updated 11:00 am EST, Mon December 31, 2007
Lenovo ThinkPad Penryn Tip
Even more system builders are known to be gearing up for Penryn notebook launches that will launch early next year, according to further updates from Notebook Italia. Unlike its often conservative efforts in the past, Lenovo plans to update both its premium T61 (shown) and mainstream R61 ThinkPads with the new processor: each will get a baseline 2.1GHZ Core 2 Duo with the enhanced 3MB of cache and other benefits of the newer chip design; the thinner, titanium T61 will come with 1GB of memory, a 120GB disk, and integrated Intel video as standard while the bulkier R61 will use its cost savings to use doubled RAM, a 160GB drive, and offer NVIDIA's Quadro NVS 140M for faster 3D graphics.
Acer may have the most comprehensive updates of any PC maker when Penryn is available, the reports note. Both its home-oriented Aspire and work-minded TravelMate lines will be updated across the board, ranging from the 12-inch ultraportable Aspire 2920 to the 20-inch 9920G as well as the 14- and 15.4-inch TravelMate 6492 and 6592 models respectively. Like Sony, Acer expects to outfit every system with at least 2GB of memory and a 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo; the 2920 will be one of the most powerful in its class with a 2.4GHz processor and 320GB of storage in a single drive. All of the Aspires will have a 512MB GeForce 8600M GT for video acceleration except for the 2920, while the TravelMate 6592 will use AMD's Mobility Radeon HD 2400 XT instead. Most systems in the mid range will carry a 250GB hard disk.
Fujitsu will also offer some systems for Europe that may not be directly available in North America. Its Amilo series will receive two models at launch. Both the Pi 2550 and Xi 2428 will measure out with 15.4-inch screens and come with 2GB of memory; the Pi starts the series at 2.4GHz with Radeon HD 2400 video and two 120GB hard drives, while the Xi boosts speed with a 2.5GHz processor and a GeForce 8600M GS for video. It should use a solitary 250GB hard drive in place of the lower-cost system's dual disks.
Most systems are expected sometime in January and may appear as early as next week, when Intel is expected to formally introduce the chips and the CES expo opens to the public. Prices are unavailable for most, though the Fujitsu systems are set to cost the equivalent of $1,770 and $2,064 for the according Pi and Xi models. The Fujitsu models may receive parallel models through the LifeBook series in the US.