Standard 3G’s barely managed to sink its teeth into the laptop market, but it could soon be overshadowed by its successor – Super 3G laptops from Dell and Lenovo will be hitting the UK by summer 2006.
Otherwise known memorably as HSPDA, the new tech is expected to be three or four times faster than existing 3G connectivity and will be rolled out gradually across the UK in the second half of this year.
We reported two weeks ago on Acer’s laptops with embedded 3G and HSPDA upgradeability, and now Dell and little known Lenovo have both signed deals with Vodafone to follow suit.
Lenovo has the more concrete plans of the two. It’s revealed that its ThinkPad T60 (above) and X60 notebooks, out this spring, will both offer built-in 3G with the capacity for upgrading to Super 3G when it becomes available.
Looking to gazump its plans, however, will be Dell. Its currently unspecified models will also be ready to host a Super 3G party – and really, do shindigs get any better? – out of the box by the end of June.
The problem for both will be that Super 3G networks are highly unlikely to be ready when their shiny, mega speed lappies hit the stores. This means that buying one will initially only give you the warm satisfaction of knowing its connectivity is future-proofed – the faster wireless web access will have to wait ‘til later.
Acer's 3G laptops