With Sprint’s WiMAX-based next-generation 4G (well, officially it’s a 3G network) XOHM mobile broadband network officially up and running in Baltimore, the US is poised to see 2-4Mbps download speeds and 1-2Mbps upload speeds blanketing the nation. Sprint has finally started redefining themselves as the premier data-centric carrier in the US, and manufacturers are rallying to give mobile Sprint mobile broadband users a variety of options for WiMAX-enabled laptops.
Both Acer and Lenovo have both released WiMAX-enabled notebooks that are aimed at customers looking to sign up with Sprint’s 4G XOHM mobile broadband service.
The Acer Aspire 4930-6862 and Aspire 6930-6771 will be packing a 1280×800 14.1-inch display and 1366×768 16-inch LCD, respectively. Both laptops use Intel’s combination WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series chipset and sport the same 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor and 3GB of RAM. The Acer WiMAX-enabled laptops will run about $900.
Lenovo is jumping on board the XOHM bandwagon with a new lineup of Lenovo laptops that’ll be surfing those WiMAX airwaves in the near future. Lenovo is now offering WiMAX-connectivity options to their Lenovo X301, T400, Sl300 and SL500 laptops. The company plans to release Sprint XOHM connectivity options on their W500, W700, SL400 and X200 notebooks later this year, with plans to roll out the WiMAX option for the IdeaPad Y530. Like the Acer laptops, Lenovo’s hardware uses Intel’s WiMAX/Wi-Fi Link 5050 Series chipset to lock onto Sprint’s WiMAX-based 4G XOHM network. Lenovo’s WiMAX-enabled offerings start at $720.