News Bits: Dell Goes LED, Eee PC With 3G, Notebooks and Netbooks Become One?

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Lenovo launches X200s ultraportable

Lenovo this week launched its latest ultraportable notebook, the 12.1-inch X200s. It is similar to the X200, expect it features Ultra Low Voltage (ULV) Core 2 Duo processors instead of standard voltage versions. Key features of the X200s include a 12.1-inch LED-backlit WXGA+ display, integrated Intel graphics, DDR3 memory, and a 4-cell battery good for 3.1 hours of life. Weight starts at 2.95 pounds and dimensions include 0.8 – 1.4 inches of thickness.

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All Dell notebooks to feature LED displays in 12 months

Dell announced that all of its new laptop displays will be transitioned to LED backlighting technology over the next 12 months. The company predicts that 80 percent of its total laptop volume will have LED displays as standard equipment by the end of 2009, and 100 percent in 2010.

Notebooks and netbooks may become the same in 2009

According to a DigiTimes report, the line separating notebooks from netbooks may disappear in 2009. Netbooks are receiving increasingly higher specification levels; Microsoft already lifted the limits on hard drive capacity for netbooks featuring Windows XP. ASUS recently introduced a netbook that features a dedicated graphics card, the N10, which breaks a violation put in place by Intel that said netbooks cannot feature a PCI Express port. The restrictions may become guidelines in the future.

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Dell renames existing Inspiron notebooks

Dell renamed its existing 1420 and 1525 laptops as the Inspiron 14 and 15 respectively. No changes have been made to the specifications.

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ASUS updating Eee PC with 3G connectivity

ASUS announced that it will be updating its Eee PC 901 with 3G connectivity. This is being viewed as a good move for ASUS, and it will help separate the Eee PC from other netbooks on the market. The 3G Eee PC will go head-to-head with Dell’s Mini 9, which will also soon feature 3G.

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Netbooks, cheap computers to reach 200M shipments by 2013

According to ABI Research, the total shipment volume of netbooks, cheap computers, and handheld Internet devices will be 200 million units by 2013. The firm predicts that while cheap computers (netbooks) make up the majority of shipments now, Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) will make up 68% of shipments by 2013.

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Toshiba shows off 250GB 1.8″ hard disk

Toshiba has introduced a 1.8-inch hard drive with a 250GB capacity. It has a 5400RPM rotational speed and weighs only 62g. They are also selling a single-platter 120GB drive weighing 60g. The new drives have a SATA interface, but a Parallel ATA 240GB drive will be available at the end of this month.

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