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Carphone Warehouse Joins Micro Laptop Revolution And Gives Them Free

Telecommunication bulldozer Carphone Warehouse will give out ultra small laptops to its customers who buy mobile phones on a monthly contract; the laptops will be exclusively provided by education specialist Elonex.

Earlier this year, the firm released the Elonex one which proved to be a less than stellar attempt to beat the original EEE PC laptop at its own game; it is now back with the WebBook which looks more promising.

PC Advisor and Cnet both published specifications of the laptop which has yet to appear on Carphone Warehouse or Elonex's website.

The (only) picture of the laptop appear to be a mock up rather than an image of the real thing; it shows a sleek enclosure - which looks terribly like a Dell's - with a 10.2-inch LCD monitor which should be capable of displaying 1024x600 pixels, a rather well laid keyboard and a touchpad with buttons neatly placed below the touch surface - rather than on the sides as for some like the MSI Wind.

The 1.3Kg laptop will also come with a 1.6GHz processor - our bet is on a VIA CPU - 512MB memory, twin card readers (a welcomed addition if that is confirmed), three USB ports, WiFi and a choice of either Windows or Linux, solid state or hard disk drive as well.

Carphone Warehouse is already dishing out free full-sized laptops with unlimited download allowances or with their mobile phone contracts and the Elonex WebBook is a welcomed addition.

It has also already announced that it will propose other versions of the laptop in the forthcoming months and it has yet to announce whether the device will be available alone.

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.