A blog post about Japan’s Prime Note Cartina UM netbook could be written by a machine.
It fits the standard form of the late 2008 netbook with unerring accuracy: a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU is wedded to a gig of RAM and a 9″ display with 1024×600 pixels. It comes with a 120GB hard drive or a much smaller SSD, and runs Linux or Windows XP. With a webcam, WiFi and a $400-ish price tag, it’s about 10 inches long by 7 deep, and just over an inch thick. The Prime Note weighs 2.4 pounds.
There’s one big difference here, though: it’s available only in Japan, in limited quantities. Hardly a problem, for once!
The differences between these devices are increasingly found in areas that the manufacturers themselves seem blind to: keyboard layout, the availability of compatible long-life batteries, and the quality of flash used in solid-state drives. A chipset’s compatibility with OSX is another important consideration, if not one that could be marketed.