Today, netbooks and consumer ultraportables usually sit in separate price ranges—$500 or less for netbooks, $700 or more for their ultraportable cousins. With its upcoming LT3103u, however, Gateway has managed to blur the line between those two, combining ultraportable internals, a form factor half-way between netbook and full-sized laptop, and a $400 price tag.
Gateway outfits the LT3103u with an 11.6" 1366x768 display, a single-core Athlon 64 L110 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, Radeon X1270 integrated graphics, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11g Wi-Fi, and a six-cell lithium ion battery.
The system runs Windows Vista Home Basic, which also lies between the netbook-friendly Windows XP and the more full-featured Vista Home Premium in terms of look and functionality.
Physically speaking, the LT3103u also looks to be thinner and lighter than many netbooks: it weighs in at 3.04 lbs, and Gateway quotes a thickness of only 1.03". You also get little perks like a "Multi-Gesture Touchpad" (something MSI neglected to include in its $799 X-Slim X340) and Dolby Headphone capabilities.
The LT3103u will be "available soon" with those specs for $399.99, although Gateway doesn't mention a specific release date.