Santa Ana’s Averatec is jumping into the category of smaller, cheaper computers with its own netbook.
Averatec, the brand name of Korean manufacturer TriGem Computer Inc., already has laptops with 12-inch screens (and recently launched a nifty-looking iMac-ish all in one computer). But the new netbook-sized computers will be around 10.2-inches, which puts them on the larger end of netbooks.
Darren Lee, Averatec’s director of marketing, filled me in on the details. This new PC will also be an Intel Atom-based netbook but Averatec is going after folks who just want a smaller laptop — not a larger PDA.
The larger screen plus a near-fullsize keyboard with a real ‘Shift’ key will also have a larger hard drive of around 120 GB, Lee said. It’ll still be sub-3 pounds and cost around $399 or $499. Expect the new netbook by Christmas.
“Here’s our take on it: Everyone’s getting in. It’s a trend happening right now. We have the resources to get in so we will,” Lee said. “Since we have a relationship with (retailers), we can get it into stores.”
Most companies sell their netbooks online only.
If you’re wanting to read up on netbooks, check out my past posts on the topic: