A week after the making the first 4G LTE-enabled notebook available, 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 in little more than an hour with heavy downloading.