The failed marriage between Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey is proof that pairing 'popular' with 'wish I was popular' isn't always a recipe for success. Nevertheless, Digitimes' "industry sources" say Foxconn is gearing up to release a pair of white-box netbooks in the very near future.
For whatever reason, the mobile DIY concept has never gained much ground and there exists only a small handful of white-box laptops. Foxconn's obviously hoping for a much better reception in the incredibly popular netbook sector where the biggest complaint is the lack of a performance punch.
Details are sparse, but sources say Foxconn will release the NS20 and NS24 DIY netbooks under a series codenamed SZ901P. These will be built around Intel's Pine Trail platform and include features such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a webcam, and a card reader. On the software side, Foxconn will offer WIndows XP or a custom Linux-based OS called FoxOS.
The most popular method of purchasing a notebook remains buying a prebuilt machine and calling it a day. That slaps in the face of enthusiasts who know they could do just as good of a job putting together a laptop, but there just aren't as many options to go the DIY route as there are in the desktop arena. The good news is, that list is growing.
Asus and OCZ both already offer whitebook solutions, and today Antec announced that is launching a new line of standard components for the mobile computing market. Referred to as common building blocks (CBB) and developed according to a common set of specifications initiated by Intel, the interchangeable components takes away much of the guesswork from would-be system builders hoping to go the DIY route.
"Our new line of mobile product components offers system builders for the first time the ability to configure and build laptop computers specifically for their important accounts, and to fully support them in the field," said Scott Richards, Antec senior VP. "We are proud to be the pioneer global provider of these products to the channel, helping system builders penetrate mobile computing markets that were previously closed to them."
Do you find the notion of building your own notebook appealing?