A week after the making the first, Verizon today announced that it's about to ship the first Netbook that offers the same built-in superfast cellular Internet access, the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr.
Like the 4G LTE notebook, the Compaq Mini was initially announced at CES 2011. It's currently the only Netbook on the market that offers built-in 4G LTE and will likely remain that way for a long time, as Netbooks have been consistently losing popularity to tablets.
Equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250GB hard drive, and 1GB of DDR3 RAM, the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr has about the same power as a typical Netbook. The machine runs Windows 7 Home Starter 32-bit and has a 10.1-inch, 1,024x600-pixel-resolution LCD. In addition to the 4G LTE chip, it also has built-in Wireless-N.
Verizon says the whole package weighs just around 3.1 pounds.
The Netbook will be available at Verizon's Web site starting August 4 for $500. Customers can choose between three data plans for $30, $50, and $80 per month with data caps of 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB, respectively.
Note that at LTE speeds, you can burn through the 10GB data cap inwith heavy downloading.