Fujitsu's LifeBook N7010, the 16-inch notebook with a supplementary 4-inch touchscreen sub-display integrated above the keyboard, has begun shipping in the US and will begin shipping on December 26th in Japan. The notebook weighs a whopping 7.5lbs and measures close to 2-inches thick; in Japan, that space is used to squash water-cooling inside, but the US version does without. Both, however, have a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor, up to 4GB of memory, a 320GB hard-drive and a 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3470 graphics chip.
Fujitsu's LifeBook N7010 with its curious "Touch Zone" secondary display could be viewed as a gimmick or as a realistic productivity enhancement: a 4-inch touchscreen embedded above the notebook's keyboard, it offers users a secondary display for IM chats, toolbars or media. Laptop Mag spent some time with a pre-production N7010, and while they're not 100-percent convinced, the Fujitsu certainly seems to make some compelling arguments.
The U820 isn't the only fresh Fujitsu today with a touchscreen: the LifeBook N7010 is a regular 16-inch 16:9 notebook but it also has a 4-inch touchscreen embedded above the keyboard. This sub-display - which Fujitsu are calling the "Touch Zone" - can be treated as an extension of the main screen, with apps dragged 'down' to it, or be used as a toolbox for app controls or media playback buttons. Under the hood there's a Core 2 Duo P8400 processor running at 2.26GHz, ATI Radeon HD 3470 graphics with 256MB GDDR3, and a Blu-ray drive.
As monstrous beasts of laptops go, HP Voodoo's prototype Firefly certainly stomps its way near the top. Intended to demonstrate some of the innovation coming out of the hardcore gaming team, the Firefly pairs a 17.1-inch 1920 x 1200 main display with a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 sub-display underneath (similar to the Fujitsu N7010), together with Intel's 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, a pair of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs running in CrossFire mode, and a 7,200rpm 250GB hard drive. That's comfortably enough to run Far Cry 2 with its graphics set to max.