HP to offer batteries that last 3 years
HP is planning to use a new battery in its notebook computers that can last three years of normal usage before losing their maximum capacity. Boston Power’s Sonata battery uses lithium-ion technology like most current notebook batteries. It can recharge in only 30 minutes and is less prone to overheating. Today’s notebook batteries typically only last slightly over a year before losing capacity.
The Sonata batteries will be sold under the Enviro brand next year by HP on select notebook models; customers will also be able to purchase them as replacement batteries. HP will offer a three-year warranty on the batteries. No information on pricing has been released.
Omega-series ASUS notebooks coming in 2009
ASUS is planning to launch an Omega-series notebook computer brand in 2009. It will be priced between US$600-900 and target the higher-end side of the entry-level market. ASUS plans to ship eight million of the notebooks next year.
Netbooks are bright spot of computer industry
Although the fourth quarter PC market this year is not looking good, there is some good news. Netbook shipments increased 1.6x quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter of this year; most large notebook brands have entered the market. DisplaySearch expects the netbook market to increase to about 14 million units by the end of this year.
Seagate cuts OEM drive warranties to 3 years
Seagate announced today that it is cutting the warranty on its non-retail, bare drive OEM hard drives to three years from five. Seagate’s retail hard drives will still carry a five-year warranty.
Google Chrome web browser now out of beta
Google’s Chrome web browser is no longer in the beta stage; the 15th update for the browser on Thursday marked the end of it. Google has improved plug-in stability and performance, increased start-up and page loading times, and better bookmark features. In addition, Chrome features improved security features such as Safe Browsing.