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Compaq launches its Armada

Compaq came a day early to PC Expo to introduce its highly modular Armada notebook.

Compaq Computer showed up early to the PC Expo trade show that opens tomorrow in New York and announced its new Armada line of notebooks today, as well as new models for its flagship line of LTE 5000 notebooks.

As previously reported by CNET, the new Armada is split into two families: the low-cost, relatively low-performance 1100 series for students, small businesses, and corporate sales forces, and the 4100 series with faster processors, a new modular design, and a heftier pricetag.

The 1100 is a no-frills 100-MHz Pentium model that costs from $1,899 to $2,299 and comes with 10.4-inch active or passive-matrix screens, and a 810MB hard drive.

The Armada 4100 series is designed to be modular so that users can mix and match a number of different components. The design ranges from a slim 1.5-inch, fivce-pound frame, to a six-pound standard configuration and heavier as multimedia options are added. The 4100 line comes with 133-, 120-, or 100-MHz Pentium processors, hard drives of 810MB or 1GB, and memory expandable to either 40MB or 48MB. Prices will range from $2,599 to $4,599 when the new series begins shipping in volume in July.

In addition to introducing the Armada, Compaq is adding three models to its LTE 5000 line. The high-end LTE 5380, due to ship in the third quarter for $6,599, will pack a 2.16GB hard drive, a 12.1-inch display with 1024-by-768-pixel resolution, 16MB of RAM, and a 133-MHz Pentium processor.

At the lower end, Compaq introduced the LTE 5250 and the LTE 5150, both shipping immediately. The 5250 features a 120-MHz Pentium, 16MB of RAM, a 10.4-inch color display, and an 810MB hard drive. It costs $4,199. The 5150 is priced at $3,199 and comes with a 100-MHz Pentium, 16MB of RAM, an 11.3-inch display, and a 810-MB hard drive.

Compaq also announced today a SpeedPaq 288 modem card, a 28.8-kpbs fax-modem due to ship in late summer priced at $249 for its Armada and LTE notebook series.

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