11.6-inch netbooks arriving in the near future?

By Justin Mann on
After getting confirmation that Asus, Acer and other manufacturers would be abandoning 8.9-inch netbooks, it was assumed that most of them would be focusing on the 10-inch units already available. Could they be looking for something even larger, though? There has been an increase in demand lately for 11.6-inch LCD displays, which is significantly larger than what most netbooks currently on the market have.

Diverging even more from the “small” category, 11.6-inch units would truly rival regular laptops in terms of screen real estate, with resolutions of 1366x768. As I have mentioned before, it seems clear that the line between netbook and notebook is getting blurrier with each successive generation. Netbooks are now sporting large hard drives, wider displays, standard desktop operating systems and a decent amount of CPU/GPU horsepower. Most importantly of all, it's mentioned that the netbook vendors will have “clear boundaries” in price and functionality between 10 and 11.6-inch models, which means that larger units could now truly be into the $400 and higher range of prices.

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