News Bits: Inspiron 1420N Runs Linux, PC Market Growing Fast, Fujitsu P8420

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PC market projections revised: ’07 will be better than ’06

Despite predictions that said Vista would take the thunder out of the PC market this year, the fact is that 2007 will be a better year for both notebooks and desktops than last year. OEMs had unrealistic predictions and they are now coming to relize that.

Research firm iSuppli is now predicting 264 million PC sales for 2007, an 11.2 percent increase compared to 2006. Notebook sales are unexpectedly up – Q1 saw 21.8 million units shipped, a 23 percent increase.

This year, notebooks are expected to outgrow desktops in terms of percentage growth by a factor of nearly 5. Gartner predicts about 257.1 million PCs will ship this year; about 60 percent will be desktops.

Read More (ArsTechnica.com)

Notebook makers thinking twice about 12″, 13.3″ notebooks

With a lot of new 13.3″ notebook models from Sony, Apple, and Dell, some notebook makers are being very optimistic about the segement while other manufacturers are instead looking toward 12″ models.

Most 13.3″ panels are produced at less-advanced plants; once production of them moves to advanced fifth-generation plants, production costs will go down and panel makers will be able to offer lower prices. Some notebook makers are saying that the 12″ notebook market is seeing stronger demand than the 13.3″ market. Panel makers expect 12″ and 13.3″ panels to account for 9 – 10 percent of the notebook panel shipments this year.

Read More (DigiTimes.com)

Dell Inspiron 1420N runs Ubuntu 7.04 Linux

Dell has refreshed their consumer Linux OS-powered notebook offerings with the new Inspiron 1420N. It runs Ubuntu version 7.04 Linux and is based on the new Intel Santa Rosa platform. It is the same as the standard Inspiron 1420, which we talked about here.

The 1420N comes in eight colors, and starts at US$774. Configure yours here.

Read More (Laptoping.com)

Fujitsu 8.9-inch P8240 tablet features SSD, weighs only 2.1 pounds


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While the new Fujitsu P8240 won’t win any performance awards, it will certainly turn heads. With an 8.9-inch display, a Core Solo U1400 processor, an available 32GB Solid State Disk (SSD), and up to 9.1 hours of battery life in a 2.1 pound package (slightly more with the extended battery most likely), it is built for ultimate mobility. Running Vista Business, it should come in a shade under US$2,200.

Read More (Engadget.com)

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