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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Via (Laptoping.com)

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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Toshiba Press Release (BusinessWire.com)

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.

Full Story (Engadget.com)

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.

Full Story (DigiTimes.com)

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.

Full Story (ChannelRegister.co.uk)

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