The success of Apple’s iPad has already started showing its effect on netbook sales. As per Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, netbook sales have slowed down as early as January when Apple originally announced the iPad. While there was a 641% year-over-year growth rate for netbooks last summer, this year things are completely different.
Finally the world’s largest mobile phone company Nokia, steps into the world of netbook computers. The company just introduced its first line of mini laptops called Booklet 3G. The specs? Well…typically what you will see in most netbooks today… Intel Atom, 10.1 inch display, A-GPS, HDMI output, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. What is not typical is that the Booklet 3G has hot-swappable SIM card, an interesting 12 hr battery life and runs Windows 7.
The Apple Netbook fever starts again. This time in a larger scale. China Times has made a step further in claiming that the 9.7 inch netbook is scheduled to be released in October 2009. Wintek and Dynapack will be involved in assembling the products while Foxconn will be the primary manufacturer. It also seems Apple has already made the orders!
This should be an exciting news for kids because the world of netbooks is now to include a new cute member from a company that’s just one of their favorites. After a long interval of 5 years since its desktop release, Disney is set to launch netbooks for kids, called Disney Netpal around July end.
Most netbooks in the current market are powered by the Intel Atom processors and are powered by Windows XP. Well it looks like that this is how it is going to stay for a while. Especially those using the 1.6GHz Atom N270 and 1.66GHz N280 will have to be kept in Windows XP as Microsoft’s pricing for the Windows 7 Starter Edition would bring the overall system price too high.
MSI has been around for a while making low-cost netbooks and laptops. But when it came to brand value it probably couldn’t keep it’s pace, especially when compared to HP, Dell or Sony. That soon is about to change. Checkout the MSI X-Slim X320 – claimed as “the world’s lightest and slimmest 13-inch notebook“, which is now available for sale in the US from NewEgg and MWave.
Netbooks have made a significant impact in the world of computers. Almost every major laptop manufacturers have joined the bandwagon. Certain factors which the consumers look for in a netbook are the size of screen, the quality of display, overall size, weight, it’s features and the ofcourse the deciding factor…the battery life. Even the best featured netbook having a poor battery life will automatically hinder it’s acceptance among the consumers.