ASUS is expected to unveil a 10.2" netbook in September that will not be part of its Eee PC lineup. DigiTimes writes this netbook will be part of the N-series, these systems will support Windows Vista and can be equipped with 320GB HDDs.
Buoyant sales of 10.2-inch netbooks are said to be drawing strong attention among PC vendors. The upcoming 10.2-inch notebook from Asustek will be priced at NT$15,000-20,000 (US$477.8-637), the sources said. The N-series notebooks will support Windows Vista and hard-disk drives up to 320GB, they added. The sources named Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) as the panel supplier.
Given that 10-inch LCD panels can be applied in a wide range of applications such as digital photo frames, portable DVD players and netbooks, panel makers are all aggressively deploying into this segment. Among major panel makers in Taiwan, both CPT and Innolux Display have production of 10.2-inch panels, with both fabricating their panels at 4.5G lines.
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Re: ASUS working on 10.2-inch N-series netbook by Anonymous on Monday, August 25 2008 @ 04:24:10 CEST
So, if it supports Vista, does that imply Dx10 graphics? If not, I'd sooner downgrade the thing to XP and save the CPU drain. A 10.2-inch screen, is that 16:9/16:10 widescreen? Is there an optical drive or card readers? What will be the installed RAM, and can it be upgraded? Also, no mention if the Atom processor will be dual-core or not. $500 is a lot for any PC that can't multi-task easily, irregardless of the hard drive - though the 320GB brings to mind some nice PVR duties...