HP, Dell going cold on 10-inch netbooks

HP, Dell going cold on 10-inch netbooks.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2010/04/n6LPA8.jpg[/newsimage]Two of the industry's biggest PC makers, HP and Dell, are reportedly cutting back on investments in 10-inch netbooks.

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There is not so much as stagnation as there is less innovation given the required price point(s). One day we’ll probably see a touchscreen netbook that doubles as a tablet book as well a screen that swivels around (with an ultra-thin profile). For this to be truly innovative, they need to make an “instant-on” function and flash memory/hard drive hybrid to support multimedia features which will make the combo product creep into laptop price range. Compared to a ipad pricepoint, PC makers have alot to work with… getting combo netbook/tablets into production should demand be there.

“Pine Trail, which includes the Atom N450 processors, gave the latest netbooks better battery life while improving performance by combining GPU and CPU on a single chip. But it seems the extra power didn’t provide the sales boost manufacturers were hoping for.”

I bought one - a Gateway. Works good. Probably give it to my mom when the next big thing comes out.