Finally It's the time for Thinkpad 6x series to go since it has been out for a few years now. Yes, the newcoming Thinkpad is still Thinkpad--you know that its design will rather be evolution than revolution and IdeaPad will still follow the same old design. What you are likely to get now is
X200 will be the successor of X61 with 0.8" think design likely to be the same footprint as X300 and more interestingly it will start at $1,199 with 11.6" by 8.3" by 0.73"-0.8" & only 2.93 lbs. I can't wait to see X200 Tablet here.
SL series will debut for small business section; from SL300 (13.3"), SL400 (14"), and SL500 (15"); $699-$1199 price range; HDMI, Blu-ray, 3G, and WiMAX as optional. I guess this would be in the same market as Dell Vostro series.
W series is another new series here separating form T series with an ability to switch back and forth between ATi Mobility FireGL and integrated one.
T400 and T500 will replace T61, similarly to W series w/o switchable graphic card.
R400 & R500 will be the budget series as same as R is.
For IdeaPad, there will be 4 new models as well. Quite a lot for Lenovo, huh?
U330 will be a bigger sibling of fabulous U110 with a little over 4 lbs and switchable graphic cards. Quite interesting really.
Y-series will unleash Y430, Y530 and Y730 as 14", 15" and 17" model respectively
They all are based on Intel Centrino 2 platform (aka. Montevina) which will utilize 1066 MT/s FSB and better RAM than DDR2-667 that we all have in Santa Rosa platform--that includes DDR2-800, DDR3-800, DDR3-1066, and DDR3-1333. It also will support DisplayPort--new digital display interface--along with full supplemental support of HDMI, DVI, and VGA standards and mini-PCIe adapter as well. For integrated graphic card, it will be X4500. We will see how this compete with AMD Puma platform. I bet Intel will win over everything but graphic card, which might be the most important factor. Stay tuned.
I don't know whether this would happen to you, but surely it happens to me quite a lot; let's say >5 times a day since Firefox download day. It was just closing itself or crash/freeze and needed restart the browser, esp. on particular web pages (Gmail and else) and more importantly on your tablet PC. There are a lot of Tablet PC user suffering from this issue, but then now solution is here now. Grab Firefox 3 nightly build--3.0.1-candidate, then this issue will be gone.
Some folks report this happen on one w/ Wacom Intuos3 as well. After update to this version, you will find yourself much more happy like you were with its predecessors.
AT&T might think that all folks aim to buy only iPhone 3G, then they need to lower Centro price a bit, $70, since monthly charge is more important in this game. I wonder if Palm would get less from dropping this subsidized price or not. It's just such a pain in the ass to compare cheap centro to Zire 21 which costs $20 more.
Damn, I can't believe PDA is dead, but MID is coming; ain't they the same? Why PDA just evolves to MID instead of dying like this?
I do understand that Palm has no creativity anymore, but to release new Color [Electric Blue, Wow!!] of Best-selling device, Centro, in Palm's world on the iPhone 3G day is such a bad idea of all time. Not only does no one care, but no one mentions that there is NEW color of Centro also.
From this price point, $99 w/ 2yr contract, I bet you can guess that this NEW color is tied to ONLY AT&T again. Why bother advertise this? Since you--Palm, Inc.--have Unlocked version for sell, then make it available for all color to boost your little margin, please.
Advertisement: No matter how bad Palm, Inc. is, I think Centro is the fastest smartphone available from Palm. It's really impressive for what they have done comparing to Treo700 and so on. It's just way tooooooo late, IMHO.
Eventually, Asus could not keep hiking the price of Eee up like gasoline. This will effect Eee 900 series on both Linux and Windows XP model. Though Intel Atom version will not included. I guess it's due to shortage supply as well. By the way, in practice, it doesn't seem that Atom performs much better than Celeron, so I don't think it will be an issue.
For the time being, Asus Eee PC 900 8.9" 16GB, 20GB SSD 1GB RAM Linux will cost you around $400 and $450 (after $100 mail-in rebate for some stores) respectively while Windows XP version will be $50 extra. Oddly, there is no price cut on Eee 700 series which means Eee 701 4GB is about $399 and 702 model (8 GB) is still $499. It seems like no one would buy 700 model intentionally =) By the way, I still expect to see either another $100 off for 700 models or fading out of this series pretty soon. If you are interesting in the King of Netbook, this is such a nice time to grab one. Every popular online stores I know have this in stock.
Nonetheless, $100 off of Eee 900 is yet to tell if Asus will be able to retain the crown since $399 with 8.9" Intel Celeron is almost the worst spec on paper. There are many arch rivals like Dell E, Acer Aspire One, and MSI Wind with this price tag and better spec. We will see how Asus is going to do with this.
Note: I just have a chance to see HP 2133 Mini-Note physically; it is such a toy!! I can believe that its keyboard looks really cheap--a lot cheaper than Eee PC, I must say.