Looking mighty familiar, but with a heritage that escapes our memory right now, Malata’s latest netbook is one of the increasingly popular convertible touchscreen models. The Malata R108T packs a rotating 10-inch 1024 x 600 touchscreen – which we’re presuming is resistive – together with the usual dreary roster of 1.6GHz Atom N270 processor, 1GB of memory and 160GB hard-drive, but makes up for that by apparently being priced at around $435.
That neatly undercuts the ASUS Eee PC T91, which Amazon currently have listed for $473, despite having a bigger display (the T91 uses an 8.9-inch panel). You also get WiFi b/g/n, a 1.3-megapixel webcam, two USB 2.0 ports, VGA, audio in/out, a memory card reader and a 3,400mAh battery. OS is Windows 7, and the casing is available in Ferrari Red, Piano Black, Coffee, Gold and Champagne.
Slightly bizarre is that the R108T apparently lacks support for portrait-orientation use, or at least it certainly doesn’t automatically rotate. That should be neatly addressed with one of any number of screen rotation apps should the touchscreen netbook ever make it over to the US and Europe. Fingers crossed that, if it does, it brings that bargain price tag with it too.