After the Asus Eee PC’s remarkable success, we have seen many others jumping on the mini-notebook bandwagon. The latest to take the plunge is Elitegroup Computer Systems, with their G101L “Netbook.” Compared to the EeePC or the rumored Intel Netbook, the G101L does have some better specs like a built-in tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA modem, which is not available on any of the EeePC models, and also the power-efficient Intel Atom processor. It is a bit more sizable compared to other products available in the same category, measuring in at 10.19 x 7.08 x 1.12-inches, but this is attributed to its bigger screen, which offers a choice of 8.2 or 10.2-inches.
As mentioned earlier, it runs on Intel’s new Atom (codename Diamondville) processor at a speed of 1.6GHz on Intel’s i945 chipset. Apart from this and the 3G support, the GL101L seems pretty standard with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a 4-in-1 card reader, and a 1.3-megapixel webcam with three USB 2.0 ports and one ethernet port. Customers get the option to choose between HDD or SSD for storage and either a 4-cell or 6-cell battery.
The GL101L is scheduled for an April release with a tentative price tag of $800, which is a huge difference compared to the EeePC, but given the fact that this is one of the few mini-notebooks known to have 3G capability, we would not anticipate it to be priced any lesser than this.