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Mobile computing boundaries challenged by netbook emergence

Joe O'Halloran

The increasing convergence of telecoms and IT is creating a new generation of highly portable mobile computing devices, so called netbooks, which have all of the IT functionality of traditional laptops coupled with the telecoms capabilities of smartphones.

Such devices offer IT buyers both a headache and an opportunity for IT purchasers as they are ostensibly very portable laptops but typically marketed like smartphones. Further evidence of this trend has come with the launch of the Netbook X110 LG Electronics who is claiming that its new device is at the cutting edge of mobile connectivity and will challenge the existing boundaries of flexibility.

Said to offer the ‘full’ PC experience on the move and available initially with 3G telecoms network connectivity, the 1.19 Kg Netbook X110 is LG’s attempt to hit the same work style marketing space as  the BlackBerry and iPhone with its new device, making it available in pink and silver and small enough to fit into a handbag or rucksack.

In terms of technical specifications, the LG Netbook is HSUPA and GPS enabled and based on a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor equipped with WLAN 802.11 b/g and 10/100 Ethernet for wired and wireless network connectivity; 1 GB of RAM and 80GB of on-board memory; a WSVGA (1024x600) 10-inch widescreen; and, as a direct challenge to the smartphone-based competition, a full-size keyboard to make typing easier and more accurate.

 

 

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