News Bits: 19″ – 20″ Screen Laptops, XPS M140 / Inspiron 710m, nVidia Go 7300

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19-inch Screen Laptops, Maybe — But 20-inch Screen Laptops?

We already know the rumor about a Dell 19-inch laptop coming out early in 2006 as we reported on that a few months ago, but now there’s rumblings about 20-inch screen laptops being put out on the market.  LG-Philips has a 20-inch LCD panel that they’re marketing to laptop makers as a possible screen to use in a notebook.  Personally I don’t think this makes a whole lot of sense and that CNET simply used the headline of “20-inch Laptop” to get attention, they don’t have any solid information to say that any manufacturer is even remotely considering this, the author just implies it could be done if any manufacturer decides to.  Hands up who wants to lug around a 20-inch screen laptop that weighs 15lbs?  At that point you’d be better off with a desktop I think.

The CNET article also discusses the eminent takeover of widescreen format over regular, this is a rather obvious trend as we’re actually finding it harder and harder to find a new release consumer laptop that’s not widescreen.

More: CNET 20-inch Laptop Article


New Dell XPS M140 and Inspiron 710m Coming Soon

What we do know is that Dell will be releasing an XPS M140 soon and likely an Inspiron 710m update to the existing 700m.  What we don’t know are precise specs for these laptops.

The XPS M140 will be a 14.1-inch widescreen laptop and the 710m will be a 12.1-inch widescreen laptop.  Specs and what the graphics cards (if any) will be on these notebooks are sketchy, but since Dell only does Intel we do know they’ll have Pentium M processors.  Precise release dates are unknown.


New NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 Shows Up in New Asus Machines

The NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 graphics card has not been announced per se, but it has been revealed thanks to the notebook manufacturer Asus through its introduction of the Asus A6 series.

The NVIDIA GeForce Go 7300 is analagous to the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6200, featuring NVIDIA’s TurboCache technology. Although no benchmarks are available yet, it would be safe to assume that performance has jumped up to the next level; hence the 7300 will be on par with the popular ATI Mobility Radeon X600.

The Asus A6 laptops will come in two flavors, Intel and AMD.

Asus A6Vm

  • Intel Pentium M Processor 700 Sequence, Mobile Intel 915PM Express Chipset
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Pro
  • Memory: DDRII 533MHz, up to 1GB
  • Screen options: 15.1″ XGA, SXGA/ 15.4″ WXGA Color Shine LCD
  • NVidia GeForce Go 7300 with 128MB/256MB TurboCache Technology
  • 40/60/80/100GB
  • Built-in 1.3M pixel webcam
  • 802.11b/g, a/b/g, 10/100/1000, 1xBluetooth V2.0+EDR

Asus A6Km

  • AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology, 1MB L2 cache
  • 25W MT28/30/32/34/37; 35W ML-30/34/37/40
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home/Professional
  • DDR333, up to 1 GB
  • 15″/15.4″ XGA / WXGA (Color Shine)
  • NVidia GeForce Go 7300 with 128MB/256MB TurboCache Technology
  • Built-in1.3 M pixel webcam
  • 1x TV-Out, 4x USB, 1x Card Reader

Thanks to NotebookReview.ocm forum member Eliwood for this tip and please visit the following forum thread he started covering the GeForce Go 7300 and these new Asus machines.

New Toshiba Satellite M70 Integrates 3G Wireless

Toshiba has announced the Satellite M70 available in the European market with 3G wireless built in.  The M70 will use the UMTS-based 3G network in Europe for this connectivity.  It will also offer Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  The M70 has a 15.4-inch widescreen display and will automatically switch between the 3G and other network connections based on network availability.

The Satellite M70 is powered by Intel Pentium M processors ranging from 730 through 780 (2.26GHz), and is configurable up to 2 GB of 533 MHz DDR2 SDRAM.

Toshiba is following in the footsteps of Sony, Lenovo/IBM by integrating 3G into a laptop offering, Dell and HP have announced such availability of 3G in laptops next year.





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