Netbooks are coming back in style. That is if you believe the likes of Chuwi, GPD, and One Netbook. These Chinese brands have been pushing small, large pocket-sized palmtop computers for quite a while now and they’re taking the next big step in that direction. Literally, too. They have announced their 8-inch racehorses in an attempt to offer a more comfortable typing experience that you can still put in your extremely large pocket or petite bag.
The smallest of the new entries is the Chuwi MiniBook, with a screen that is exactly 8 inches that can fold backward like a Lenovo Yoga laptop. It runs on an Intel Core m3-8100Y, a common processor for this batch of mini laptops, with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of eMMC storage.
One Netbook has opened up pre-orders for the One Mix 3, the third generation of its Yoga-like convertibles. It, too, runs on a Core m3-8100Y with 8 GB of RAM. The difference, however, is the larger 8.4-inch screen, 256 GB of SSD storage, and a stylus that’s said to be compatible with Microsoft’s N-Trig Surface Pen.
All those specs, however, do come at a price. The One Mix 3 currently retails for $759.99 during the pre-sale period. Its actual price is $1,351.53, which might sound absurd. Chuwi’s MiniBook doesn’t have a price tag yet but the lower specs could help keep it down.
If, however, you prefer a larger size, more conventional design, and cheaper price, you might have to wait for the GPD Pocket 2 Max. The 8.8-inch laptop doesn’t convert into a tablet and will sell for only $529. The image above suggests it will have support for an active stylus, which would be a first for the company.