Since the introduction of the 10 inch netbooks, specs have pretty much stayed the same. The Intel Atom CPU barely changed from the N270 to the N280. 2GB of memory is still the maximum. The 10 inch screen resolution is still 1024×600. The Intel 945 chipset is still used to power the graphics.
Intel has is the one that requires netbooks running the Atom CPU to limit the screen resolution to only 600 pixels in length. Come on, it’s about time we get something more usable.
Since I’m on Intel’s case, what happened to all the dual core Atom CPUs? I mean, the Atom N270/N280 is great, but more power in a netbook is always appreciated.
Actually, I think the addition of a stand alone GPU, like the Nvidia ION, will solve some of the computing power need. Since the single core Atom has to do some work in the graphics department, you’re left with enough CPU cycles to perform your basic tasks.
And finally, why are we still stuck with 2GB max. memory?
I guess a plausible answer could be that if a netbook actually gets some or all of the above requests, we might all buy a $400 netbook instead of a $1,000 laptop. A netbook with a little more oomph would certainly be welcomed. Instead, netbook manufacturers like Asus, went and created the Seashell. Focus on better specs, instead of the form factor. A netbook is small enough already.