BenQ unveils AMD-based 13.3-inch 'netbook'

Exclusive to HP's dv2 notebooks since April, the AMD Yukon platform is spreading to new venues at last. BenQ has announced a new "ultra-portable netbook" that features a low-power AMD processor and Mobility Radeon graphics.

The Joybook Lite T131 also comes with a 13.3" 1280x800 display, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 250-320GB of mechanical storage, a six-cell battery rated for six hours of longevity, and a choice of Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, and Linux operating systems.

Rather than go with the 1.6GHz Athlon Neo found in HP's Pavilion dv2, BenQ has chosen the Sempron U200, which runs at 1GHz with 256KB of L2 cache and an 8W power envelope. That CPU shares the ride with an M690E chipset, which includes Mobility Radeon X1270 graphics, and an SB600 south bridge.

BenQ calls the Joybook Lite T131 "petite," but this machine isn't quite in the same league as more conventional netbook: it weighs a relatively hefty 3.97 lbs (1.8 kg) and measures 12.6" x 9.45" x 1.1" (320 x 240 x 28 mm). The Sempron CPU sounds a tad anemic compared to what's becoming common in the nascent consumer ultraportable category, too.

According to BenQ's press release, the Joybook Lite T131 will debut in China this month. The company has said nothing of a U.S. release just yet.

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