Via Technologies Inc. introduced the new VIA OpenBook mini-note reference design on May 27th, clearly aiming at the Asus EEE laptop which has single handedly created a brand new market.
This OpenBook primarily targets the rapidly growing global market for ultra-portable notebooks and introduces several innovations, which include the new all-in-one VIA VX800 digital media IGP chipset and the next generation of VIA Ultra Mobile Platform that is based on the VIA C7-M ULV processor.
This new product is christened OpenBook because of its customizable design that supports the download of the CAD files of the external shell; a feature that lets manufacturers get creative with it.
However, the keyboard looks cramped as compared to that of an HP 2133 Mini-note, and the resolution is also lower, 1024 × 600, than that of the 2133 (1280 × 768).
On the plus side, it is very light, just a little over two pounds, and its 4-Cell, 2600mA battery supports three hours of work time.
Though the company has not signed an agreement with a US manufacturer as yet, it has several international makers onboard, and the OpenBook should be out in the market this July or August.