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News from NET and COM '99

  • Sony Notebook PC Selling at Low Price: Nikkei PC Survey
  • February 5, 1999 (TOKYO) — Sony Corp.’s PCG-777/BP A4-size notebook PC is being sold at a very low introductory price of 199,800 yen (US$1,780), according to a survey conducted by Nikkei Personal Computing on Jan. 31.
    The survey covers the prices of personal computers sold at leading PC specialty shops in Tokyo’s Akihabara and Shinjuku districts.

    New notebook PCs from Fujitsu Ltd. and Sony were put on sale from Jan. 30. They are among the new PCs available for the spring sales campaign.

    The PCG-777/BP has a 266MHz MMX Pentium microprocessor, a 12.1-in. thin film transistor-liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD), and a CD-ROM drive. Microsoft Corp.’s Word 98 and Excel 97 also come with the notebook.

    The PCG-881/BP, Sony’s high-end notebook PC with a 266MHz Pentium II microprocessor, is priced at 248,000 yen (US$2,210). And the PCG-885 model, which comes with a 13.3-in. TFT-LCD is sold at 298,000 yen (US$2,660), but it doesn’t include business application software.

    Among the thin-type PCG-505 line, the new 505S computer is priced at 198,000 yen (US$1,770). The 505SX, the high-end model of the series, is scheduled to be available from Feb. 13. It comes with a 10.4-in. poly-silicon TFT-LCD with a resolution of 1,024 x 768 dots. The 505RX, an earlier model with the same LCD panel, is priced at 248,000 yen (US$2,210), or 30,000 yen less than a week before.

    Fujitsu is offering two new notebook models. The FMV-BIBLO NEIX26 (with Microsoft Word), which has a Celeron 266MHz microprocessor and a 12.1-in. TFT-LCD, is priced at 248,000 yen. And the FMV-BIBLO NEIX26X (with Microsoft Word), which comes with a Pentium II 266PEMHz microprocessor and a 13.3-in. TFT-LCD, is offered at 298,000 yen.

    Details of the survey are available at Nikkei Personal Computing’s Web site, in Japanese.

    Related story: Prices of Older PC Models Declining, Nikkei PC Survey Says

    (Nikkei Personal Computing)

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