Compaq has announced the Armada 7800 notebook, based on Intel's 266MHz Mobile Pentium II processor, and implementing AGP for 66MHz video and graphics performance.
A new DriveLock security feature protects data by adding password protection to the hard drive ROM, not the system ROM, allowing protection to stay with the drive. There is also a new desktop expansion base, the ArmadaStation II, which has complete forward and backward compatibility with the Armada 7000 products, including a new USB port.
The Armada 7800 includes 64MB of DRAM, expanable to 160MB; an integrated S3 ViRGE/MX 64-bit graphics controller with 4MB of SGRAM; 5GB Smart hard drive in the MultiBay; integrated AC adapter; 13.3in TFT display; and a 20x CD-ROM with dual speakers. It has a Li-ion battery and the notebook weighs between 3.6-4kg, depending on configuration.
Volume shipments of the Armada 7800 will begin in early May, with a RRP of $10,495 for the Windows 95 model with internal 33.6Kbps modem.