Officially they won't exist until CES next week, but we know the truth.
So, a new year is upon us and, doubtless to the surprise of many, new products are popping up left right and centre. Catching my eye this first day back at work after the holidays (for some of us at least) is a slew of new notebooks from several manufacturers featuring the mobile Penryn processors expected to be announced some time this month. The details have been leaked just ahead of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Notebook Italia has the lowdown on the various systems which come from Sony, Acer and Fujitsu. Starting from the top, we have five new VAIOs slotting into the current range including the 13.3in SZ-series which will now offer a core 2 Duo T8100 Penryn processor, running at 2.1GHz on a 1066MHz FSB, X3100 and nVidia GeForce 8400 GS switchable graphics and so forth. A new AR-series will also sport Penryn chips, including the AR61S which will offer the T8100 or the AR61ZU offering a T8300 while both systems will still sport the Blu-ray drive and 8600M GT found on their predecessors.
Acer’s offerings are similarly numerous, with a purported eight new systems coming including the 12.1in Aspire 2920 which will boast a T8300 and is, of course, exactly the form factor most likely to benefit from the reduced power consumption of the new chips – although we’ll have to wait and see if that holds true. At the opposite end of the size scale is the Aspire 9920G which boasts an oddly lower clocked T8100 an HD friendly 1,920 x 1,200 screen and nVidia 8600M GT graphics.
Moving onto Fujitsu we see two systems, the Amilo Pi 2550 which boasts a T8300, 2GB DDR2 RAM, Mobility Radeon 2400 and a 15.4in screen. The second system, the Amilo Xi 2428 offers a faster T9300 running at 2.5GHz (still not the best Intel has to offer) the same sized 15.4in screen and the same 2GB DDR2 RAM. As with all the above systems, various similar, but differently specified models will doubtless become available soon after Penry launches during CES. Other manufacturers will doubtless make good with their own offerings at the same time, if you’re looking for a new notebook you might want to wait a couple of weeks.