The day netbook will merge with notebook is closer than you and I think--next month!? Since Dell will unleash Dell Inspiron Mini 12, the successor of Mini 9, with $600-$700 price tag depending on configuration. 6-cell battery one probably last 6-hour (let's say 4-5 in practice) according to LaptopMag.com.
Brief specification of this mutant netbook:-
CPU: Intel Atom
RAM: 1GB of RAM
Hard disk drive: 60/80GB
OS: Windows Vista Home Basic
Screen: 12.1" Glossy WXGA (1280x800)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, WLAN 802.11b/g
Ports: 3*USB, VGA, Card reader, Mic & headphone jack.
Thickness: 0.92" - 1.09"
Weight: 2.72 lbs
I am amazed of what netbook is going to be--from 7" Eee 70x to now in only less than a year!! No more portability in that sense. Not that I don't like this, but this should mean things equipped Intel Atom shouldn't belong to only netbook no more. Then it will make sense
IMO, eventually expensive ultra portable will fade away from the market. No matter how good they are, they are just like Vertu which offers none to other, but extraordinary price that no one considers buying one. Sad that some of them are such a great thing--Sony TZ. The question is whether we will see less and less innovation in that area too? probably so. :-/ [but we will see innovation in low-end side instead!! :-D I don't know which is better honestly.]
check out more pics @ LaptopMag.com