Another cheap, tiny laptop shows for fight with Eee PC

The ECS G10IL mini-laptop is announced

In the glorious race to the bottom, another contender has emerged to take on the Asus hit that is the Eee PC mininotebook. Taiwanese manufactuerer Elitegroup Computer Systems unveiled its G10IL mininotebook, which will feature Intel's new Atom processors and either an 8.9- or 10.2-inch screen. Like the MSI Wind prototype Crave spied earlier this month, the ECS G10IL features an unfortunate name and a fetching design: clean, glossy, and white. At first glance, it looks like some sort of mini-MacBook crossed with a Sony VAIO.

The ECS G10IL: poorly named but looks to be well designed. Elitegroup Computer Systems

The ECS G10IL has three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet and modem jacks, WLAN and Bluetooth, and a 4-in-1 card reader. Key for any ubermobile device, the G10IL provides mobile broadband; in this case, 7.2Mbps HSPA. Other specs listed on the ECS site include the choice of Windows XP or Linux, up to 2GB of RAM in the lone DIMM slot, an integrated Webcam, either an solid state drive or spinning hard drive, and a 4- or 6-cell battery.

A release date is unknown, but reports that ECS will talk pricing next month.