Are netbooks making a comeback? Sure seems like it, based on Gigabyte's latest launch. The Q21 is an 11.6" laptop with a Bay Trail-based Celeron processor and Windows 8.1 with Bing, an edition of Windows targeted specifically at low-cost devices.
I'm still waiting on Gigabyte for pricing information, but based on the specs, the Q21 is probably down there in Chromebook territory. It's got an 11.6" 1366x768 display, and the base config comprises a Celeron N2807 processor, 2GB of RAM, 500GB of mechanical storage, and a 24Wh battery. Connectivity isn't as spartan, with USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 on offer.
Apparently, Gigabyte will also sell higher-priced versions of the Q21 with the non-Bingified version of Windows and a "dual-storage system" made up of an mSATA SSD and a mechanical hard drive. Memory capacities up to 8GB are listed in the spec sheet, too, as is the slightly speedier Celeron N2930 chip.
But yeah, I expect the Q21's main selling point will be the price tag on the base model. I'll update this post as soon as I hear back from Gigabyte.
|MSI lets loose a trio of Optane motherboard bundles||5|
|Biostar shows up fashionably late to the Radeon 500-series party||3|
|GeForce 381.89 drivers power up their armor for Dawn of War III||5|
|National DNA Day Shortbread||22|
|Asus Vivo PC X is slim and ready for a VR headset||3|
|Nvidia teams with Oculus for a VR game bundle||2|
|SK Hynix fires up its foundries for 16 Gb/s GDDR6||29|
|Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum gaming keyboard reviewed||4|
|EK shows its first waterblock for an AMD Ryzen mobo||10|