The first crop of Chrome OS-based netbooks is expected to arrive this month, though there has been no official confirmation. However, a little known France-based cloud OS startup named Jolicloud could very well steal a march on Google with a netbook running its eponymous cloud-centric operating system.
The company has confirmed that the first Jolicloud-powered computer is on course for a November, 2010 debut. Called Jolibook, the netbook features a dual core Atom N550 processor and 250GB hard drive storage, and comes preloaded with “Chromium, Facebook, Spotify, VLC, Skype, and a bunch of cool apps that are one click away.” With the launch just round the corner, Jolicloud won’t be able to hide the remaining details for too long. We will keep you posted.
One of the coolest gadgets that was shown off at IDF earlier this year was Dell's Inspiron Duo, a hybrid netbook/tablet with a funky twistable screen. The Duo has the potential to be a big hit, offering the best of both worlds with a 10.1-inch screen and hardware keyboard.
Unfortunately, we still don't know much more about this potential game-changing device, such as when it will launch, how much will it cost, and what hardware it will come with. What we do have, however, is a teaser video that Dell put out showing the Inspiron Duo from a variety of angles, as well as shoved into a JBL speaker dock.
If you're having trouble deciding between a notebook or a tablet, Gigabyte's T1125 might be just what you're looking for. Netbooknews.com had a chance to spend some hands-on time with this tri-purpose device, and it certainly looks promising.
You'll notice we called this a tri-purpose device and not a dual-purpose notebook. Why? Well, slap it into the optional dock and now you have a secondary display to go along with your desktop's main monitor.
It gets even better. At 11.6 inches, the T1125 just barely slips out of netbook range, which means you won't find a poky Atom processor inside. Instead, the T1125 sports an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor along with Nvidia GeForce 310M graphics (with support for Nvidia's Optimus technology), up to 8GB of DDR3 memory, 320/500GB hard drive, Wireless-N, built-in 3.5G antenna, 1.3MP webcam, a USB 3.0 port, USB 2.0, eSATA/USB combo, HDMI, and a few other odds and ends.
Upcoming netbooks armed with Google's open-source, cloud-based Chrome operating system should finally start appearing later this month, DigiTimes reports.
Among the upcoming notebooks will be a Google branded unit similar in strategy to the Nexus One smartphone. Inventec will be in charge of the producing the Google netbook with first-run shipments expected to reach 60,000 to 70,000 units. These will be built around an ARM-based platform, DigiTimes says.
After Google leads the way, Acer and Hewlett-Packard will fall in line with Chrome netbooks of their own, both of which are targeting a December launch. Asus, meanwhile, plans to sit on the sidelines and observe the market before making a decision on whether or not to dive in.
Now here's an interesting development. Citing "Taiwan-based [PC] makers," DigiTimes reports Microsoft is at least considering resorting to charging royalty fees on vendors of Android handsets for using its patents in email, multimedia, and more. Specifically, Microsoft is taking aim at Acer and Asus.
The reason? DigiTimes says the move is intended to prevent the two vendors from using Android and Chrome OS in their netbooks and tablets.
Out of all the Taiwan-based handset vendors in Taiwan, only HTC has signed licensing agreements with Microsoft for use of its patents. Up to this point, the lack of strict compliance regarding royalty fees for licensed use of Microsoft's patents -- which run at least $10 to $15 per handset -- has made Android a much cheaper option than Windows Mobile.
If the thought of a dual-booting netbook puts a smile on your face, then you'll be happy to know that Acer's Aspire, um, "Happy" netbook is expanding its reach. Previously seen at Spanish and Hungarian retail sites, the Aspire Happy is now headed to the U.K.
The 10.1-inch dual-booting netbook sports both Windows 7 and Android 2.1 Other than the OSes, it's a fairly standard netbook. Configurations include a single-core Atom N450 or dual-core Atom N550 processor, up to 2GB of memory, up to 250GB of hard drive space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional 3G, and a variety of color options, including "Candy Pink," "Lavender Purple," "Lime Green," and "Hawaii Blue."
The Aspire Happy runs £250 (just shy of $400 USD). No word yet on when this one is bound for the States.
The ASUS Eee PC 1015PN is part of the second wave of netbooks. So what exactly does a netbook require to be branded as a second-generation netbook? A dual-core processor at the very least. The 10.1-inch Eee PC 1015PN makes the cut as it not only boasts a dual-core 1.5GHz Atom N550 but also NVIDIA’s Ion 2 graphics chip.
Although currently unavailable stateside, the 1015PN has made its Amazon.com debut. It’s currently listed as “temporarily out of stock,” but interested parties can go ahead and order it now for $429.99, with Amazon promising to deliver the netbook when it becomes available.
If you're into subsidized pricing, mail-in-rebates, two-year customer agreements, Verizon Wireless, and HP's line of notebooks, then get prepared to be tickled pink. That's because Verizon is now offering HP's Pavilion dm1-2010nr notebook for $200 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and with a two-year commitment to a Mobile Broadband plan.
The 11.6-inch notebook comes with an AMD Athlon II Neo K325 dual-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4225 graphics, 320GB hard drive, Altec Lansing speakers, webcam, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit, and a 6-cell battery.
It’s the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year, and the folks over at Canonical have released Ubuntu 10.10. Coincidence? We think not. Clever marketing aside the new OS release offers up a custom Unity desktop interface optimized for lower resolution netbooks, 2GB of free online storage, and even multi-touch support if you have the right hardware. An interesting new revenue approach is also being explored this time around which will introduce paid support options, along with the ability to stream music to Android and iPhone devices for a nominal fee.
The early reviews are starting to come in and it sounds like Maverick Meerkat is a worthy successor for anyone who’s been waiting to give Linux a try. The CD sized ISO can be downloaded directly from the Ubuntu homepage, or you can fire up your favorite torrent app and help carry the load. That is why you installed uTorrent after all isn’t it? Don’t forget if you’re not the adventurous type you can always use that ISO to give the OS a try without installing, or even have it configure a multi boot to run side by side with your copy of Windows.
Have you given 10.10 a try? If so give us your impressions after the jump.
ASUSTek's entry-level Eee PC netbooks are due for a slight upgrade, according to reports that point to changes on the Asus support site, which now displays some new models currently not on the market. Apparently, the names of the new SKUs are nothing but existing netbook appellations suffixed by the letter D, which identifies models that feature DDR3-ready Intel Atom N455 single-core processors (1.66 GHz). Following the upgrade, the Eee PC 1001PQ, Eee PC 1001PX, and Eee PX 1005PX will be known as the Eee PC 1001PQD, 1001PXD, and 1005PXD, respectively. Pricing and shipping details are still awaited as there has been no official word on the upgrades.