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Old 02-09-2009, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Humboldt, Tennessee
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I don't own a netbook, but I design motherboards for a living, and we've been tearing apart lots of netbooks at work recently to um, check out the competition.

I would like to see Bluetooth, and maybe even a Wi-Max receiver as a standard feature. And yes, screen resolution is a bit lacking. The recently-introduced Dell Mini 10 netbook has a screen that can display 1280x720p HD video natively.

Dell Inspiron Mini 10 Netbook Launched
Instead of WiMAX, I would like to see LTE.
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Old 02-09-2009, 07:48 PM
 
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It can't be the cost. The HP 2133 netbook has a 1280x768 screen, 1MB of memory and 120GB hard drive and sells for $349. Unfortunately, it uses an underpowered VIA-C7M CPU instead of the normal Intel Atom CPU.
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There's the cost savings.
Unlikely. The published Intel 2008 price for the Atom N270 CPU is $44 and the Atom N230 is $29.

For large buys from netbook manufacturers, the price is undoubtedly much lower.

The price difference between the Intel CPU and the Via CPU is probably less than $20.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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Instead of WiMAX, I would like to see LTE.
Just curious --why would you prefer LTE? I don't know much about LTE, but a few minutes of research shows that it is similar to WiMAX, the main difference being that it is a closed standard, with faster trasmit speeds, at least until the 802.16m standard is released later this year. Looks like LTE is about 3 years beind WiMax in the development pipeline.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Humboldt, Tennessee
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Just curious --why would you prefer LTE? I don't know much about LTE, but a few minutes of research shows that it is similar to WiMAX, the main difference being that it is a closed standard, with faster trasmit speeds, at least until the 802.16m standard is released later this year. Looks like LTE is about 3 years beind WiMax in the development pipeline.
Actually you should just read at least the first couple of paragraphs of this excellent article: WiMax vs. Long Term Evolution: Let the battle begin

It has little less to do with tech differences than infrastructure differences. With LTE being the upgrade path from GSM, it is going to be a helluva lot easier and cheaper to get LTE on a quick path of adoption. It's like HD-DVD vs Blu Ray. However I personally think LTE will win by a larger margin. Verizon (interestingly enough) and AT&T will be developing LTE while Sprint is pretty much the only major wireless provider behind WiMAX. So this is why I am hedging bets with LTE.
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