MSI Wind12 U230 unveiled; 12.1” AMD Neo X2-powered netbook

October 30, 2009 at 6:29 pm

MSI Wind12 U230MSI has quietly launched a new 12.1-inch netbook on its official website. The MSI Wind12 U230 follows on from the U200/U210 models, with a 12.1-inch (1366 x 768) display powered by an AMD Athlon Neo X2 (Yukon CPU MV40/ L335) dual-core processor. Graphics will be catered for by the ATI Radeon HD 3200 and it will come with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Other features include up to 4GB RAM, 160-320GB HDD, HDMI, 1.3MP webcam, Wi-Fi (b/g/n), 4-in-1 card reader, three USB ports and optional Bluetooth. Battery life on the 6-cell battery should be good for around 4 hours. At this point there’s little information on pricing or availability, but we’ll keep you posted.

Via Netbooked.

The ‘netbook’ gets ever bigger – now above 12-inches

July 31, 2009 at 10:47 am

Measuring tapeSince the netbook was conceived around two years ago, the size of these devices has got larger and larger. Some of the very latest netbook models to be released from the big guys include 11.6-inch and 12.1-inches. I’m sure this trend won’t go away, despite Microsoft and Intel’s best efforts to crack down on netbooks larger than 10-inches.

However, in China, white-box vendors are now looking to produce ‘netbooks’ that are even larger than 12-inches. To get around the restrictions that Intel places on netbook display sizes, it plans to use processors from AMD and VIA instead. The advantage is that VIA’s platform costs nearly half as much as the Intel Atom.

Now what defines this as a netbook? Not much in all honesty, but there is rising demand for these larger netbooks and therefore these products are being marketed as such rather than the laptops that they really are. Let’s just hope this doesn’t catch on.

Via Digitimes.

Medion Akoya Mini E1312 11.6-inch netbook gets UK launch details

July 6, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Medion Akoya Mini E1312We first heard of the Medion Akoya Mini E1312 netbook during the recent Computex show in Taiwan. This model differs from other netbooks on several fronts. It has an 11.6-inch high-res (1366 x 768) display powered by an AMD 1.5Ghz Sempron 210U CPU, M690E chipset and ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics. It also comes with a 6-cell battery as standard (9-cell optional) and a HDMI-out port.

Other features include 1GB RAM, 160GB HDD, three USB ports, 3-in-1 card reader, Wi-Fi (including draft-N), a 1.3MP webcam and Bluetooth 2.1. The 2200mAh rated battery should last for a little over 3 hours. We now know that the E1312 will be released across Aldi supermarket stores from 12th July in the UK for a very reasonable £339.99, which includes a three-year warranty and Windows XP Home. If you are interested you’d better get to Aldi early on Sunday morning as these Medion products are normally quite sought over.

AMD looking to outgun ION via Radeon HD 4200

July 2, 2009 at 6:10 pm

ATI Radeon GraphicsAMD is planning to release a new integrated chipset codenamed RS880 targeting low-end systems such as netbooks according to The Inquirer. This chip will come with the ATi Radeon HD4200 graphics core that is 15 percent faster than anything on the market right now.

I assume this statistic also takes into account Nvidia’s 9400M/ION GPU. After all, it is Nvidia’s ION platform that AMD is targeting here. It also supports AMD’s Stream general-purpose computing technology and, by extension, would eventually support OpenCL. A first glimpse of these new chipset should emerge in August and it is set to include DX10.1. This would mean a launch ahead of the rumoured ION 2 chipset from Nvidia by the end of the year.

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