MacBook Air-style netbook available in Singapore next week


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.

[CNET Asia via Wired]