It looks like Dell is still looking to hit the tough-laptop market with a newer, slimmed down Latitude XFR D630 laptop, aptly renamed the E64 XFR.
This heavily armored work machine has an Intel Core 2 Duo underneath the hood, Intel’s X3100 graphics, 1GB DDR2 and an 80GB HDD standard. But, more importantly it comes hardened with a new type of exterior material that makes it more durable than its predecessor. The new material is being called Ballistic Armor, which replaced the magnesium alloy, and allows this notebook to meet military specifications for ruggedness.
Strangely, this machine comes with a starting price point of $4,299, even with the economy taken into consideration. But who knows, maybe there will be plenty of military contractors and police officers looking to get a new, slimmer, tougher laptop!
Along with introducing a myriad of new notebooks to the public this year, Asus is looking to update their gaming notebook, the G71, at CeBIT as well.
The G71Gx, Asus’ update on an old favorite, has been upgraded to hold an Nvidia GeForce GTX 260M graphics card (the fastest available), an Intel Centrino 2 processor, up to 12GB of DDR2, and 1TB of storage.
There’s no word yet on pricing or availability for this new beastie, but we can expect that it will cost a pretty penny.
Netbooks have become so wildly popular that we could hardly blame Intel if it decided to focus solely on its Atom processors. Rest assured that's not the case. According to UK news and rumor site Channel Register, Intel will soon release mobile Penryn-based processors clocked at 3GHz and higher.
The faster processors will be part of Intel's Montevina Plus platform, which will focus more heavily on HD capabilities. Quoting Intel''s mobile marketing director Karen Regis, Channel Register reports the rollout also means Intel will expand its ultra low voltage (ULV) technology into mainstream markets. These include systems just above the netbook sector typically running between $600 and $1,000, Regis said.
Look for Montevina Plus to show up in the second quarter of this year.
Gateway, following in stride of many others, announced a new notebook this week. Taking examples from both its MC and MD lines of laptops, they’ve revealed the TC series, a line of ultra-thin, HD laptops with cinematic 1,366x768 resolution screens.
These laptops will come with an Intel 2.0GHz Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T4200 processor, 4GB of DDR2, a 320GB HDD and will bring you the visuals, thanks to Intel’s GMA 4500M graphics.
These laptops will cost only $650 a piece, but there’s no word on as to when we can expect them.
A-DATA this week launced its 512GB XPG 2.5-inch solid state drive (SSD), which it claims is the highest capacity SSD to date. The new drive will be pitched to both laptop and desktop users.
Balancing capacity with performance, A-DATA says its 512GB XPG reads data at up to 230MB/s and writes up to 160MB/s. By comparison, Intel's highly touted X-25M boasts read and write speeds of up to 250MB/s and 70MB/s, respectively, giving A-DATA's a sizable paper-spec advantage in write speeds and a slight disadvantage in read bandwidth.
The new drive comes enclosed in a "dashing, durable, lightweight aluminum casing" and boasts a shock resistance rating of 1500G/0.5ms. In other words, it could probably survive an accidental drop or three, even if the rest of your laptop doesn't.
As if Asus hadn’t been revealing enough in their notebook line lately, they’re adding one more to the pile with their fancy new U/UX series laptops.
The ultra-thin series of notebooks will feature light-up chicklet keys (with auto-adjusting backlights, a 15.6-inch glossy LCD and a touchpad that uses fading lights to follow the movement of your fingers. Powering it all will be a Core 2 Duo processor, Nvidia’s GeForce G105M GPU, up to 500GB of storage, and Altec Lansing speakers with SRS true surround sound.
These are expected for Q2 of this year, but no word yet on pricing for the U or the UX.
Earlier this week Dell introduced a special edition of their 15.4-inch Studio notebook, aptly named the Studio 15 Special Edition. This dolled up version of the regular laptop will feature a backlit keyboard, as well as a “Black Vapor” external color scheme.
When the limited edition machine goes on sale there will be three different versions available, depending on what level of hardware one orders. They’ll all sport a dual core 2.0GHz Intel CPU and integrated 4500MHD graphics processing to power the 1440x900 screen (a notable upgrade from the standard 1280x800).
As far as pricing goes, the Special Edition Studio 15 will start at $799 and cost as much as $949. The regular edition will remain at the low end of the spectrum, starting at only $599.
At this week’s CeBIT Asus unveiled the latest in their luxury notebook line, the Lamborghini VX5.
The VX5 will pack some impressive hardware under the hood, including an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, 4GB DDR3, and an Nvidia GeForce GT 130M graphics processor, but more importantly it will feature a massive 1TB SSD. It’s expected that the SSD is Puresilicion’s, which was announced earlier this year and has impressive 240 MB/sec sustained read speeds and 215 MB/sec sustained write speeds.
There’s no mention as to how much this laptop will cost or when it’s expected to release. But what we can gather is that this notebook will be pricey.
ATI today announced a pair of mobility chips -- ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4860 and HD 4830 -- built off of AMD's new 40nm manufacturing process, purportedly making them the first-ever 40nm notebook GPUs.
Both the HD 4860 and HD 4830 come with 640 stream processor, 826 million transistors, support for DirectX 10.1, dual integrated DisplayPort, HDMI with 7.1 surround sound, and are CrossFireX ready. The 128-bit HD 4860 boasts a 650MHz core clockspeed and GDDR5 memory clocked at up to 4Gbps. The HD 4830 (also 128-bit), meanwhile, ships with a core clockspeed ranging from 450MHz to 600MHz, and GDDR3 clocked between 800MHz to 900MHz.
"It's not just 40nm process technology that makes these chips so potent, they are based on the same award-winning TeraScale engine of our ATI Radeon™ HD 4800 desktop series," Rick Bergmen, senior VP and GM for AMD's graphics products group, wrote in a blog post. "Combining this gaming power with our ATI Avivo™ HD technology and Unified Video Decoder will keep all your HD content humming along at full 1080p resolution with bright colors and seamless playback on your HD display. We've also packed in our power-saving technologies like ATI PowerPlayTM, ATI PowerXpressTM, and ATI Switchable Graphics™ technologies so that you can keep gaming, watching and surfing a little longer."
Bergmen went on to say that 40nm desktop parts are "coming soon," with at least one site having already posted benchmarks of what's believed will be ATI's first 40nm-based desktop graphics release.
As for the 40nm Mobility parts, Asus is scheduled to ship laptops using the new processors in the second half of 2009.
Update 3/4/09 AMD has has posted more pictures of its new Mobility chips, along with a video showing the Mobility Radeon HD 4860 running a on a desktop system uing the MXM modules (no notebooks are currently shipping with the part).