ASUS' appealing little Lamborghini Eee PC VX6 notebook, which we took a shine to back at the company's holiday showcase, has gone up for sale in the UK. The 12.1-inch ultraportable packs an Intel Atom D525 dual-core 1.8GHz processor, 2GB of RAM and NVIDIA Ion 2 graphics with Optimus support, along with a 250GB hard-drive and HDMI connectivity.
Video demo after the cut
What difference a dual-core? As we've seen from the ASUS Eee PC 1215N, just because an ultraportable might be called a netbook, it doesn't mean it's necessarily short on power. Still, the Acer Aspire One D255 doesn't get NVIDIA's Optimus GPU to bolster its appeal, nor a desktop Atom CPU co-opted into mobile duty. Instead it offers the dualcore 1.5GHz Atom N550 and a mere 1GB of RAM. Are we expecting too much from this budget machine? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
A common criticism for Nokia in the US is that the company fails to collaborate sufficiently with the carriers, thus seeing its handsets marginalized in favor of rival phones. It seems Intel and Nokia aren't willing to let that be the fate of MeeGo, however; they've thrown in with Sprint at the carrier's annual developer conference, where the operator confirmed it would be looking to leverage the open-source OS "across an array of devices."
We have to say, with manufacturers dropping their Windows 7 slate projects left, right and center, we didn't really expect to see the HP Slate 500 ever make a retail debut. Imagine our surprise, then, when HP invited us over to see the production model, set to launch for $799 - paired with an HDMI docking station - and running Microsoft's OS on a multi-mode finger and pen touchscreen. HP are trying hard to avoid any iPad comparisons with the Slate 500; check out our first impressions after the cut.
Rumors of the demise of HP's Windows 7 tablet PC project, it seems, were seriously premature. The company has officially announced the HP Slate 500, a 1.5lb 8.9-inch WSVGA tablet PC running Windows 7 with a hybrid capacitive multitouch display capable of recognizing finger control or HP's "Digital Pen" stylus for handwriting and sketches.
Our hands-on will be up shortly.
Lenovo may not believe in Windows 7 tablets, but Onkyo certainly do, and you can now buy the hitherto Japan-only slates in the US courtesy of importer Dynamism. Three models are on offer - the Onkyo TW117A4, the Onkyo TW217A5, and the Onkyo TW317A5 - but you'll need deep pockets given the range kicks off at $779 and finishes up at $1,129.
The line between a netbook and a notebook used to be pretty straightforward, but with Intel's increasingly powerful Atom processors and NVIDIA's ambitious Ion-powered Optimus graphics, the distinction is more blurred. Typifying this new breed of netbook is ASUS' Eee PC 1215N, a 12.1-inch Seashell-series machine that could well be considered a true ultraportable despite its roughly $500 price tag. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
The Windows 7 tablets continue to trickle out, and after the mediocre showing of CTL's 2goPAD, can TegaTech's Tega v2 do any better? The 10.1-inch multitouch slate runs an Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz processor, with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and GMA 3150 graphics, and the first units are already filtering out; long-standing tableteer Rob Bushway has been playing with one, while Pocket-Lint have another.
The Windows 7 tablets continue to trickle out, and there's good news and bad. The good news is that, if you've been waiting for a 10.1-inch slate with a capacitive touchscreen, Atom N450 processor and 2GB of RAM, then CTL can help: their CTL 2goPAD is on sale now, priced at $499. The bad news is that it isn't all that great.