Little Appeal for Intel's Mobile Internet Device

A device to fill the gap between smartphones and netbooks would have a small market.

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The market for mobile computing-devices is like the car market. On the high end, there are big luxury models—your large-screen laptops. The low end has your park-anywhere, minimal-power gizmos—smartphones. In between, you’ve got a range of sedans and low-cost compacts—tablet PCs, subnotebooks, and netbooks.

Lately, Intel has been evangelizing a new entrant, a device that it calls the MID computer, for Mobile Internet Device. According to Intel, such a computer would be more portable and less power hungry than a netbook, yet have a bigger screen and provide more functions than a smartphone.