Intel's a little late to its own game -- a handful of dual-core Ion-based netbooks already exist -- but hey, we're all for closing the door on the single-core Atom netbook era. As of this moment, there are a dozen new netbooks based on Intel's new mobile dual-core Atom processors available in stores, the chip maker announced.
"In their short history, the netbook category has experienced impressive growth," said Erik Reid, director of marketing for mobile platforms at Intel. "Having shipped about 70 million Intel Atom chips for netbooks since our launch of the category in 2008, there is obviously a great market for these devices around the world."
Most of the heavy hitters have dual-core netbooks ready to go, including Acer, Asus, Fujitsu, Lenovo, LG, Samsung, MSI, and Toshiba. And according to Intel, it's Atom N550 chip offers "similar great battery life" as the single-core N450.