Retailer Coby is gearing up to release a sorta, kinda, Netbook, that they don’t want to call a Netbook, but will be called the PoqetMate. Not only is the 7 incher (there’s also a 9 inch model in the works) a small device with a full QWERTY keyboard, but Coby is looking at a sub $100 price for the tiny device that they want to call a Midget PC.
Saying the Midget PC will be smaller than Netbooks but not that much, Coby is also supposedly working on handhelds that will fold up like a hankerchief and fit in your pocket, that will fit in a suit or pants pocket.
Coby’s outlets for distribution are discount marketing channels and their products appear in RiteAid, OddLots and some grocery chains. It will be interesting to see how consumers react to this come spring.