If you’re trying to decide whether to put a GPS or mini notebook on your holiday wish list, you’re in luck. Fujitsu announced two new mini notebooks today, the 8.9 inch Lifebook P1630 and the “I can just about fit it in my pocket” 5.6 inch U820. Both come with super-sharp WSXGA touchscreens and offer full Windows functionality, but the 1.3-pound, itsy-bitsy U820 includes a 1.6GHz Atom processor, integrated GPS, and comes preloaded with Garmin Mobile PC, effectively turning it into a high-end nüvi with the added ability of being able to navigate directly to your Outlook contacts. The U820 comes with a starting price of $1,049.
If you don’t want or need the navigation feature (and have adult-sized fingers), the P1630 includes a 1.20 GHz Core 2 Duo, built-in accelerometer, 64GB SSD option and a piggy-bank-raiding base price of $2,179.
NTT Docomo has 7, count ‘em, 7 new phones on the horizon. They include Mitsubishi’s D905i slider with 3.1-inch TFT screen and 3.2 MPx with auto-focus in a choice of 5 colors, Fujitsu’s F905i with width motion and a Super-Fine IPS monitor of 3.2-inches, and a 3.2MPx cam with CMOS sensor in one of 4 colors, NEC’s N905i with EX LCD screen that rotates and comes in four colors, and NEC’s N905iµ with 3-inch EX LCD display also in 4 colors.
In addition, the company is offering Panasonic’s P905i with W Opening Style screen and 3-inch TFT liquid crystals, Sharp’s SH9051 with 3-inch ASV LCD screen and rotating system, as well as 3.2MPx CMOS sensor with blur correction and Dolby sound, and Sony Ericsson’s SO905i with jog dial, Sensitive Pad, Bravia tech and 3.2MPx sensor (CMOS) with auto-focus. Lots of choices and a ho-ho-ho from NTT.
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No, this isn’t just a hard drive turned on its side, it’s a new technology called perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). This new technology allows for higher data storage density on the drive by stacking the storage “bits” vertically and more densely. The new MHW2 line using PMR achieves up to 160GB in capacity in a compact 2.5” form factor.
Perpendicular storage isn’t the only update to these drives. Engineers also incorporated new anti-shock and power saving technologies allowing the device to withstand up to 300g’s of mechanical shock and energy efficiency as good as 3.8milliWatts/GB, both of which are industry best according to Fujitsu. The 80GB and 160GB versions of the drive will be available October of this year.
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