Next generation netbooks in 2012 powered by the new Intel Atom processor

For emerging markets such as ours, Intel is still banking on selling more netbooks for 2012. They recently announced their latest Intel Atom processor codenamed “Cedar Trail” which would bring netbooks to the next level.

For 2012, with the new Intel Atom processor, expect to see thinner, longer battery life, bigger display, Full HD viewing and some new features on your netbooks.


The dual-core Intel Atom processor N2600 and Intel Atom processor N2800 are paired with the Intel NM10 Express Chipset and feature a small form factor package size that saves system board real estate and enables thinner netbook designs.

The new Atom may have up to 10 hours battery life and weeks on standby. Intel increased the overall system performance while reducing power consumption by up to 20 percent.

The new design’s dedicated media engine enables full 1080p high-definition playback of videos and Blu-Ray content and includes additional digital display and output options including HDMI and DisplayPort. The integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator 3600/3650 combined with the integrated memory controller provides enhanced performance and system responsiveness, including an improvement in graphics performance up to 2X compared to the previous generation platform.

New features include the Intel Wireless Display and Wireless music which was only available in Intel Core processors. With these new features and wireless enabled devices, people can share videos or photos wirelessly from their netbooks to a television, or stream music through their home stereo speakers.

Also new in this platform is the Intel Smart Connect Technology which allows you to have an instant Internet connection as soon as you open your netbook, and have email, Twitter and RSS feeds automatically update even in sleep mode. There’s also the Intel Rapid Start Technology which enables fast resume from standby mode and helps conserve battery life.

Expect netbooks using the new Intel Atom processor to debut early this year from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, and Toshiba. I don’t think netbooks are already dead… not in the Philippines at least.

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  • JmBalicano

    I hope netbooks don’t go away and keep gaining a boost to the specs every now and then. Thank goodness they’re finally moving away from that typical 1.6ghz, 2mb RAM setup. Hopefully tablets like the Transformer and Transformer to really gain the same level of functionality. Ultrabooks are priced too high, and quite frankly I could build a system with the same specs of an ultrabook at a third to half the cost. Until tablets can really replicate the functionality of a PC, netbooks are here to stay in a market like ours.

    • JmBalicano

      *will really

      • JmBalicano

        *Transformer Prime

        Damn it.

  • Cat

    Netbooks, may lose steam to tablets and better lower end NB’s.

    If you’ve surfed with a tablet or a netphone/smartphone, you’ll realize that it is a much better experience if the screen is decently large.

    The only good thing babout NetB’s is the keyboard, but then again, for a bit more, I’d rather go for the oddball Intel B940 or Amd E350 11-12″ notebooks w/c are faster, lower power and better form factor.

    I’m afraid, NetB’s, have very little meaning for most users intended uses. There’s a better kid on the block.

    • thejorlanb

      Netbook trend would not die easily, esp in the PH market. you forgot the price and the OS, that is why most people will prefer Netbook compared to tablets.

      but i agree, better is AMD e350.

      • i think the cedar trail is intel’s answer to the e-350 ng AMD. nahuli sila this time around.

  • Paul

    Netbooks are alive and well in the Philippines, they just come with AMD Fusion instead. 🙂

    Doesn’t help that the Atom netbooks still come with 10-inch screen, Windows 7 Starter and only 1 or 2 GB of RAM, when the Fusion netbooks are 11 to 12-inch screen, has at least Windows 7 Basic (Acer even has Windows 7 Premium models) and 2 to 4 GB of RAM.

    • intel is going to fix that… expect to see 11-inch netbooks this year.

    • thejorlanb

      Yeah right. Id rather use my Pentium 4 pc than this netbooks.

      Aside from portability, price is the major reason why netbooks sells..

    • Griswold

      i agree here. naunahan ng amd si intel pagdating sa performance upgrade for netbooks. ba’t pa kasi puro 10-inch lang mga netbooks noon eh