Whatever you may have heard about netbooks, I mean mini-laptops, whatever Acer or Asus might have told you more than half a year back, I’m glad to inform you 10-inch notebooks are still very much alive and kicking. The only difference being they’re not marketed as netbooks any longer.
The Asus VivoBook X102BA has been uncovered by a Swedish website and appears to be following on the footsteps of the 1015E. Technically, the new 10-incher is not yet official, but Sweclockers can’t have made up the thing, so it’ll very likely be formally unveiled in the next weeks or so and made available by mid-September.
Set to cost the equivalent of 500 US bucks in the cold Scandinavia, the X102BA will probably go on sale for $300 tops when and if it lands on American shores. And that sounds like a pretty decent deal, even if the netbook, darn, I did it again, I meant mini-laptop doesn’t exactly come with the specs of a lifetime.
The display is modest, boasting a 1,366 x 768 pixels resolution, while the standard configuration will pack just 2 gigs of RAM and a claustrophobic 320 GB HDD. Then again, a dual-core AMD A4-1200 (aka Temash) will be ticking beneath the hood, making sure you’ll enjoy fairly long battery life, plus you’ll be getting an above-par (considering the price range) Radeon 8180 graphics card. Windows 8 too, of course, and the possibility to upgrade to 4 GB RAM and 500 GB of storage. Decent indeed, eh?