Fujitsu Siemens has officially launched the mini laptop that first appeared on YouTube earlier this month.

Like other 'netbooks', the Amilo Mini on show at the IFA exhibition is small and light. It has a 9in screen, runs the 1.6GHz version of Intel's Atom processor and will be available in several configurations with hard-disk drive storage space from 30GB to 80GB, said Björn Fehrm, a Fujitsu Siemens representative.

The model on show at IFA has 1GB of memory and was running Windows XP Home.

The company plans to launch it in Europe in October this year. A similar computer will be launched by Fujitsu in the Americas and Asia.

The netbook segment of the laptop market - sometimes called low-cost laptop or ultramobile PC - has come alive in the past few months after PC makers scrambled to emulate the success of Taiwan's Asus and its Eee PC.

At least one other major laptop vendor, South Korea's LG Electronics, is launching a netbook at the event; others, previously announced at June's Computex expo in Taiwan, are due on the market in the next few months.

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