Notebook overhaul on the horizon

Five years from now, the desktop will probably look pretty much like it does today, but the notebook will likely be smaller and lighter, capable of making cellular calls on its own and running on methane.

Component development projects under way portend fairly substantial changes in notebook design, according to executives and analysts. Fuel cells and battery enhancements, which will let notebooks run three to 10 times longer without a recharge, will begin to appear by late 2004.

Smaller hard drives and screens will also likely lead to some changes in the classic notepad shape for some models. Multiband wireless communications, where notebooks drift from cellular to Wi-Fi to back, will be common.

News source: ZDNet

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