Fujitsu Roadmap Partially Revealed – New N3510 15.4″ Widescreen Coming

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Fujitsu is following the path of many, waiting to release Sonoma-based notebooks. They are refreshing all of their Pentium M machines though and have a few pretty big announcements, including a 15.4″ widescreen model with Ultra Crystal View. We also have updates on the other models as well.

Finally with the N3510 Fujitsu will have a 15.4″ display in the mix. This was an obvious hole in their lineup that will be addressed very soon. We have it on good authority the N3510 will be announced next week and should ship shortly thereafter. Here’s a quick rundown of what we know:

  • Ultra Crystal View display – Fujitsu is claiming CRT quality with their latest display. One of the best in the business may stand alone now.
  • 1280 x 800 resolution – No high resolution, which will deter some buyers
  • Intel 740 1.73 GHz processor
  • ATI X300 with 64MB – It’s not clear if other video cards will be offered as they come to market
  • DDR2 RAM – up to 2GB
  • Dual layer multi-format DVD burner
  • Express card slot – This will be the first notebook to offer the new expansion card format
  • Memory Stick/Secure Digital card slot
  • Intel 2915 abg wireless card
  • Hard drives up to 100GB
  • TV Tuner option with instant on

We don’t have pricing information yet, but somewhere in the $1800-$2000 range, depending on specs, seems likely.

Moving on, Fujitsu has another pretty major update for one of their lesser known models. The P1120 is being replaced by the new P1500. It will get the latest Transmetta processor and a new flip screen. The official announcement and shipping should come in March.

Perhaps the most anticipated update concerns the S6000 and S7000 series. We don’t know anything other than they’ll be getting Sonoma and a March announcement is nearly certain. It’s likely an announcement regarding the E8000 will also come around the same time.

The P7000 upgrade will be announced next week and could be shipping by the end of the month. We know it will see a processor upgrade, earning the new Intel ULV PM 1.2 MHz CPU. It will not get internal Bluetooth. It seems the tiny P7000 doesn’t have enough space for Bluetooth and Fujitsu isn’t ready to give up one of the WiFi antennas to accommodate Bluetooth.

So for everyone who’s been waiting for refreshes, this is the most current information out there. And for those looking for a 15.4″ widescreen, Fujitsu is finally answering the call with what appears to be a very nice unit, at least on paper. It remains to be seen how much they can improve on a fantastic display, but you have to love their determination to be the best.




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