June 8, 2009 at 3:37 pm
If you were wondering whether WiMAX would ever really kick-off, a number of WiMAX-enabled netbooks from different manufacturers have been announced this morning. First off, is the Samsung NC10 WiMAX (NC10-12PWBK). It doesn’t come cheap, however, at $519.99 and is available to purchase now in the US. Other than the WiMAX module, the specs are exactly the same. The vanilla NC10, which costs $380, comes with a 10.2-inch (1024 x 600) display, 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, Wi-Fi (b/g), Bluetooth 2.0, a 1.3MP webcam and a 6-cell battery.
Intel along with UQ Communications is promoting the widespread deployment of WiMAX Services in Japan. UQ is committed to cover 90 percent of Japan with its WiMAX service by 2012 and sees the official UQ WiMAX launch on 1st July. As a result of this, several WiMAX-enabled netbooks and notebooks have been announced in Japan.
Onkyo has also announced a WiMAX variant of its recently released C204 netbook called the C204A5. Once again apart from a WiMAX module, the specs remain unchanged. This 10.1-inch netbook is powered by a 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU, 1GB RAM and comes with a 32GB SSD. The C204A5 will be available from July. A version of the Sony Vaio P with WiMAX has also been announced.
Finally, we have two WiMAX netbooks from Clevo, the M815L and the M811L. Both appear to be quite thick and have a boxed shape with square edges, it has been designed to look like a book. The M811L comes with two USB ports, 4-in-1 card reader, VGA, a pair of audio jacks, Ethernet and a Kensington lock. It is powered by the usual 1.6GHz N270 Atom CPU + 945GSE chipset combo. It also comes with 1GB RAM and a 160GB HDD. No pricing or availability has been announced at this time. Check out a hands-on video of the Clevo M811L below.