Samsung's Q35 and R55 - Image courtesy Akihabara News
New Core 2 Duo notebooks announced by Dell, Toshiba, Samsung and Alienware

Now that Intel has officially launched its Core 2 Duo processors for mobile platforms, notebook manufacturers are scrambling to release new products based on the chip. Core 2 Duo processors bring 64-bit functionality to Intel's mobile platform and all Core 2 Duo processors will feature virtualization technology.

Dell announced today that it is adding Core 2 Duo processor options to all of its mobile XPS systems and Precision mobile workstations. Dell will also make Core 2 Duo processors available on select Inspiron and Latitude models. The Core 2 Duo processors will be available in the low-end starting with the Inspiron E1705 at $1,124 going on up to the XPS M2010 which will start at $3,500 when configured with a Core 2 Duo processor.

Toshiba is also adding a new member to its mobile family with the new Qosmio G35-AV660. The Qosmio G35-AV660 features a Core 2 Duo T2700 processor (2.0GHz), 2GB of memory, a GeForce Go 7600 GPU, 17" WUXGA screen with TruBrite technology, dual 120GB 5400RPM hard drives, an HD DVD/DVD-SuperMulti drive and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. The Qosmio G35-AV660 weighs in at a hefty 10.1 pounds and retails for $3,499.

Samsung has also entered the Core 2 Duo fray with its Q35 and R55. The Q35 packs a Core 2 Duo T5600 (1.83GHz) processor into a small 12.1" frame and includes an 80GB SATA hard drive, 1GB of RAM and integrated video. The larger 15.4" R55 also features the T5600, 80GB hard drive and 1GB of RAM, but it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GPU to handle graphics duties.

Not to be left out, Alienware has announced that its 17" Area-51 m5750, 15.4" Area-51 m5550 and 14.1" Sentia m3450 will all have the option of Intel Core 2 Duo processors. "Given Alienware's legacy reputation for cutting edge speed and performance, Intel Core 2 Duo processor technology is helping quench our mobile customers' thirst for more speed and power. Whether it's playing the latest games, staying in touch on the road or watching favorite movies and music anywhere on campus, the superior dual-core performance and increased battery flexibility of these enhanced notebooks truly underscore Alienware as the mobile brand of choice for a growing number of consumers," said Mark Vena, Alienware's VP of Marketing.

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