Coby’s 7-inch, $85 smartbook!

The release of netbooks have driven down the prices on laptops quite a bit, and now, it’s apparent that a new breed of even smaller machines are being born. Seems like the era of the SmartBooks is on it’s way.

Bargain electronics manufacturer Coby has been a showing new portable this week at the CeBIT expo that will cost, according to Engadget, just $85. Yes, you read that right! only $85! (About 65EUR!)

For starters, the screen is just 7 inches, which places it squarely between most 10-inch netbooks and smaller MIDs. It is powered by an Intel Atom processor(624MHz), and 2GB of flash-based storage (Which is expandable by SD Cards). You also have to live with Windows CE rather than Windows XP or Windows 7 as your OS. But most importantly, it has built-in 802.11b/g (but not 802.11n) Wi-Fi for checking email and viewing Web pages.

This is a great device for those who just want to take this around for casual email, browsing and small tasks.

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