A few days back Hewlett-Packard introduced two new AMD-powered all-in-one desktops, Dell is now following suit. The erstwhile heavyweight champion of the PC world is adding a new AMD-based all-in-one desktop to its armory: the 23-inch multitouch Inspiron One 23.
Starting at $799, the Inspiron One 23 can be configured to include an AMD Athlon II X4 processor, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450, Blu-ray, and up to 1TB storage. Dell has also come out with a new touch interface.
For those of you mulling buying an HTPC, the PC maker has updated its Inspiron Zino HD mini desktop. It can now be customized to include a quad-core Phenom II X4 and AMD Mobility Radeon HD 5450. The entry-level SKU is priced $299.
Right around this time in 2008, AMD said it was taking a wait-and-see approach to the netbook market, saying "We are watching that segment rather than playing in it, but as it matures we'll see where it goes." It looks like the world's second largest chip maker has seen enough, as we see yet another AMD-based netbook emerge.
This latest entry comes from Gateway, which just announced its 11.6-inch LT32 Series netbook built around AMD's Athlon II Neo K125 processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It will also pack ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics with 384MB of onboard memory.
"The Gateway LT32 is a true ultra-mobile entertainment powerhouse netbook," said Pete Dailey, senior product marketing manager for Gateway netbooks. "It delivers a heightened level of performance and HD entertainment with the powerful combination of AMD Neo processors, ATI graphics, and the crisp and clear HD display. The HDMI port means that customers can enjoy their digital entertainment on a large external display wherever they go."
Other specs include 2GB of DDR3 memory, 250GB hard drive, 3G, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, three USB 2.0 ports, and pretty much everything else you'd expect to find on a netbook.
At this year’s CES AMD showed off a new platform named Yukon that featured a single-core Athlon Neo processor. The machine from HP that it was inside rivaled the MacBook Air in thickness, was cooled passively to prevent noise and size, and impressed most that saw it.
Coming in the wake of such an impressive little chip, is the Neo’s next version, a dual-core that will be coming inside a platform codenamed Congo. The Congo will be a dual-core version of the Neo that is aimed at ultraportable laptops, but not quite netbooks.
Its expected that the chip will be available on the consumer market in the second half of this year, will run at a little more than 1.6GHz, and should be the driving force behind plenty of 12 to 14 inch notebooks.
AMD's decision to skip the netbook market up to this point has been a curious one, considering how well the low power mobile PCs are selling. Now that AMD has officially launched its Athlon Neo chip, Intel might finally have some competition to contend with, right? Not so fast.
According to Gizmodo, AMD's answer to Intel's Atom doesn't answer very much. Instead, the site says the Athlon Neo costs more, consumes more power, and despite being faster than the Atom, the Neo surprisingly isn't intended for netbooks. Huh?
"We believe there is a significant market opportunity that lies between the less-capable mininotebook and higher-priced ultraportable notebook segments,” said Bob O’Donnell, program vice president, Clients and Displays, IDC. “Integrating the right kind of technologies will enable companies to pioneer a new category of ultrathin notebook PCs, offering consumers the value they seek in a challenging global economy."
Instead of targeting the wildly popular netbook market, AMD plans to focus on ultrathin notebooks starting with HP's Pavilion dv2 Entertainment Notebook. Previously codenamed Yukon, the Athlon Neo chip gets paired with either the ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics, or the optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics solution, making it far better suited for media-oriented applications than most netbooks, so perhaps AMD is on to something here.
Will AMD's strategy of targeting a niche market between netbooks and ultraportables pay off? Hit the jump and tell us what you think.