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ECS G10IL  (Source: Pocket-lint)

  (Source: Pocket-lint)
ECS shows off 11" notebook with HSDPA

ASUS made headlines around the globe earlier this week with the 8.9" Eee PC 900 at CeBIT. The second generation Eee PC improves upon its predecessor with a higher resolution screen, larger trackpad, more storage/memory and hopefully a faster/more power efficient processor.

ASUS-rival ECS is tired of letting the Eee PC hog the spotlight in the sub-$500 price range and today showed off its 11" G10IL sub-notebook. Hard specifications for the device (processor, chipsets, memory, storage capacity/type, etc.) were not revealed, but we do know that the G10IL will come with three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, VGA connection, 56k modem and built-in HSDPA 7.2.

Although it wasn't mentioned, 802.11a/g support is a given and Bluetooth connectivity is likely for the production model. As with the Eee PC 401/Eee PC 900, no optical drive is included with the ECS G10IL.

It should be interesting to see what processor platform ECS chooses to power the G10IL. The notebook appears to be pretty feature-packed for the sub-$500 price point, so one would likely point towards a VIA-based platform for cost reasons.

However, Intel's new Atom processor and Centrino Atom platform could give VIA a run for the money in pricing and power efficiency. Regardless of which processing platform ECS chooses, we'll keep you informed with the latest details.

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By ajfink on 3/6/2008 1:07:48 PM , Rating: 2
Depending on the hard features, this is something I'd be extremely interested in. What I really want:

-A dual-core processor. Please. Just for the sake of smooth operation. I don't care who the manufacturer is.
-Easily user-upgradable memory.
-Practical storage options.
-Easily changeable battery.
-A decent keyboard. I'm okay with it being cramped for the form factor as long as it's otherwise worthwhile.

RE: Interesting
By AlphaVirus on 3/6/2008 4:39:52 PM , Rating: 2
A dual-core processor. Please. Just for the sake of smooth operation. I don't care who the manufacturer is.

Just for the sake of debate, why not have a top-of-the-line single core cpu? Just because its dual does not mean it will be better than a single core.

But you are right, depending on the hard features I might buy one for the wife. She really wants a new laptop and if this is a killer for under $500 then its a steal.

RE: Interesting
By Etsp on 3/10/2008 12:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
He meant smooth operation when multi-tasking.

RE: Interesting
By jtesoro on 3/7/2008 2:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
The keyboard looks different from normal notebook keys. They don't look too comfortable to type with, but I hope they work better than they appear.

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