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Notebooks for the Girl from Ipanema

Philips makes notebooks specifically for Brazil.


Why Philips would want to join the hyper-competitive notebook market is beyond us, and even more curious is why it would choose to do so in Brazil. But the Netherlands-based electronics maker will be doing both in December, Engadget says, with two new models.

The first has an 11-inch display, U2400 Core Duo processor, 1GB of memory, a 120GB hard drive, and a dual-layer DVD burner; the second a 13-inch screen, T7300 Core 2 Duo chip, 2GB of RAM, a 120GB hard drive, and a dual-layer burner. The finishes of their casings, respectively in magnesium alloy and piano black (shown here), may be their most distinguishing features--aside from their price. At $2,477 and $2,165, these machines don't appear to be aimed for the hoi polloi.

In fact, we're not sure which consumers Philips is targeting with these notebooks, especially because it says they were developed "specifically for the Brazilian market." Perhaps they include some sand-resistant features for the cabanas in Rio.