Asustek Computer has added the N10 at the top end of its range of netbooks.
The mini-laptop is aimed people willing to pay more and could replace a regular laptop for some people.
Designed around Intel’s Atom microprocessor, the Asus N10 sports a 10.2-inch screen and comes with any of several Microsoft OSs, including Windows XP, Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business and Vista Ultimate.
It also includes several expensive extras including a 1.3-megapixel on-board camera, high-end graphics via a GeForce 9300M graphics card by Nvidia and an external super-multi optical drive for recording and playing DVDs and CDs. Most netbooks come with low-end Web cams, standard graphics and no optical drives.
Asustek added its embedded Express Gate OS to the N10 so people can boot up to a screen with some of their favorite applications in just 8 seconds.
For increased login security, the device comes with facial recognition capabilities.
Asustek representatives said the N10 will be launched in the U.S., Europe and Asia later in October, but they declined to say how much the netbook will cost.
The N10 can hold up to 2G bytes of DRAM, will come with a choice of hard disk drives, 160G bytes, 250G bytes or 320G bytes, and a 3-cell or 6-cell battery.
The device will be able to connect wirelessly to other gadgets via Bluetooth 2.0 and to the Internet through Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Netbooks are among the hottest new products this year because they offer people a mobile, easy way to wirelessly access the Web.