Sylvania Reveals Mini-Notebook Plans
Over the past few days, we've heard a bit about Sylvania's entrance into the mini-notebook market. The company first rebranded VIA's nanobook (a.k.a. the CloudBook) and renamed it the Sylvania g Netbook. But Sylvania is entrenching itself more seriously in the mini-notebook space by putting out an 8.9-inch mini-notebook in the next few weeks and then a 10-inch. But before we got the low down on the new Sylvania mini-notebooks we just had to find out what the heck Sylvania, the lighting and electric company, was doing in the computing space. I mean, we cannot forget that Sylvania was founded in 1901 to repair light bulbs and soon after began making lighting products. When we reached out to Sylvania we learned quickly that they aren't exactly behind the netbooks. A company cleverly named Digital Gadgets is an OEM of consumer electronic products and accessories and has licensed the Sylvania brand for its netbooks. "Sylvania is a living brand. We aren't just a heritage brand. We continue to be a dynamic living brand and these new netbooks allow us to connect with new generation of consumers," Sylvania's Chief Corporate Spokesman Stephanie J. Anderson told us. Digital Gadget Managing Partner Paul Goldenberg, however had a lot to share about the new Sylvania netbooks. He told us that the netbooks will:
- Come in two display-size variations: an 8.9-inch and a 10-inch. The 8.9-inch will be called the g netbook MESO and the 10-inch will be named the g netbook MAGNI.
- The 8.9-inch will be available in early August. It will be available with 512MB or 1GB of RAM, and the Atom processor. It will be the first notebook to ship with Ubuntu Netbook Remix preloaded. It will also be available with Windows XP. Pricing will start at $399.
- The 10-inch will be available at the end of August or beginning of September. It will run Intel Atom chipset, be available with 1GB of RAM and 120GB hard drive. Similarly it will run the Ubuntu Netbook remix and Windows XP.