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.
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