G220 camera notebook in Australia by Christmas

G220 camera notebook in Australia by Christmas

Marketed as the first ever notebook to ship with a built-in 1.3 megapixel camera, Elitegroup Computer Systems’ (ECS) G220 notebook should be available in Australia by Christmas, according to local distributor, Protac.

An alleged marketing error suggested the high-end model would also ship with a 2.13GHz Pentium M processor – a chip yet to be released by Intel. The statement has subsequently been recalled by ECS.

The notebook is currently being piloted in the US and Asia before production starts on the units in September, Protac marketing manager, Patrick Cheng, said.

“I have heard they are still debugging the finished product,” he said. “We are waiting for the final version and hope to have it for Christmas.” Taiwanese PC manufacturers have recently gained the spotlight for a surge in sales, particularly in portable devices.

Datamonitor said notebook shipments from Taiwan hit 7.4 million units in the second quarter of 2004, up 32.4 per cent on last year.

The research stated the industry was boosted by a Centrino effect, with Pentium-based devices making up almost half the exported notebooks. “The share of thin and light models advanced at the expense of all-in-ones and desktop replacements,” said the report.

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