We love skinny electronics and laptops are no exception to this rule. While the Apple MacBook Air takes on a teardrop-style profile, a new slim notebook from NEC is taking the totally flat approach. More specifically, the newly announced NEC VersaPro UltraLite Type VC laptop features what NEC calls a “full flat” design.
I am not 100% sure about this, but I fathom that this laptop will be quite slim and take on a form factor that is, well, perfectly flat. It won’t have a teardrop-style profile where the back is thicker than the front. Instead, it’s relatively the same thickness throughout. This might make packing it into a bag a little easier. Taking a look at the specs, there is a slight different between the front and the back, however, as the thickness varies from 25 to 29.8mm.
The rest of the features place the VersaPro UltraLite Type VC laptop in line with other portability-minded computers. It gets powered by a surprisingly weak 1.2GHz Intel Celeron 723 processor and an Intel GS45 Express chipset, backed up by 1GB of RAM, 80GB hard drive, 4 USB ports, WiFi, Windows Vista Business, and a 12.1-inch WXGA display.
If you’d prefer, NEC will swap Vista out for Windows XP Professional. There are also options for a solid state drive or a different battery, though the standard battery is enough to give you an impressive 12.5 hours of life. I guess that partly explains the implementation of the slower Celeron processor, though a single gig of RAM might not be enough to adequately power Vista Business.
Look for this “full flat” ultramobile notebook to go on sale in Japan next month for about $1600.