Saturday, October 3, 2009

When is a netbook no longer a netbook?

One of the latest netbooks to appear on the market is the Lenovo IdeaPad S12. This machine has a 12.1" screen, so is it no longer a netbook? At $500, it's priced really well compared to other 12" ultra-portable laptops out there. Lenovo calls the S12 a "roomy 12" netbook" so they're clearly marketing the S series as netbooks.

At some point, someone will have to come up with some clear definitions on what constitutes a netbook vs. a notebook, etc. Microsoft had come up with some definitions for the term UMPC (ultra-mobile PC) back when they launched the Origami promotion. These were the specs for an UMPC:
  • Windows Vista Home Premium OS
  • Approximately 7" diagonal display (or smaller)
  • Minimum 800 x 480 resolution
  • Approximately 2 pounds
  • Integrated touch panel
  • WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled
Well, as Windows 7 replaces Vista and XP, it should be interesting to see how mobile computers get defined and labeled.

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