Compaq has added a sub notebook to its Aero range of mobile Windows CE based range aimed at business users.
The Aero 8000, which is described as a "desktop companion", has instant on/off capabilities, a 25.4 cm (10 inch) 800x600 SVGA colour screen and a full size keyboard.
It weighs around 1.3 kg (2.9 pounds) and has up to 13 hours of battery life. The system is powered by a 64bit 128MHz Hitachi SH4 processor, up to 64Mbyte of Sdram and has a Trackpad pointing device and touch button voice recording and playback.
In addition, the notebook has an embedded smartcard reader/writer for added security. Access to the device can be limited to users that have the authorised smart card reader, a password or both.
The machine also has an internal 56Kbps modem and optional extensions for wireless Lan and telecoms via a mobile phone.
Kasper Rorsted, vice president of Compaq's PC products and ecommerce group, commented: "Providing the best features of a handheld - lightweight, ultra portable, instant on/off - with a large screen, full size keyboard, and unsurpassed security and durability, the Aero 8000 is the ideal solution for today's increasingly mobile workforce."
The Aero 8000 will be available in the UK later this quarter priced at £1,076 (€1,654)
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