In the States Toshiba has announced the launch of the mini NB305, the next generation of its netbook that offers the new Intel Atom N450 processor.

With a 10.1-inch "TruBrite" LED backlit display the claim for battery life is up to 11 hours and the new netbook boasts Windows 7 Starter, a full-size keyboard and full-size touchpad too.

The mini NB305 also gets a 250GB hard drive, one USB port with Tosh's "Sleep-and-Charge" tech as well as two standard USB ports, 1GB RAM, webcam, speaker, mic, card reader, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR on certain models.  

The mini NB305 will be available in two configurations. The mini NB305-N410 gets a textured "Java Brown", "Frost White" or a "Royal Blue" finish while the  mini NB305-N310 comes in "Black Onyx".

The Toshiba mini NB305 netbooks will go on sale in the US from January 12 from $349.99 to $399.99. There's no news on a UK launch just yet.