Sony passed a notebook called the PCG-3111L through the FCC today. This model number doesn’t tell us much, however the device’s test report shows the use of a VGP-AC19V32 AC adapter – the same adapter used for Sony’s existing Z Series notebooks.
Specs on the PCG-3111L are hard to come by, but we do know that the device will rock a Gobi2000 processor from Qualcomm for worldwide 3G connectivity and GPS. The PCG-3111L will also have an optical drive, suggesting that it won’t be the smallest notebook on the block.
Toshiba’s NB line of netbooks has been well received. Their current model, the NB200 has won editor’s choice awards from Laptop Mag and PC Mag. Today, Toshiba passed their upcoming netbook, the NB300, through the FCC. While there isn’t much info available in FCC filings, what we do see looks good.
Like the NB200, the NB300 will have a 10.1 inch screen. However, Toshiba upgrades the NB300 with Qualcomm’s Gobi2000 chipset, giving the device broad coverage of 3G bands, including EVDO, WCDMA/HSPA, as well as CDMA2000 and EDGE. The Gobi2000 features GPS as well, an added plus for the navigationally challenged.
Judging from label pics of the NB300, the device will be about the same size as the NB200. Other than that, there’s not much else to report on. Toshiba hasn’t formally announced the NB300, and the filing today seems a bit too late for a Christmas release. But if the NB300 comes out in 2010, it may feature an Intel Atom PineView, which will definitely be worth the wait.
This notebook from Sony passed through the FCC today, thanks to a filing by Atheros. According to label pics, this device is known as the PCG-21212L. The test report further shows that the base model for this device is PCG-2121, with the next two characters varying based on the device’s specs.
The test report of the PCG-21212L shows that the device will feature 3G WWAN powered by a Qualcomm Gobi2000. The device will also have 802.11 b/g/n WiFi from Atheros, as well as Bluetooth.
FCC documents don’t give us much more info about the PCG-21212L, and as far as we can tell this is a yet-to-be-released notebook from Sony. The test report does note that the device uses Sony VGP-BPL18 and VPG-BPS18 batteries, however. To this point, these batteries have been used exclusively for Sony Vaio W series netbooks, so this may actually be another netbook model from Sony.
Qualcomm passed their Gobi2000 wireless module through the FCC today. The device promises users global 3G with support for a broad range of wireless standards, including GSM/EDGE, CDMA/EVDO and WCDMA/HSPA, in both US and international bands. That’s a huge benefit for globetrotting business users. The Gobi2000 also packs in GPS capabilities, as well.
Lenovo has already announced that the Gobi2000 will be available in X, T and W Series ThinkPads, and other laptop vendors such as HP are expected to follow suit.
Gobi2000 laptops are expected to arrive in early 2010.