8/6/2008 11:16:00 AM
New Intel ‘Atom’ processor fuels rise of mini laptops
A surge in ‘mini laptops’ priced at around £250 will hit the market in the coming months, fuelled by operator demand to sell dongles and laptops with embedded Sims.
A new processor technology from Intel and a new cooling system has allowed manufacturers to make small laptops at a low cost.
Intel’s ‘Atom’ processor has been credited as the catalyst behind the manufacturer’s ability to make small laptops.
A new cooling gel has also been introduced to replace bulky fans used to cool down laptops and PCs.
Major manufacturers, such as LG and Samsung, are expected to unveil their own mini laptops in the coming weeks to join the unknown, largely Chinese, brands currently producing mini laptops.
Carphone Warehouse made a 60,000 unit order for its first own-brand mini laptop, the WebBook (pictured), last month.