There were a couple of announcements today related to launch of embedded laptops. Vodafone Italy announced the availability of the HSUPA Samsung NC-10 Internet Inside, while Dell has secured a deal with China Mobile to supply its Inspiron Mini 10, which supports TD-SCDMA.
The embedded laptop will (fairly) rapidly take over from the USB modem as the device of choice for mobile broadband. Across Europe it will account for the majority of sales by 2012 and the majority of the installed base by 2014. In some markets the evolution will, of course, be rather more rapid. However it's unlikely to be the operators who will dominate this market. They'll have a selection of devices, such as those announced today, but the majority of laptops will be sold by the IT channels.