IBM will launch a range of ThinkPads today, featuring a three-in-one drive design.
The "all-in-one" notebooks include a built-in hard drive, floppy drive and CD-ROM drive which eliminates the need for users to continually swap drives.
The 380 ThinkPad series will come in three different models and will include 150MHz versions of Intel's Pentium MMX technology.
Also included in the design will be a 12.1 inch dual scan display, a 1Gb hard drive and an advanced nickel metal hydride battery, sources said.
Costing between #1,500 and #2,700, the ThinkPads are aimed at the corporate market.
The higher-end corporate version, the ThinkPad 380D, will be equipped with a 12.1 inch TFT display, a 2.1Gb hard drive, an eight-speed CD-ROM drive and a lithium ion battery. US sources say at least one of the ThinkPad 380D configurations will be loaded with Windows NT 4.0 and power management capabilities. Pete Bragg, ThinkPad marketing manager for IBM in the UK, said the UK versions will be loaded with Windows 95 only. "They will support NT, though, like all our notebooks."
Bragg added that the new range is building on the current designs. "Unlike some other vendors, we don't drag out our lines until they die. The 365 is due a refresh," he said.
With the introduction of the new range, IBM plans to reposition its current ThinkPad 365 series as its entry level notebook. The range will continue to be manufactured this year and then gradually phased out in 1998.
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