Sony have received FCC approval for a WiFi, Bluetooth, EVDO and HSPA equipped "notebook PC" that, going by the accompanying photo, looks to be the company's much-rumored netbook. The device, described as both the PCG-1P1L and PCG-1P2L, uses the Qualcomm Gobi WLAN chipset, and measures approximately 9.5 x 4.5-inches.
AMD are preparing to reveal their netbook intentions at an analyst meeting on November 13th. Management at the company have previously been apathetic toward the segment, with VP of advanced marketing Pat Moorhead suggesting they only really made sense "around the house" rather than as a valid mobile warrior tool; CEO Dirk Meyer is now describing the AMD strategy as a "complicated answer". It's likely to address both battery life and video performance, both key areas criticised by Moorhead.
Read SlashGear - or any tech website - even semi-regularly and you'll see new netbooks appearing pretty much every day. The niche that started off with the Eee PC 700 as an unusual budget ultraportable has flourished to the point where most major notebook manufacturers have at least one on sale or in the pipeline. Just as common, however, as the new models is the phrase "another 1.6GHz Intel Atom"; the netbook market may not have reached saturation point, but has our interest in the same old hardware?
Somewhat ironic in following a netbook unboxing, but AMD's Pat Moorhead, VP of advanced marketing, doesn't seem too impressed with the whole budget ultraportable trend. Despite Intel's fabrication plants working like crazy to meet demand (and being featured in more and more devices from big-name companies), Moorhead says AMD are "taking a wait and see attitude on it". He also goes on to criticize the price creep in the segment, where machines that initially aimed for a $299 price tag are now nearer to $499.
Check out the video interview with Pat Moorhead after the cut
Netbooks returned to the top of the page this week, as Dell finally confirmed their first entrance to the budget ultraportable market. The specs of the Dell Inspiron Mini 9 may not be all that surprising - given both the regular leaking pre-announcement and the fact that all of these machines are pretty similar - but the brand name will likely make it the netbook to beat. In a way it's a shame, because there are far more exciting devices - such as the Raon Digital Everun Note - that, by virtue of being less well known, will struggle to make themselves heard.
SlashGear loves reviewers that tell it like it is - whether that be waxing lyrical about the latest must-have product to steal their heart, or heaping scorn onto flawed and fail-worthy rubbish. So it's good to see Jenn over at pocketables pulling exactly zero punches in her review of the Vega UMPC, Raon Digital's WinXP-running handheld PC with a 4.3-inch passive touchscreen.
Despite lacking internal WiFi or Bluetooth, the Vega has managed to score pretty well in past reviews, so if there's any overall lesson to be learnt here it's that the success of any mobile device is vastly dependent on the needs and lifestyle of the individual using it. Jenn criticises the no-longer-competitive price ($879 from Dynamism, in her case), sub-par text-entry methods, unattractive design and poor performance as an impromptu laptop-replacement.
People have been putting computers into their cars for years now, and manufacturers are playing (slow) catch-up themselves, but for the DIYer it's generally been a tricky bout of origami fitting all the screens, boxes and cables in for a neat install. Well, Microsoft -perhaps unwittingly - made things a whole lot easier with, ironically, their Origami concept (later to become UMPC, the butt of many myopic reviewers' scorn); a full computer with a seven inch touchscreen that manufacturers are often offering with an in-car mount. All of a sudden it's ridiculously easy to put a PC in your car, and then the struggle becomes picking the right hardware and interface software for your needs. Enter Steve over at The Carrypad UMPC Journal.
Steve is currently trying out how well the Raon Digital Vega UMPC works in his daily ride, and has posted the first of a series of three articles designed to help budding carputerists find the best system for them. Well worth keeping an eye on if you've ever thought "it'd be really useful to have GPS/my music collection/internet connection right now".
Korean company Raon Digital listed their one and only product – the Vega UMPC on their website. I know we’ve covered this device on SlashGear, but the follow-up with more info and images will help give you a better view of the product. It's a shame it doesn't have an integrated keyboard of some sort.
View the entire product specs after the jump.