Wonder what the future of the netbook is -- or at least what's coming after Intel's roadmap
runs out of paper? Lenovo's in-house analyst Matt Kohut may have the answer, chatting with TECH.BLORGE
to make some entirely sensible predictions about the next netbooks. He indicates that touchscreens and the like will become increasingly popular, helping to drive the popularity of Windows 7
and its top-notch touch support, and continuing the move away from Linux that Lenovo identified
back in 2007. He also thinks netbooks will start to get bigger, pushing the 12- to 14-inch range, a trend we're already seeing the beginnings of with rumors of ASUS and its supposed 11.6-inch Eee PC
. Finally, he figures machines will get even cheaper than they already are, and that 3G will be more or less standard soon. It's challenging stuff, this prediction business, but feel free to try your hand at it below.