Several new models have already arrived on the shelves of Gateway's retail partners and others will follow during the first weeks of July, a company representative confirmed. They include a revamp of Gateway's midrange notebooks with 14- and 15-inch displays, as well as a new addition to its high-end .
Gateway plans to offer Advanced Micro Devices'to its retail customers, along with Intel's Core Duo and Core Solo processors. AMD had listed Gateway as a vendor supporting the launch of the dual-core Turion X2 chips in May, but the specific systems had yet to be unveiled. Gateway will use the X2 processors in two five-pound notebooks, and will use AMD's single-core Turion 64 processors in two other notebooks.
Of the 12 new notebooks, eight use Intel's chips, mixed between Core Duo, Core Solo and Celeron M processors. Intel plans to launch a newin August that will probably form the basis for high-end models in the fourth quarter.
Gateway has hit some nice price points with the new systems, including a $799 notebook with theoperating system, said Sam Bhavnani, an analyst at Current Analysis. But the new systems aren't very exciting from a product design standpoint, and it could be hard for Gateway to dent retail rivals such as Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba with the new systems, he said.