BenQ to join netbook fray

BenQ, who launched eight new monitors to the UK market this week, is planning to launch an Eee rival, Chinese manufacturing sources are reporting.

The Taiwan-based company is planning an entry to the netbook market with the Joybook "Lite" in fourth quarter of this year.

October will see an 8.9-inch model launching while a 10-inch 16:9 aspect ratio is rumoured for a November debut.

The Joybook Lite will be made by Pegatron Technology and get Intel's Atom processor, Windows XP, and will include a built-in 3.5G module.

It's reported that pricing is expected to be close to $468 mark, which, if the device makes it to the UK, would be around £265.