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LG readies first laptop with hybrid drive, X2300 chip

updated 12:50 pm EST, Thu March 8, 2007

LG R400 Notebook

LG is planning to be the first notebook maker in the US to introduce a pair of new technologies, an inadvertently posted specs page reveals. The R400 will be one of the first portables to ship with Samsung's new 120GB MH80 hybrid drive with built-in flash to improve battery life and load times. Almost as unique is the 128MB Mobility Radeon X2300: still unannounced by AMD despite its earlier arrival in the ASUS A8Jr, the budget chipset should make its first Western appearance in the R400 and boost its graphics without adding much to the cost or power draw. A 1.73GHz Core 2 Duo and 1GB of RAM will also help the 14-inch system run quickly compared to most other systems in its class.

Surprisingly, the system is due to ship as soon as March 30th in Canada for $1,199 CDN ($1,017 US), potentially beating ASUS as well as most US-based notebook makers to the release of the new graphics and storage advancements. [via The Inquirer]




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