep their Windows-based PCs for many years.”
And that Windows Vista sucks (oops). Honestly, user satisfaction is around 33% according to the last figure I saw, so 67% or so of Vista users are satisfied.
It’s nice that the majority of Vista users are satisfied, but to have so many people unhappy with the most important piece of software on their computer–the operating system–is bad.
[Via Download Squad]
Ubuntu has released a version of their v8.04 Ubuntu Linux (aka ‘Hardy Heron’) for MIDs, UMPCs.
The new builds will are optimized for Intel McCaslin and Menlow-based devices and include:
- User interface in HTML, Flash, Clutter, Python with GTK, C/C++ with GTK and Java
- Different application sets for different products or configurations
- Integration with popular Web 2.0 sites
- Internationalization and translation support to meet market requirements
- Custom sets of licensed media codecs and third-party proprietary software for commercial partners
- Custom engineering
Ubuntu is a hugely popular distribution of Linux (I know it’s my favorite), so if this is as good as the desktop releases, and I have no reason to believe it won’t be, it’s definately worth checking out whether you’re a Linux fan or just looking for a new OS/UI to try out on your device.
For more info check out the product page here.
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…