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Netbook sales have pretty much fallen off a cliff compared to this time last year, and Intel appears to be gearing up to drive another nail in the coffin. New Sub-$400 notebooks have begun appearing on Best Buy’s website, and they are actually pretty compelling. These cheap and cheerful little machines are rocking new stripped down Sandy Bridge parts that put last generation Atom chips to shame.
And not too long ago laptops where $4000 luxury items.
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Don't want a 14" laptop!

I want a netbook running some derivation of SB... My Eee 1000H is getting a bit dated...
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But there is good reason for Netbooks to have fallen downs in sales: the current Dual Core Atoms are too hot and the single cores don't provide enough power for 720p video, while also lacking an HDMI port.

More, Intel is about to release, in around two months, the new Atoms, built on 32nm process and a new GPU which can do 1080p, with HDMI out.

AMD has only in the recent months started selling the C-30 and C-50, but they are not even available in all markets. Since they are at 40nm, I bet this is just some sort of trial for AMD before they also transition to 32nm or 28nm, as the current 9w TDP is also too high.

I don't think the Netbook will die because the form factor is actually very useful, and the great battery life is something you just can't get with a normal notebook.

With the newer Netbooks you will see battery life of 14 hours with a 6 cell battery, and around 7 hours with a 3 cell battery, which will provide us with even more stylish and lighter netbooks than what we have now.
 
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Ive got a 13" i3 sb laptop...quad core and fast...
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