Toshiba bolsters its netbook range

Successor to the NB100 is to hit channel within weeks
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Following the success of its first netbook, Toshiba has announced a new addition to its range.

Featuring a 10.1-inch widescreen display, near full-sized keyboard and an extra large keypad, the device has been designed to be easy to use. However, the form factor has not had an impact on the device's usability, with the NB200 boasting a battery life of nine hours – much longer than some regular laptops on the market.

The device is designed around Windows XP and is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 processor or, in the higher SKU, Intel's new N280 Atom processors, which offer a clock speed of 1.66GHz. Both models feature Intel's 945GSE graphics chipset, giving more than enough power for the most popular functions of web browsing, emailing and using media.

In terms of storage, the NB200 comes with a 160GB hard drive. Toshiba has also introduced a 3D accelerometer – a feature normally found in full laptops – to prevent damage to the hard drive's ceramic plates if dropped.

The NB200 has integrated mobile broadband and embedded wireless LAN, giving resellers the option to bundle the device with their network operator partner's service without the need for a separate dongle.

The device will be available in a choice of four colours.

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