NEC isn't the only game in town updating its laptop line
pre-installed, as Sharp
is revamping its long-standing Mebius
lineup to include Microsoft's forthcoming OS as well as a few new pieces of hardware to boot. The 15.4-inch PC-WT70S houses a 1.6GHz AMD
Turion 64 X2 processor, 1,280 x 800 resolution, up to 2GB of RAM, 100GB hard drive, ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 graphics chipset, dual-layer DVD burner, PCMCIA, four USB 2.0 ports, FireWire, SD / xD card slots, 802.11b/g, Ethernet, audio in / out, VGA out, and a paltry 1.2-hours of rated battery life. The lower-spec'd PC-WE40S features most of the same kit as its bigger brother, but swaps in an AMD Mobile Sempron 3200+ CPU, 512MB of RAM, an 80GB hard drive, and promises an equally appalling 1.3-hours of longevity. Lastly, the 14.1-inch PC-CH40S (pictured after the break) retains most of the above components, but utilizes a 1,024 x 768 resolution on its marginally smaller screen, and manages to squeeze 2.5-hours out of its Li-ion battery. All three units should be ready to rock the day Windows Vista lands
later this month, and while the PC-WT70S will start around ¥170,000 ($1,411), both the PC-CH40S and PC-WE40S will demand ¥150,000 ($1,245) apiece.