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  • Sharp to Sell Thin Notebook PCs to Rival Sony's Vaio
  • May 22, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Sharp Corp. will start selling a thin, light portable notebook personal computer on June 6 that aims to rival Sony Corp.'s Vaio.
    Sharp's new model is only 21.2 mm thick when closed and weights 1.37 kilograms, including a battery.

    A spokesman for Sharp said the Mebius Note PJ (PC-PJ1) (See chart.) is a B5-sized machine with a 233MHz MMX Pentium, 64MB of main memory and a 3.2GB hard disk drive.

    It also has an 11.2-in. thin-film transistor liquid-crystal display (TFT-LCD) and is priced at 385,000 yen (US$2,830).

    Magnesium alloy was used to make part of the computer, which targets Sony's PC Vaio notebook in its look and specifications.

    Sharp corporate senior executive director Isamu Washizuka said at a press conference that sales of desktop PCs LCD monitors and thin, light portable note PCs would grow in 1998. He stressed that the desktop with LCD monitor marketed on May 11 and the Mebius Note PJ would be the two pillar products for his company.

    The external floppy disk drive, a standard accessory included in the package, has the PS/2 mouse parallel and serial interfaces. The floppy can also be used as a port replicator.

    The battery installed inside the computer can last 2.5 hours and the CE-BL03 battery, priced at 28,000 yen (US$200), can last about 8.5 hours when installed on the back of the machine.

    Chart: Mebius Note PJ (PC-PJ1)

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    Updated: Thu May 21 20:30:59 1998