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Toshiba makes a Netbook, but not for North America

The Atom-based small PC will be available in Japan, other Asian markets, and Europe initially.

Toshiba NB110 Netbook
Toshiba's Atom-powered mini-notebook at Ceatec. Erica Ogg/CNET News

CHIBA, Japan--Toshiba hopped onto the Netbook bandwagon here at Ceatec, announcing the NB110.

Design-wise, there's nothing too remarkable about it. It resembles an Eee PC, with specs a mix between that and the HP Mini-Note: Intel Atom processor, Windows XP, 1GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, weighs 2.3 pounds, 802.11b/g wireless, Bluetooth 2.1, and 3 USB 2.0 ports.

Toshiba is actually one of the pioneers in mini-notebooks, with the Libretto that first came out in 2001, and the Tecra M4 convertible notebook. The NB110 certainly looks like it's related to those two, but unlike its predecessors, won't be available in the U.S. market anytime soon.

"The market is just not right yet," a Toshiba representative at Ceatec said.

But it will be available in Japan starting at the end of October for 70,000 yen ($660), with Europe and other Asian markets to follow.

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