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Acer and ASUS freezing netbook/ultra-thin releases over Atom N550 uncertainty?

Acer and ASUS freezing netbook/ultra-thin releases over Atom N550 uncertainty?

If you've held off from buying a netbook because there always seems to be a new model - and a price cut - just around the corner, now might be the time to buy. Acer and ASUS are reportedly freezing netbook releases until around mid-August, according to DigiTimes' market sources, to clear their inventory in the face of the incoming Atom N550 processor.  However, Intel's pricing for the new chip - and their uncertain plans for the Celeron processor range - are prompting uncertainty.

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Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 convertible dual-mode tablet PC quietly outed

Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 convertible dual-mode tablet PC quietly outed

Fujitsu's latest consumer tablet PC has emerged quietly, showing up this weekend on the company's estore.  The Fujitsu LifeBook TH700 kicks off at $1,099 and has a 12.1-inch dual-mode display - that reacts both to multitouch finger gestures and an active stylus for more precise input - together with an Intel Core i3-350M 2.26GHz processor, 4GB of RAM and a DVD burner.  There's also a 320GB HDD, WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and Intel HD graphics with an HDMI output.

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UMID mbook SE boosts BZ MID’s Atom CPU and doubles RAM

UMID mbook SE boosts BZ MID’s Atom CPU and doubles RAM

UMID has outed a special edition of their BZ ultraportable, the UMID mbook SE, boosting the CPU from the original 1.2GHZ Atom Z515 to a 1.6GHz Atom Z530, paired with 1GB of RAM and WiFi b/g/n.  Retained is the 32GB SSD, 4.8-inch 1024 x 600 resistive touchscreen and full QWERTY keyboard.  The new model is already up for sale through at least one Korean retailer, priced at 698,000 SKW ($580).

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Dual-screen Toshiba Libretto W100 up for expensive preorder

Dual-screen Toshiba Libretto W100 up for expensive preorder

Toshiba still hasn't confirmed exactly when in July its dual-touchscreen Libretto W100 will go on sale, nor at what price, but at least one Japanese retailer is already offering the compact clamshell for 124,800 yen ($1,379).  This particular model packs integrated WiMAX, which will likely have edged the price up, though the retailer is saying it may not come into stock until August 2010.

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Lenovo U1 Hybrid not dead after all: Android resurrection tipped

Lenovo U1 Hybrid not dead after all: Android resurrection tipped

Having disappointed hybrid smartbook fans with the apparent news that the U1 Hybrid and Skylight had been canned, Lenovo now seem to be hinting at a potentially different direction for their eye-catching hardware.  TabletPCReview sat down with the company at a recent press event, and found the Lenovo team were talking about new Android builds for the U1 Hybrid and Skylight that implied the devices would, indeed, see an eventual release.

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Libretto W100: has Toshiba delivered Courier?

Libretto W100: has Toshiba delivered Courier?

Put the promo shots of the new Toshiba Libretto W100 next to the leaked renders of Microsoft's Courier project and you'd be forgiven for assuming one is the production version of the other.  When I talked to Toshiba late last week at a preview for the new Libretto, however, they were keen to distance their new gadget from what was described by one team member as "only ever a design study".  Of course, two screens and a finger-friendly interface mean the product and the project will inevitably be compared, so just how well does the Libretto W100 live up to the Courier promise, and - more importantly perhaps - where does it most significantly fall short?

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Toshiba Libretto W100 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba Libretto W100 hands-on [Video]

Dual-touchscreens, a clamshell book/netbook form-factor and a custom finger-friendly UI: the Toshiba Libretto W100 has broken the mold, and while the company concedes its resemblance to the Microsoft Courier renders, they're insisting it's a very different product. Based around two 7-inch capacitive touchscreen displays, a Pentium U5400 processor and a 62GB SSD, the Libretto W100 is the first such device to run Windows 7 and can be used either as a regular mini-notebook - complete with various on-screen keyboards - or as a digital book.

First impressions and hands-on video of the Libretto W100 after the cut

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