December 11, 2006 8:32 AM PST
HP, Cingular make a laptop connection
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The HP Compaq nc6400 Notebook PC, with built-in WWAN (wireless wide-area network) connectivity, went on sale Monday for about $1,599. WWAN-capable devices can connect to the Internet via cell phone towers. The HP Compaq nc6400 is one of the first laptops to be compatible with Cingular Wireless' UMTS/HSDPA-technology. For the notebook's WWAN connectivity to work, users must subscribe to an EDGE network or Cingular's 3G network.
The notebook, which weighs about 5.1 pounds, also has an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity, a 14.1-inch screen and a privacy filter. The notebook PC is Windows Vista-compatible, though minor hardware upgrades might be necessary in order for full Vista features to work on it, according to HP specs. The laptop will most likely be a competitor to the Dell Latitude D620 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Z60t.
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