Take the MacBook Air, shrink the screen down an inch, slap in some netbook components, and load it up with Windows 7 Release Candidate and — drumroll, please — you’ve got the iiView A2 out of Singapore. Oh, and lower the price to $468. That’s kind of important there.
Will we ever see this machine in the US? Maybe. Probably not. But it’s got a nice look reminiscent of the MacBook Air, which is basically a really expensive netbook (I’m gonna get flamed for that one).
According to CNET, “the design is so similar that even the monitor-out and USB port are hidden within a flip on the side.” Other features include:
- Atom 1.6GHz processor
- 2GB RAM
- Intel 945 chipset
- 12.1-inch 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution
- 320GB HDD
- Two USB ports, mini-HDMI port, 2-in-1 headphone/mic jack
- 802.11b/g, 10/100 Ethernet
- Six-cell battery
- Windows 7 RC1 with Vista Home Premium license
iiView’s CEO says that the netbook will come with Windows 7 RC1 preinstalled for performance reasons. The Vista license will allow users to upgrade to the retail version of Windows 7 when it comes out this fall, though.
The iiView A2 is expected to go on sale in Singapore next week for $699 (Singapore dollars), which is roughly $467.78 in US dollars.