Report: Dual-core Atom netbooks may have larger displays


— 11:06 AM on May 19, 2010

Yesterday, we reported on a rumor that Intel will suggest pricing of $349-399 for netbooks based on an upcoming dual-core Atom. Today, DigiTimes reports that those same netbooks may also have larger displays than today's offerings with single-core CPUs.

Quoting "sources from notebook players," DigiTimes explains that Intel will lift restrictions on panel sizes, so netbooks featuring the dual-core Atom N550 will get to sport 11.6" and 12.1" displays. The site adds that current Atoms "carry restrictions" that allow for panels only up to 10.2"—the de facto standard for $300 netbooks.

Echoing yesterday's story, this report says Atom N550-powered machines will come with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and either 32GB of solid-state storage or a 250GB mechanical hard drive. The Atom N550 is reported to clock its two cores at 1.5GHz and to have an 8.5W thermal envelope. That'd be up from a 5.5W TDP for the single-core, 1.6GHz Atom N450.

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