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Fujitsu delivers new notebooks

Fujitsu expands its LifeBook line of corporate portables, just days before the new Pentium II processors for notebooks hit the market.

    Fujitsu expanded its LifeBook line of corporate notebook computers, just days before the new Pentium II processors for notebooks hit the market.

    The new Fujitsu LifeBook 770 Tx features a 200-MHz Pentium MMX processor and a 3.2GB hard drive. The new LifeBook 790 Tx comes with a 266-MHz Pentium MMX and a 4GB hard drive.

    Both new models offer network management applications that allow network administrators to configure systems either locally or remotely, as well as 32MB of memory, 12.1 inch active-matrix displays, and integrated standards-compliant 56-kbps fax modems.

    Notebooks offering Pentium MMX processors may be overlooked as a new crop of laptops featuring Pentium II chips floods the market in the coming weeks. Price cuts on notebooks featuring older processors may worsen what is an already bloated channel inventory, analysts say.

    Manufacturers such as IBM, HP, Dell, Toshiba, and Digital are expected to immediately announce new systems based when the Pentium II chip is introduced this Thursday.

    Additionally, Fujitsu is adding the LifeBook 690 Tx to its ultra-portable 600 Series. The five-pound, 1.5-inch 690 TX offers an integrated Ethernet networking port, a 266-MHz Pentium MMX processor, 4GB hard drive, 32MB of memory, and an integrated standards-compliant 56-kbps fax-modem.

    The LifeBook 770 Tx will have an estimated retail price of $2,799. The LifeBook 790 Tx go for an estimated retail price of $3,499, and the LifeBook 690 Tx will be priced at $4,299. All three will be available in mid-April.