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Geez, I go on vacation for one week to discover that:
The Asus 1000HE has the new Atom N280 but not the new GN40 chipset. See the link to the article below, it explains why this makes the HE a non-starter in terms of the next great netbook.
The Samsung NC10 (11?) has a pre-order special edition that has a larger touch pad, longer battery life and an anti-reflective glossy screen treatment (?), but no change in the processor or graphics chipset.
The Samsung NC20 still does not have a release date in the US, nor is there enough information to judge whether or not the Via Nano will be worth the wait.
Lenovo is planning to release a 12″ version of their netbook, but no word on specs.
The high definition version of the HP 2140 will not ship until the first week in March, but will include a pre-release version of Windows 7.
It is rumored that the first netbook featuring the Nvidia Ion chipset won’t be out until the second half of 2009. I have not seen any information on a netbook that will have both the Intel N280 and the GN40 chipset. Read this to see why the chipset update matters more than the processor:
It will be interesting to see how the world economy slows down (or speeds up) the pace of netbook innovations. I guess the breakneck pace of last year’s updates have spoiled me…
I’m excited for NC20 and Lenovo and hope this time Lenovo does it right with the battery (unless they want another failure)
FYI, what I heard back from Asus regarding the 1000HE:
“hey pug, yea unfortunately, it has the 945 chipset, if you want to wait for the gn40, it should be in our next Eee PC line. no date is confirmed”
So, there you have it. GN40 and Ion netbooks TBD.
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