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
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
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.