News Bits: Gateway 16-inch notebooks, Toshiba Quad-Core Laptops, Another Eee PC

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Gateway introduces 16″ MC series notebooks

Gateway has launched their latest line of notebooks, the MC series. The MC is based on the Intel Centrino 2 platform and features a 16-inch display. The MC7801u comes with the following specifications for $949:

  • Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 (2.0GHz/800MHz FSB/2MB L2)
  • Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit
  • 16-inch WXGA (1366×768) UltraBright widescreen display
  • Intel GMA X4500 integrated graphics
  • 4GB DDR2-667 RAM
  • 320GB 5400RPM hard drive
  • Dimensions: 13″ (H) x 17″ (W) x 6″ (D)
  • Weight: 7.1 pounds/3.22kg

Unique features of the notebook include synthetic leather palmrests and a glass borderless display. Gateway will also launch an M7083u for $999.99 that includes a dedicated ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 512MB video card.

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Toshiba introduces quad-core gaming laptop

Toshiba today introduced its premium gaming laptop, the X305-Q708. It features an Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor, dual Nvidia GeForce 9800M-GTS 512MB graphics cards, 128GB SSD and 320GB 7200RPM hard drive. The X305-Q708 has an MSRP of $4,199.99.

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ASUS Eee PC S101 to be $699 in November

ASUS’ new Eee PC S101 will be available in the US for $699 starting November 1. The S101 is extremely thin at only 0.75 inches and more stylish than other Eee PCs. Two versions will be available: “copper brown” and “graphite.” The S101 features a 10.2-inch 1024×600 LED-backlit display and weighs in at 2.3 pounds.

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Only 10% of notebooks feature LED displays this year

According to a DigiTimes report, only 10% of notebooks this year feature an LED-backlit display, down from the estimated 15-20%. Cost appears to be a major factor; a typical CCFL backlighting unit is 70% cheaper than an LED version. LED backlighting penetration is expected to be significantly higher in 2009/2010, around 29.8% and 60.3% respectively.

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PGP to provide pay-as-you-go laptop security service

PGP and its partners will be the first to offer a pay-as-you-go laptop security service. The service is mainly targeted at business. Services offered include full disk encryption, spam filtering, anti-malware, backup and email service, and email encryption. The whole disk encryption service is available immediately in the US and UK, and will be available in Europe starting in early 2009.

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