Via shows 11.6-inch, Nano-powered netbook

— 4:49 PM on January 5, 2009

Although Via's Nano has been strikingly absent from netbooks so far, the processor should make its way into a sleek 11.6" laptop next month. The folks at Engadget got a sneak preview of the machine from a Via executive, and they say it's "surprisingly stylish and lightweight."

Rather than coming from a major PC vendor, the machine will be offered by Dr. Mobile—a Taiwanese firm that also produces Mini-ITX motherboards and other, lesser-known netbooks. The upcoming FreeStyle 1300n will feature an 11.6" 1366x768 display, a 1.3GHz Via Nano CPU, up to 4GB of RAM, support for 2.5" storage devices, 802.11g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional cell phone or WiMAX connectivity.

Dr. Mobile's spec sheet quotes a sub 2.87-pound weight and a thickness of 0.98", which sounds pretty competitive—especially since Engadget claims the system will cost only $500. No word yet on battery life, although the 1.3GHz Nano does have a larger thermal envelope than Intel's 1.6GHz Atom N270. Check out Engadget's photo gallery for more images.

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