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Gateway LT32 Netbook Packs AMD Neo CPU and HDMI Output

Computer maker Gateway—a subsidiary of Acer—has taken the wraps off its new Gateway LT32 netbook, sporting an AMD Neo processor, ATI graphics, an 11.6-inch display, and an HDMI output for pushing photos and high-definition video to a big screen. The idea is to pack a lot of fun into a highly portable computer—and one that doesn’t have the often-sluggish performance of a typical netbook.

“The new Gateway LT32 is a true ultra-mobile entertainment powerhouse netbook,” said Gateway senior product marketing manager Pete Dailey, in a statement. “It delivers a heightened level of performance and HD entertainment with the powerful combination of AMD Neo processors, ATI graphics and the crisp and clear HD display.”

The LT32 weighs just 2.76 pounds, and Gateway says the system can get up to 5.5 hours of battery live on a six-cell battery. Under the hood, the HT32 packs an AMD Athlon II Neo K125 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and ATI Radeon HD 4225 graphics with 384 MB of dedicated video memory…and that graphics controllers powers an 11.6-inch 1,366 by 768 display. The size and resolution of the screen mean that customers get a comfortable keyboard for typing,p but also don’t constantly have to jiggle Web sites and applications back and forth to try to see them on a typical netbook display. The LT32 offers 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi wireless networking, an HD webcam, gigabit Ethernet, and VGA output in addition to HDMI out. Three USB 2.0 ports and a multi-gesture trackpad round out the specs.

However, all this functionality and oomph means the LT32 doesn’t carry a typical netbook price tag: Gateway says prices will start at $449.99.