That sequel has shown up at the FCC in the US. It’s very similar to the past P-series models, with updated chipsets (including a major graphics chipset update) and CPUs.
The users manual is included at the FCC site.
Both Windows XP Tablet PC and Vista are mentioned in the manual, and there are two CPU choices, both still Ultra Low Voltage (ULV).
Specifications from the FCC Test model and manual:
– Intel Core 2 Duo ULV SU9400 (1.4GHz, 3MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
– Intel Core 2 Duo ULV Su9300 (1.2GHz, 3MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
– Mobile Intel GS45 Express Chipset with ICH9-M Controller
– Intel GMA X4500 Graphics (up to 384MB Shared Memory)
– 8.9″ WXGA LED-Backlit display (1280×768)
– Intel 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless (Intel 5300)
– Optional Atheros XSPan
– Minimum 1GB, Maximum 2GB DDR2 667MHz SDRAM (1 slot)
– 1.8″ shock-mounted 120GB HDD
– Realtek Codec ALC269 HD Audio
– Bluetooth v2.1
– Fingerprint reader
– Secure Digital (SD) card reader
– 1x Type I/II PCMCIA slot
– 1.3MP Webcam
– 2x USB 2.0 ports
– Modem/LAN Ports (LAN is Gigabit)
Given the rise of netbooks with similar sized screens, it’ll be interesting to see where the pricing is at. The P1630 does offer features that netbooks can’t/don’t currently offer, such as: fingerprint reader, PCMCIA slot, built-in modem, port replicator (FPCPR56 which was also tested by the FCC), and the convertible display (some have done it, but it’s pricey). More importantly, it has a more powerful CPU than the Intel Atoms.