Fujitsu to sell notebooks without hard drives

— 10:15 AM on October 13, 2006

Following in the footsteps of Samsung, which announced plans to offer mobile systems with flash memory instead of hard drives earlier this year, Fujitsu now intends to introduce Lifebook Q- and Lifebook B-series notebooks similarly devoid of mechanical storage. Digital World Tokyo says the machines will feature a choice of either a 16GB or 32GB Samsung solid-state disk, the same disks that are already used by Samsung in its own flash-based systems. The 16GB and 32GB SSDs will add a hefty ¥80,000 ($669) and ¥160,000 ($1,337) to the Fujitsu notebooks' price tags, respectively.

On the upside, Fujitsu says the flash-based notebooks will enjoy between 15 and 30 minutes of additional battery life compared to their brethren with conventional hard drives. The machines will boot quicker, as well: Fujitsu quotes a 19-second start-up time for the flash-based B-series machine compared to 32 seconds for a similar hard drive-based model. The B system is scheduled to become available late this month, while the Q model will follow in November.

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