March 14, 1997 6:00 PM ET
NEC to slash prices on Versa notebooks
By Mark Moore

  NEC Computer Systems Division on Monday will announce price cuts of up to 15 percent on the high-end Versa 6050 Series of notebooks, which are based on Intel Corp.'s 150MHz Pentium with the MMX chip.

The Mountain View, Calif., subsidiary of Packard Bell NEC Inc. will slash prices on the Versa 6050MH from $4,699 to $3,999 as well as on the Versa 6050MX, which has been reduced from $5,199 to $4,699. Both systems have been shipping since Jan. 6, when Intel launched the MMX-enhanced processors, according to sources close to NEC.

The Versa 6050MH includes a 150MHz MMX processor, a 12.1-inch TFT (thin-film-transistor) display with Super VGA resolution, a 1.44GB hard disk drive, 16MB of RAM, a 10-speed CD-ROM drive and a built-in 33.6K-bps voice/data/fax modem.

The Versa 6050MX also features a 150MHz MMX processor, 16MB of RAM, a 10-speed CD-ROM drive and a built-in 33.6K-bps voice/data/fax modem. In addition, the notebook is equipped with a 12.1-inch TFT display with XGA resolution and a 2.1GB hard disk drive.

NEC Computer Systems Division is expected to announce in June an ultraportable that is less than 1.5-inches thick and weighs less than 5 pounds. The unit, which is expected to be priced at less than $4,000, will come in both 150MHz and 166MHz MMX configurations, sources said.

NEC officials declined to comment.

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