LG prices up HSDPA-equipped mini laptop
IFA LG's not going be left out of the Small, Cheap Computer arena - it'll be releasing its own would-be Eee beater, the 3G-integrated X110, in October.
LG's X110: 3G built in
Built-in HSDPA costs, and the SCC is set to be priced at €399 ($589/£320), an LG spokesman said. That also buys you Windows XP SP3 and 160GB of hard drive storage.
The X110's other specs are classic SCC: 1.6GHz Intel Atom, 1GB of memory, SDHC card slot, VGA, Ethernet, a trio of USB ports and a 1.3-megapixel webcam.
We don't know if LG will offer the X110 through carriers, but it certainly has the connections, thanks to its phone business.
LG didn't say today what the X110's battery spec is, but it looked to us like an SCC-standard slim three-cell job - 2200mAh? - so don't expect fantastic untethered runtime.
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Smaller means more likely to be lost
This LG looks fantastic and the bit about Linux is wrong. Whatever you think XP plus 160Gb disk plus really lightweight etc means this will sell in spades. However the smaller it is the more likely it will be lost, left in a cab or pinched. It needs a data protection tool such as Backstopp to make sure all that 160Gb of data does not become somebody else's.
Criticism of the cost is daft because 3 (and all the others soon) are offering £450 against a data contract so to all intents and purposes it will be for nothing, in fact the retailer will make £100odd on the hardware alone so will market this with gusto. Phones 4 u are already doing it. No price complaint surely.
Remember, as Shaw Taylor said - keep it safe.
been there done that
I remember a number of years ago, the flybook came out (http://www.fliybook.biz) - it had the teeny monitor, good battery lifespan, and came by default with HSDPA/Wifi/Bluetooth/my grandmother (maysherestinpiece) - shame about the 600MHz celeron though, but runs linux like a charm, HSDPA and all. Why is there exactly 0 coverage of what has been an ultra-portable well before the atom? Speaking of which, why aren't flybook atomising their range is completely beyond me, but hey ho...
So yea, laptops with HSDPA have been around for a while now. :P
Paris, because she'd buy me one if I asked nicely enough...
I love my Eee 701, and I love my Huawei E220, but boy oh boy oh boy does that combination drain power. Battery lie is 3.5 hours standalone, 1.not-much hours on-line. The Eee's charger only just supplies enough power for the combination to use: the battery won't charge at all while connected.
So ... how are LG and other 3G incorporaters going to deal with this? Car battery on wheels?
Too expensive, and has XP rather than Linux. So get to the back of the queue behind all the other manufacturers that don't understand why the EEE 701 was successful.
Did anyone else
read that as: "...its own would-be Egg beater"?
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