Every major PC manufacturer is announcing a lineup of new laptops this morning. These systems are all part of Intel's new Santa Rosa platform, which to the laptop-buying public means they'll have either a Centrino Pro or Centrino Duo sticker on them somewhere.
Our colleague Michelle Thatcher will go into further detail on the Santa Rosa specs later today, but for the most part, it involves having one of several new mobile Intel CPUs (From the T7000-series), support for Wireless N networking, Intel's new 965 chipset, and some additional onboard memory--Intel calls it Turbo Memory--for faster booting.
We've compiled a handy list of the biggest system announcements being made today, in case you're looking to be the first on the block with a Santa Rosa laptop (of course, most of this info alreadylast week). Note that while some of these are available immediately, others may not ship until as late as July.
This new system, bordering on the thin-and-light category, has a 14.1-inch screen, integrated wireless N, and a smart card reader. Options to be added in the near future include Nvidia Quadro 135M graphics, and solid state hard drives.
Similar to the D630, but with a more familiar 15.4-inch screen. This is a successor to the
Not technically a Santa Rosa system, but we can't let Intel have all the fun today. Dell clearly agrees, and is also launching this budget-minded AMD system, which will also include wireless N as an option.
This 15-inch business system has a sleek design that'll work for home users as well, plus a cool optional docking station that'll charge a spare battery. Starts at $1,399.
A slightly more portable 14-inch version of the E-475M. Starts at $1,399.
New addition to the mainstream R-series. Besides the new Santa Rosa CPU and chipset, it also has a new internal roll cage behind the LCD display. Starts at $1,299.
The Santa Rosa version of Lenovo's high-end T series is thinner and lighter than the R61, and adds Intel's Active Management Technology, which lets IT guys update a system remotely, even if its in a suspended state. Starts at $1,399.
HP Pavilion HDX
What's 15.5 pounds, got a 20-inch screen and is a laptop in name only? HP's hot new Pavilion HDX, that's what. This mobile home theater has a huge screen, a dockable remote control, and should come with a weight belt. Prices start at $2,999, and it should ship around July. .
HP Pavilion dv9500t
HP updates its time-tested
A Santa Rosa version of the popular 13.3-inch
This is Sony's
This 15-inch "entertainment laptop" offers all the new Intel mobile CPUs, plus an optional Blu-ray drive. Starts at $1,400, or $2,000 with Blu-ray--if you think you can really tell the difference between a DVD and a Blu-ray movie on a 15-inch screen.
Successor to the
Superseding the existing thin-and-light
The thin-and light is a sequel to the
A 15-inch business laptop that goes for the more IT-friendly Centrino Pro sticker, the E8410 (and the Centrino Duo E9430) features Intel's top-of-the-line 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo T7700 processor and high-resolution screen options, but skips the 802.11n.
A consumer version of the 15-inch E8410 (and a notch up from the
There should be even more laptop launches announced today, so stay tuned and we'll update this list with the most interesting ones.