IBM and Sony will be going head-to-head with competing lightweight notebooks when they release their new models, the IBM ThinkPad X40 and Sony Vaio PCG-TR3A, later this month.
IBM ThinkPad X40
The ThinkPad X40 will be an update to the current ThinkPad X30 lightweight notebook sold by IBM. The X40 is currently available in Japan but will be released in the U.S. later this month. The X40 weighs 2.7 pounds, making it a further 25% lighter than the already thin and light ThinkPad X30. The notebook will cost between $1,800 and $2,000 and come equipped with a 12.1-inch display, full-size keyboard and Intel Pentium M processor.
The X series of notebooks from IBM is generally targeted at businesses due to the fact execuctives and other workers like the small sized laptop when travelling..
Sony Vaio PCG-TR3A
Sony will be releasing an update to its popular TR series of ultraportable notebooks. The TR3A notebook will offer the option of a built-in DVD burner in the PCG-TR3AP3 model. This means you can have a web-cam equipped, 10.6-inch wide angle display, 1 GHz Pentium M, 1GB of RAM, 40GB hard drive dual-band wireless notebook for about $3000. The Sony Vaio PCG-TR3A will begin selling via SonyStyle.com later this month.