Gateway 2000 is to launch a super-portable notebook in the UK within weeks - its latest offering in the increasingly competitive notebook market.
According to a US report, the forthcoming Solo 5100 series boasts a 14.1-inch active matrix display and weighs in at 6.6 pounds. It is based on a 233MHz Pentium MMX Processor, has a 4Gbytes hard drive and a 20-speed CD-Rom drive.
?The emphasis is very much on its portability,? said Donagh O?Byrne, a UK representative. ?The 5100 is slim and light at under three kilos, but still has a large screen.?
O?Byrne could not confirm the exact specification or the price, though it is understood that US prices will start at around $2,999, rising to $4,199 for the high end Solo 5100XL, which will offer 48Mbytes of synchronous Dram memory.
The 5100 will join the Solo 2300 and Solo 9100 in Gateway?s notebook line. Sitting between these existing products, Gateway is targeting the new models at 'road warriors', or people who need fully functional notebook computers on the road, such as sales reps.
?Though the 9100 is a very good machine, it is becoming a little heavy. This is where the 5100 comes in,? added O?Byrne.
A Dataquest analyst noted that Gateway was responding to the intense competition that now exists in the notebook market. ?Gateway has only been active in Europe for three or four years, and has a small market share. It has been looking to increase this and the launch of this product means that it now has a very comprehensive notebook range.?
The notebook market, which is presently dominated by Toshiba, is growing at around 15 per cent a year in Europe, and currently accounts for 15 per cent of the total PC sector.
The Solo 5100 will be launched in the UK in mid-February and in early March in the rest of Europe.
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