Report: Atom 280 Netbooks Arrive in Q2/Q3

Reports emerge that we could see netbooks incorporating Intel’s Atom N280 processor around the second or third quarter, something netbook fans will no doubt be happy to hear.

Several netbook manufacturers are planning to release 10 inch ultra mobile notbooks based around the new single core Atom including Asus, Acer and Gigabyte. The news comes after a busy netbook weekend at CES, where the industry saw a few netbooks launch with slightly more interesting specs than the norm.

The first was Dell’s Mini 10, a netbook the company is slotting in between it’s Mini 9 and 12 models. The 10 comes with a 720p display and an integrated TV tuner. The other was Sony’s not-a-netbook netbook, the P Series Lifestyle PC, which comes with a 1.6 GHz processor and an 8-inch 1600 x 768 ultra wide display. While it’s not likely to be in the same price range, pretty much everyone has it pegged as a netbook. There was also the MSI Hybrid, which uses both an SSD and a HDD for storage.

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  • Anonymous
    Sony P580 has a 1.3 GHZ Atom processor. I wonder if that is the same N280 processor.
  • sammo505
    I wonder if the graphics chip will be better than the 950. I wanna play some CS at work.
  • Anonymous
    This doesn't make sense. If you're a netbook fan, then you've probably already bought your netbook. You're not going to buy another, you already have one.