AT&T is planning to expand its portfolio of embedded 3G mini laptops and make them available in its U.S. stores. New products will come from Acer, Dell, and Lenovo and will go for sales this summer. Will target students and businesses.
“Sleek, mobile and fast is all the rage and we’re going to answer that call with a lineup of the hottest mini laptops in the market,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “Pairing these laptops with AT&T’s home broadband, Wi-Fi, and 3G network enables consumers and small business customers to get the most from their new devices – at home, in the office, and on the go.”
AT&T quotes research firm IDC: “Worldwide and U.S. PC Client Sub Form Factor 2009-2013 Forecast” published in April 2009, estimates that by year end 2009 worldwide shipments of mini laptops could reach 22 million.
Mini laptops are lightweight computers used to surf the Internet, send and receive email, access and manage key contacts and appointments, review and edit business documents, keep social networking sites updated and manage digital files, including photos and music.