Could someone please ping NEC and remind them that we’re drowning in Tegra, Ion and Snapdragon loveliness at Computex and Intel’s Atom N270 simple won’t cut it any more? NEC have announced a new netbook series, the LaVie Light BL300, using the N280 processor and a choice of HDD or SSD.
The BL300 range – comprising the BL300, BL310 and BL350 – all have a 10.1-inch LCD, with 1,024 x 600 resolution and a webcam, together with WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. They measure between 27.5 and 29.8mm in thickness, and are available in glossy white, red or black.
The BL300 has either a 160GB HDD or 16GB SSD, while the BL310 and BL350 seemingly have 160GB HDDs only. Battery life for the BL300/BL310 is roughly 4.2hrs, while the BL350 gets a bigger-capacity battery for up to 7.4hrs. One of the USB 2.0 ports on each machine remains powered even when the netbook is not in use, for charging external peripherals or PMPs.
No word on pricing or availability outside of Japan.