Everex to launch 10.2-in. ultraportable in November

Everex Systems Inc. will launch a new minilaptop with a 10.2-in. screen in November, the company's Taiwan partner said.

The company will also launch new 8.9-in. minilaptops by the end of August, along with a model with WiMax wireless Internet capability in September.

Everex is an affiliate of First International Computer Inc. (FIC), the Taiwanese contract manufacturer of its minilaptops. FIC, for examples, makes Everex's CloudBook.

FIC officials said they're on track to ensure Everex starts shipping a new mininotebook with a 10.2-in. LCD screen and 3G (third-generation mobile telecommunications) wireless connection capabilities on board and an option for WiMax wireless. The idea for the devices is that since they're made for mobile Internet surfing, they should have the maximum capability to utilize all possible wireless connections.

Since it has a 3G option -- HSDPA and HSUPA (High Speed Downlink/Uplink Packet Access) -- the laptop can be bundled with a 3G contract from a service provider. Minilaptops with the WiMax option could be sold by companies building WiMax networks. The laptop comes with Wi-Fi connectivity already built in, 802.11b/g.

The new mininotebook can run either a Windows XP or Linux operating system and use either a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom microprocessor or a similar processor from Via Technologies Inc., according to FIC representatives. The device can hold up to 2GB of DRAM, comes with a 1.3-megapixel Web cam and either a 4-cell or 6-cell battery. In addition, it hosts two USB ports, an express card slot and 4-in-1 card reader.

The 10.2-in. WSVGA (Wide Super Video Graphics Array) LCD screens on the model use LED backlights for 1,024-by-600 resolution.

It weighs about 1.2 kilograms and is 263 millimeters long by 185mm by 32mm.

Pricing information was not available.

A few new mininotebooks with 8.9-in. screens will be available in Taiwan and Japan by the end of August and the U.S. in September from Everex, the FIC representatives said.

The CE2A1, with a 1.2-GHz Via C7-M microprocessor, 1GB of DRAM and a hard disk drive with 60GB of storage will be sold in Taiwan for around $14,000 (New Taiwan) ($461 U.S.). A similar model, the CW0A1, with a 1.6-GHz Intel Atom microprocessor and a Windows XP operating system, will cost around $15,000 (New Taiwan).

Both laptops can run either Microsoft Windows XP or a Linux operating system. Their LCD screens are similar to the 10.2-in. model, with 1,024-by-600 resolution. They come with either 4-cell or 6-cell lithium-ion batteries. The 6-cell batteries can run for seven to eight hours before needing a recharge.

Everex was one of the first companies to put out a minilaptop to compete with Asustek Computer Inc.'s Eee PC.

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