UK retailer PC World has launched what it claims is the "world's first Intel Atom netbook".
The Advent 4211 is now available from PCWorld.co.uk for £279.99, and the retailer claims to have beaten other ultra-low-cost, ultraportable laptop manufacturers in launching an Atom-based device in the UK market.
Intel launched the Atom at the Computex exhibition in Taipei in June and several laptop makers, encouraged by the success of Asus' Eee PC, were quick to announce new products based on the chip. That immediately caused a chip shortage, Sean Maloney, executive vice-president and general manager of Intel's Sales and Marketing Group, said last month.
A 10in version of the Eee PC is due to launch in the UK in the next few days, but PC World appears to have beaten Asus to the punch with the release of the Advent 4211.
Like the soon-to-be-released Eee PC 1000, the Advent 4211 features a 10in screen and runs Windows XP Home. Other specs include 1GB memory, an 80GB hard drive and Wi-Fi support.