Intel officially released its 300MHz mobile Pentium II processor last week and as expected the news was accompanied by a flurry of product announcements from PC manufacturers. Compaq was quick off the mark to announce its machines based on the new chip (see PC Week 8 September), closely followed by Toshiba with news of the Tecra 8000 which will be available in 233MHz, 266MHz and 300MHz flavours. More unusual, however, is Toshiba's Portege 7010CT. This is a super thin offering which incorporates the 300MHz processor but is just 25mm thick. The machine's lid is made from magnesium which is stronger than plastic but also very light and much better at dispersing heat. Offering a higher specification than HP's super-thin Sojourn, the 7010CT comes with 32Mb of RAM which can be expanded to 160Mb and a 3.8Gb hard drive. The machine will offer a 12.1in screen and will come with a DVD drive as standard and MPEG II capabilities. The new Portege will be available from the end of September. No price has yet been decided. Prices for the new Tecras will start at #1,795. Gateway announced last week that it will offer the 300MHz Pentium II in several new machines immediately. The Solo 2500SE will feature 64Mb of RAM, a 4Gb hard drive and 13.3in screen for #1,999 and the high-end Solo 9100 S6-300 XL will give users 96Mb of RAM, a 14.1in display and an 8.1Gb hard drive as well as a K56Flex modem for #2,899. Intel will launch a 333MHz mobile Pentium II in the first quarter of 1999, followed by a mobile version of the Celeron processor featuring performance boosting on-die second level cache some time in the first half of next year. Toshiba 01932 828 828 Gateway 0800 55 2000.
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