It would appear that new netbooks are on the horizon. According to reports, HP will launch at least two more models built around Intel's Atom N455 (1.66GHz) and N475 (1.83GHz) processors.
These will be aimed at the entry-level market, a move some analysts says is HP's way of protecting its budget business as Intel shuttles its Atom chips into low-cost notebooks.
Analysts also predict that HP's re-entry into netbook territory, along with Intel's upcoming dual-core Atom chips slated for an October release, will spark heavy competition among the industry's four biggest players, including Acer, Asus, Samsung, and HP.
Intel hasn't officially launched its new Atom N455 and N475 processors, but that hasn't stopped some eager vendors from letting the cat out of the bag. One of those is Toshiba Japan, which earlier today posted a product page for the new NB305-10F netbook before quickly pulling it offline.
According to the spec sheet, the new model is largely unchanged from the original NB305, save for the faster processor (1.66GHz) and 1GB of DDR3 RAM.
Over at Amazon Germany, the same processor is being flaunted in a couple of new HP Mini 210 netbooks available in black or silver. The 10.1-inch machines are slated to arrive in 3-4 weeks and boast the same Atom N455 processor as the above Toshiba, 1GB of DDR3 memory, Intel GMA 3150 graphics, and a 250GB hard drive.
Netbooks may be crippled laptops, but that doesn’t mean a little more performance can’t be squeezed out of them. Intel’s new Pine Trail Atom processor is a step in that direction. Another step is a Pine Trail that supports faster DDR3 memory. Intel has obliged, not with one, but two new Atoms.
Intel’s two new processors are the 1.6GHz N455 Atom and the 1.83GHz N475 Atom. The N455 will have a TDP of 5.5W, while the N475 will have a TDP of 6.5W, making them comparable to the N450 and N470, respectively.
While DDR3 is faster, Fudzilla doesn’t see it as making all that much of a performance difference in netbooks. However, Fudzilla says, because DDR3 is getting cheaper, the price of notebooks could become cheaper as well.