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VIA Unveils New OpenBook laptop Design

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.