This decision would mean that the lines between netbooks and notebooks will be blurred even more, and it will be up to the consumer to be aware or ask the right questions so they get the system they want.
“Intel plans to launch a dual-core Atom processor, the Atom N550, in the second half of 2010, and will also lift restrictions on the panel sizes of netbooks using the CPU, meaning vendors will be allowed to bring out 11.6-inch and 12.1-inch models, according to sources from notebook players.
Intel’s previous Atom CPUs carry restrictions which do not allow devices to have a panel size larger than 10.2-inch, to avoid netbooks cutting into demand for traditional notebooks.”
Notebook Release Round-Up
- Acer Launches Aspire Timeline 1825PT 11.6″ swivel notebook. Core 2 Duo SU7300, integrated graphics, and HDMI out.
- HP Envy 17 now shipping – 17″ Core i5/i7, 4GB RAM, Radeon HD 5850, and 2 HDD mounts. Inflated pricetag is standard.
- HP G42t Series shipping too – 14″ Core i3/i5 with 2GB RAM, and integrated graphics. 1366×768 resolution.