Gateway LT3100 netbook features 11.6-inch screen, AMD processor

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Gateway (now owned by Acer) hops on the 11.6-inch LCD screen bandwagon (started by Acer) with the LT3100 netbook. Unlike Acer, however, this one’s got a — GASP! — AMD chip?

Yes, that’s right. The LT3100 features a single-core AMD Athlon 64 L110 CPU running at 1.2 GHz, ATI Radeon X1270 graphics, and 2GB of memory. The screen has a 1366×768 resolution.

Pricing will start at $399 (MSRP), so the machine falls into the same category as Acer’s current 11.6-inch offering, the Atom-based Aspire One 751. The LT3100 weighs in at 3.14 pounds and measures about an inch thick.

From the looks of the press release, this model comes standard with a six-cell battery which is good for up to five hours. With some Atom-based netbooks clearing the eight hour mark when equipped with a six-cell battery, let’s hope that Gateway’s AMD version packs a little more wallop to make up for the somewhat-shortened battery life.

The LT3100 comes in black and red, presumably available now or in the very near future as no far-off release date has been specified. Here’s the full press release:

Gateway’s First 11.6-inch Netbook Delivers Functionality, Performance

Customers Can Stay in Touch, Do More with Large Display, Performance-Boosting AMD Athlon Processor, Full-Size Keyboard

IRVINE, Calif., June 23, 2009 – Gateway today introduced the Gateway LT3100 netbook, the company’s first with a productivity-boosting high-definition 11.6-inch display. Complementing the new display are features that equip customers to do more with their netbook, including wireless connectivity and an AMD Athlon Processor. Weighing only 3.14 pounds and measuring about an inch thick, the Gateway LT3100 sports a sleek and compact design that can be taken anywhere.

Savvy mobile customers who are always on the move can stay in touch and connected using the new Gateway LT3100. Compact and easy to use, it is an ideal netbook for customers who want a reliable WiFi 802.11b/g wireless connection to the Internet to stay up-to-date on emails, post updates on social networks and enjoy online entertainment. Students and small business customers can use it for conducting online research, reviewing materials for class and communicating with colleagues.

Customers can do more with their new Gateway LT3100 netbook. The device’s Ultrabright™ high-definition widescreen display is a large 11.6 inches, providing increased screen real estate to view Internet sites as well as multiple applications and windows. As a result, customers can avoid extensive vertical and horizontal scrolling and can more easily move between windows for a better overall experience. The display on the new netbook line is LED-backlit and features an entertainment-enhancing 16:9 ratio and 1366 x 768 (WXGA) pixel resolution, so images on it are incredibly clear and crisp. Plus, the larger display size made room for a full-size keyboard, so even typing is easier.

“The Gateway LT3100 is a smart netbook choice – it gives customers the freedom to connect to the Internet for everything from staying up-to-date on the latest viral videos and enjoying digital music and photos, to checking on the status of projects and studying for classes,” said Ray Sawall, senior product marketing manager for Acer America. “At the same time, it delivers reliable mobile communications. Customers get the larger-sized 11.6-inch display along with enhanced netbook performance, so they can do even more while on the go.”

The Gateway LT3100 netbook delivers a heightened level of performance and usability thanks to its AMD Athlon 64 L110 Single-Core processor and ATI Radeon™ X1270 Graphics for enhanced performance when browsing websites, downloading music, moving through applications and handling multiple tasks. Ready for customers who want to take their digital media and files with them, the Gateway LT3100 netbook models will feature up to 2GB of DDR2 memory and up to a 250GB(1) internal hard drive. Available with a 6-cell battery, the LT3100 netbooks provide battery life of up to five hours.(2)

Customers can capture moments on the go in video with the integrated webcam. With it, consumers have an easy way to document their adventures in video, record video emails and enhance communication with “face-to-face” video-conferencing. It captures smooth video and high-quality images even in low-light conditions. Plus, the built-in digital microphone conveys excellent voice quality, keeping background noise levels low and minimizing echoes. Consumers will enjoy audio with the Dolby Headphones and two built-in stereo speakers.

The Gateway LT3100 netbook further enhances productivity with its Multi-Gesture Touchpad. Unique movements on the touchpad let users intuitively move through Internet sites and digital media. For example, customers can make an inward or outward pinching motion to naturally zoom in and out on photos. Customers can move two fingers horizontally to flip through photos, web pages and PDF documents. Also, customers can swirl their fingers in a circular motion to scroll through web pages, long lists of files and music playlists.

The sophisticated design of the new Gateway LT3100 notebook gives it a fashionable look and feel. The glossy chassis is punctuated with a subtle yet defining Gateway engraved logo and modern silver trim and is available in both NightSky Black and Cherry Red. Sleek and comfortable to hold and use with an incredibly portable form factor, the LT3100 has a starting weight of 3.14 pounds. The LT3100 measures only about an inch thick, so it neatly fits in a backpack or purse.

The Gateway LT3100’s ports make it easy to connect to peripherals such as printers, a display and consumer electronics such as digital cameras. It has an impressive three USB 2.0 ports for ample ways to connect as well as Ethernet and VGA ports. Plus, it features a multi-in-one digital card reader for accepting popular digital media cards.

Pricing, Availability and Configurations
The new Gateway LT3100 is available in several configurations at a starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $399.99. A sample configuration follows:

Gateway LT3103u

  • AMD Athlon™ 64 Single-Core Processor L110 (1.20 GHz, 512KB L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB)
  • 11.6-inch WXGA High Definition LED back-lit display (1364 x 768 resolution and 16:9 ratio)
  • 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM Single Channel Memory
  • Integrated ATI Radeon™ X1270 Graphics
  • 250GB SATA 5400RPM Hard Drive(1)
  • Multi-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
  • 802.11b/g Wi-Fi CERTIFIED®
  • Integrated Web Camera
  • Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Three USB 2.0 Ports
  • 6-cell Li-ion Battery
  • 11.26W x 7.99D x 1.03H inches
  • NightSky Black
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Basic with Service Pack 1
  • One-Year Standard Warranty
  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $399.99

The Gateway LT3100 netbook line comes with additional preinstalled software including Microsoft Works with Office Home and Student 2007 Trial, Gateway Recovery Management, Adobe® Reader®, and Norton Internet Security™ 2009 Trial.

Gateway LT Series [Gateway.com]

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