VIA introduced its new NetNote systems Wednesday, netbooks meant to provide the power of a notebook at a lower price. The 10.2- to 12.1-inch NetNote netbooks are based on the SurfBoard platform.
The machines have a VIA VX855 media system within, including a choice of VIA C7-M ULV or VIA Nano CPUs. Hardware acceleration is supported for H.264, MPEG-2/4, VC-1 and WMV9.
The SurfBoard netbooks will also support an optional HDMI port, in case you want to connect to an external screen. However, their screens will support 1080p HD video, so you may not feel the need.
Other features include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, VIA Vinyl 8-channel HD audio, and optional 3G.
VIA is first making the netbooks available to members of the VIA Global Mobility Bazaar (GMB) Program in China, but consumer markets will see the NetNote netbooks later this month.