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Dell Inspiron Mini 12 facing axe?

Dell Inspiron Mini 12 facing axe?

Dell has suspended shipments of the Inspiron Mini 12 netbook, at least that's the latest rumor from DigiTimes.  According to their sources, the 12.1-inch budget ultraportable - which uses Intel's Atom Z530 processor - could be discontinued, leaving Samsung the only vendor with a 12-inch netbook. 

Netbooks: Buy now or wait?

Netbooks: Buy now or wait?

Intel Atom, NVIDIA Ion, AMD Neo and VIA Nano - do you buy a new netbook today, or is there something much better waiting just around the corner?  In a way, the netbook market today is a microcosm of the full-size laptop market as it was five years ago: there's the potential for significant leaps in capability, as manufacturers and chipset OEMS find their feet in the budget ultraportable niche.  Nobody wants to waste their money, but most of us would also like a new toy sooner rather than later.  SlashGear picks out the next big thing in netbooks, and helps answer the eternal computing question: buy now or wait?

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Ion netbooks from $399; AMD Neo could ‘crush’ Atom says NVIDIA CEO

Ion netbooks from $399; AMD Neo could ‘crush’ Atom says NVIDIA CEO

Netbooks using NVIDIA's Ion platform - that couples an Intel Atom CPU with a NVIDIA GPU - have a target price of just $399, and will give customers the "full PC experience" rather than the "inferior" performance of current devices.  That's the opinion of NVIDIA's plain-talking cofounder, president, and CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, who has been talking with LaptopMag about the proliferation of mobile devices and ultra-low voltage chipsets.  According to Huang, today's netbook is "a low-cost PC that doesn't work that well" and that is in fact hurting the PC software industry due to its poor support for common applications. 

After the cut, Huang on Ion, AMD, MIDs and more

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Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung NC20 previewed: HD capable, over 6hrs runtime

Samsung made a great first-impression with its debut to the netbook sector: the NC10 won praise both for its excellent keyboard and lengthy battery life.  So there's plenty for its sequel, the Samsung NC20, to live up to.  Ukrainian site gagadget have managed to acquire an NC20 of their own, and have been testing out how the switch to VIA's Nano U225 processor and Chrome9 HC3 integrated graphics impact on performance.

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VIA dual-core Nano 3000 CPU coming 2010

VIA dual-core Nano 3000 CPU coming 2010

VIA are planning single- and dual-core Nano 3000 processors each with very low power requirements, expected to begin to hit the market from late 2009.  The single-core Nano 3000 CPUs will be made using 65nm processes, and offer integer and floating-point enhancement over the existing Nano 1000/2000 series chips; meanwhile the dual-core Nano 3000 will have a native dual-core design, be built using 45nm or 40nm processes and offer twice the performance.

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VIA VIPRO VP7710 fanless touchscreen panel PC

VIA VIPRO VP7710 fanless touchscreen panel PC

VIA have announced the VIPRO VP7710, a fanless touchscreen panel PC intended for industrial and commercial applications but likely to prompt at least a little interest from domestic custom installers.  Based on either a 1.6GHz VIA Eden or 1.0GHz C7 processor with up to 1GB of DDR2 RAM, the primary means of input is using the 10.4-inch water and dust resistant touch panel.

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Intel Atom 330 dual-core benchmarks less impressive than expected

Intel Atom 330 dual-core benchmarks less impressive than expected

Intel's Atom 330 is most definitely intended for the nettop, not the netbook, market, we're told, and so hopes were high that the latest super-efficient chip would offer a pleasing boost of dual-core performance what with battery concerns no longer an issue.  PC Pro brought a Shuttle barebones - I'm guessing the X27D - based on the Atom 330 in from the cold and proceeded to benchmark it against not only the single-core Atom N270 but a 2GHz VIA C7-D system too.  The results were, to be blunt, mildly disappointing.

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