Gateway plans to launch a new high-end notebook on Monday based on Intel's latest mobile processor, the Pentium III processor-M, Gateway officials said this week.
Dubbed the Solo 9550, the notebook will be priced from US$1,799 (£1,199) and offered with Intel's mobile processor at clock speeds of 933MHz, 1GHz and 1.13GHz. The Pentium III processor-M, formerly codenamed Tualatin, uses Intel's latest manufacturing technology designed to boost performance without compromising battery life.
Gateway said the notebook will be available in the US on Monday and aimed at business users and "high-end" home users. International availability will be announced in the coming weeks, a Gateway spokeswoman said. The notebook is Gateway's first based on Tualatin; other vendors including Hewlett-Packard, Dell Computer and Compaq Computer are already selling notebooks based on the chip, which was launched last month.
The Solo 9550 has a 15.7-inch (39.8 centimeter) SXGA (super extended graphics array) TFT (thin film transistor) screen, which provides about the same viewable area as a 17-inch desktop monitor, Gateway said.
The notebook also features dual modular bays. The first bay can support a second hard drive, a CD-RW drive, a DVD drive, or a combination CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive. The second bay can house a floppy drive, an extra battery or a hard drive, Gateway said.
The hard drive included with the standard configuration comes in 10GB, 20GB or 30GB versions. If a user chooses to have all three hard drives the machine can offer up to 70GB of total drive space.
At 1.65 inches thick, the notebook weighs 7.1 pounds in a basic configuration and includes as standard 128MB of RAM, expandable to 512MB, and a built-in modem and ethernet card, the company said.