Malata ‘Canoe Lake’ netbooks hands on

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1 Jun, 2011 8:34 pm

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Canoe Lake was the thinnest and lightest, most impressive netbook that ever was, or reference design rather, but nothing ever came of it because the prev-gen Pine trail platform couldn’t offer enough battery life. Fast foward a full year and it’s back at Computex 2011 with Malata adopting the design for a couple of netbooks. One standard netbook, another a tablet convertible netbook.

The standard netbooks sports either an Atom N2600 or N2800 processor, 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 display, 5 hour battery life (integrated), 16GB or 32GB SSD, 1GB / 2GB DDR3 RAM, b/g/n WiFi, Windows 7, VGA, 2x USB 2.0, Bluetooth, 2-in-1 card reader and audio jacks. A cool 15 – 18mm thin, weight not disclosed.

Similar deal with the netvertible although it has an 11.6-inch screen, 3x USB 2.0, 160GB – 500GB HDD, VGA / HDMI, 3G, Bluetooh, b/g/n WiFi, 1.3MP webcam, 3000mAh battery and Windows 7. It’s heavier at 1.2kg and is 24.5mm thick. Nice progress though as 10-inch netvertibles are typically 1.5kg.

Price point for the standard netbook is at the high end, $399. Both should be out in September, although we’re not sure where we’ll see these.

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