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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