Mobile Buzz at Comdex
Although most of the interesting mobile products at Comdex already will have been announced before the trade show starts, there will still be plenty of interesting things to see at the Las Vegas show. eWEEK.com Mobile Devices Center Editor Rob Enderle teAlthough most of the interesting mobile products at Comdex Las Vegas 2003 already will have been announced before the trade show starts, there will still be plenty of interesting things to see at the show. Two prominent vendors will have coming-out parties, the most powerful vendor in the PC segment will showcase its newfound consumer electronic strength, and the hottest laptop on the floor wont even be on the floorproviding the show with some extra drama. And not to be left out, the dominant software vendor will redefine how we interact with our mobile devices, again. There will be new form factors; this will be the first time youll see the new performance category of notebooks. These notebooksranging from around $1,700 to nearly $3,000sport 17-inch wide aspect ratio screens, desktop processors and performance that will toast 95 percent of the desktop machines on the market eight months ago. This also will be your chance to see the new productivity class of notebook computers, with 15-inch wide aspect screens, Pentium M processors, about a third less weight than the monsters above, and a better balance of performance and battery life. Pricing for these ranges from $1,400 to $2,500. Youll also see the second generation of Tablet Computerswhich mark a significant improvement over the initial crippled productswith processors that have both good performance and good battery life (as compared to the first generation where you had to choose between the two). Prices remain above $1,800 for the preferred clamshell form factor.
Next weeks show will be a coming-out party for the new HP and the new Gateway. HP has released hundreds of new products over the last few months and will be showcasing them collectively for the first time at the show. This will be your first chance to see notebook products that blend the design skills of the Compaq and HP shops as well as the impressive number of accessories now offered by the company. Watch out for my favorite: a vertical scanner that looks more like it should come from Apple than from HP.