DigiTimes is reporting on information their sources passed along that LG Electronics maybe getting into the netbook game, with target markets that include both Europe and North America.
The netbooks are probably going to be manufactured by Micro-Star International (MSI) (who also make most of LG’s notebooks). MSI manufacturers the aforementioned 10-inch Wind U100, and so they would definitely have the experience in manufacturing a notebook, especially if the notebook is based on Intel’s Atom CPU (and they don’t have plans for an 8.9-inch Wind for North America, more on that in a second).
With that said, LG will not be focusing on the low-end of the market (such as Asus is doing with the Eee PC 900), and would instead focus on design and quality of materials. This reflects their philosophy governing the design of their ultraportable notebooks as well (which are not low-end either).
– Intel Atom platform
– 8.9-inch LCD display
– 2GB of RAM
– 120GB Hard Drive
– Windows XP (no word on Linux)
– Price: Around NT$19,000-24,000 (US$625.5-790.11).
They are looking at October of this year for the launch date.
The interesting thing to me is that MSI is not selling an 8.9-inch version of the Wind U100 in North America, even though the demand is clearly present. It could be that this is the reason why, that they had been planning on manufacturing an 8.9″ netbook for LG.