Form-factor segmentation will be one of the key differentiators notebook vendors will use for their products this quarter and throughout most of 1999.
At Comdex later this month, Fujitsu Computer Products of America will introduce the LifeBook L440 notebook measuring just 2.8cm deep and weighing 2kg.
The L440 will come in a version with an external floppy or a B version with a detachable multifunction bay for various components including a floppy drive, CD-ROM, or digital video disc drive.
End of year
The $US3699-priced notebook, $3399 with the external floppy only, includes a 33.8cm active matrix display, an Intel 266MHz Pentium II processor, a 4GB hard drive, and a 56Kbps modem. Products will ship at the end of the year.
Toshiba will this month introduce and start shipping three notebooks: a 1.3kg 1.9cm model; a new member of its mininotebook Libretto series; and a low-cost notebook.
The ultrathin Portege 3010 starts at $US1999 with a 26.4cm active matrix screen, an Intel 266MHz Pentium chip with MMX, a 4.3GB hard drive, 32MB of DRAM and a 56Kbps modem.
A more powerful Libretto will be introduced this month.
It has a Pentium 233MHz processor with MMX, and a 4.3GB hard drive all in a 1kg package that runs Windows 95, Windows 98, or even Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and will sell for $US1799.