News Bits: LG R400 Laptop, FlipStart UMPC Released, Apple Notebook with Flash Storage Coming

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LG introduces R400 laptop

LG has introduced the R400 laptop in Korea. The R400 has the following specifications:

  • 14.1" widescreen display
  • Intel Celeron or Core 2 Duo processor
  • Dual channel memory support with 667MHz speed
  • ATI Mobility X2300 graphics
  • 80GB – 160GB hard drive
  • Bluetooth / WiFi with dual antenna for better coverage
  • 5-in-1 media card reader
  • ExpressCard 34 Slot
  • Integrated 1.3 MP webcam
  • Weight: 2.35KG (5.18lbs)

The R400 will be available at the end of March and should retail for around $1,000USD.

(This article was updated on April 6th 2007, it was originally reported as having a hybrid hard drive but LG indicates this is not the case, though they will consider introducing hybrid hard drive laptops in the future)

FlipStart UMPC features 5.6-inch display

The FlipStart is a new Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) – it features a 5.6-inch display, Windows XP or Windows Vista, and a Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage processor. Specifications are as follows:

  • 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage processor
  • Intel Enhanced Grahpics processor
  • 30GB shock-mounted hard drive
  • 512MB RAM
  • Windows XP Professional or Windows Vista Business
  • 5.6" SVGA display (1024×600) primary display
  • 1.8" external display (220×176)
  • Mobile Broadband ready
  • 802.11bg WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs with standard battery, 1.75 lbs with high-capacity
  • Integrated VGA camera
  • Backlit QWERTY keyboard

The FlipStart package includes the device itself, the high-capacity battery, stereo earbuds + microphone headset, carrying case, port replicator, and a polishing cloth. It will retail for $1,999 and is available for shipment in late March 2007.

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Apple subnotebook rumored to have flash storage

A Wall Street Analyst this week claimed that the ultra-compact MacBook will use Flash storage technology. The analyst said to investors that "This is a new sub-notebook form factor that will use NAND Flash as primary storage. Our sources indicate that Apple would like to introduce the product in H2 2007."

The problem with Flash storage is the price; Sony already produes a machine that uses Flash technology, the VAIO UX1, which features a 32GB Flash drive, and it retails for around 2,000 (about $3,860 USD) without high-end specifications. It is difficult to imagine a MacBook using Flash technology coming in lower than this price.

However, Apple does have an advantage – it’s a big Flash customer. The company’s iPod lineup and the upcoming iPhone use Flash memory, and the $1.25 billion deal it made with Hynix, Samsung, Intel, Micron, and Toshiba will allow Apple to supply its products with the necessary Flash, including the rumored subnotebook.

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Asus Ecobook Bamboo Laptop

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The Asus Ecobook is a new laptop from Asus designed to promote Asus’ eco-friendly message. It features real bamboo paneling and is due to launch next year.

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Taiwan notebook manufacurers see rise in February revenue

Major notebook manufacturers based in Taiwan, including Quanta, Compal, and Inventec saw February revenues rise on-year due to growing sales of notebook brands. Wistron saw its revenues drop again. Quanta’s revenues increased 29.9% on-year and they had an on-year growth of 42.1%.

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HP addressing customers problems with Vista audio drivers

Some HP customers that upgraded their notebooks to Vista found that audio ceased working because of driver issues. HP is working to resolve this situation and has posted instructions in the forums a work around for this issue and will update when a final solution is found. Just view our forums to see the solution by clicking here: HP Audio Issue Addressed by HP



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