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New HP laptops will pack speedy Pentium IIs

Starting at $1,399, the new line of OmniBooks will contain 366-MHz Pentium II processors.

Hewlett-Packard will announce on Monday new OmniBook notebooks featuring the fastest Intel Pentium II mobile processor.

HP's new OmniBook XE2 notebook is targeted at large corporate customers and medium-size businesses. The laptops feature the Intel Pentium II processor for notebooks, running at 366MHz.

In addition to the Pentium II, the notebooks will have up to a 6.2GB hard drive, 64MB of memory, 13.3-inch display, CD-ROM drive and 56-kbps modem. The units weigh a little more than 6 pounds.

"HP's strategy with the OmniBook XE2 notebook PC line has been to incorporate the technology its customers need, while maintaining the price points they demand," Paul Morgan-Witts, a marketing manager for HP's mobile computing division, said in a statement.

Notebooks shipping to China will feature QuickStroke's language software, which recognizes Chinese characters. The XE2 is the first HP notebook to feature the typing shortcut.

The notebooks will range in price from $1,399 to $2,399.