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New Acer Aspire to feature built-in Wimax

Wireless laptop to launch in the US this year

Acer is to launch an Acer Aspire laptop with a built-in WiMax module and plans to sell it in the US through Sprint Nextel and other companies.

The Acer Aspire 5920 is already being manufactured by laptop contract maker Quanta Computer and could be available by the end of this year.

The laptop will be sold along with a WiMax service in a manner similar to the way mobile phones are sold along with service packages, said Trisha Pan, a product marketing manager at Acer, on the sidelines of a WiMax news conference in Taipei.

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Intel is also buying some of the laptops for testing, said Pan. The laptops will be made available to all WiMax network operators. They won't be out until Sprint or other companies start selling the devices with their WiMax services

Pricing will depend on service plans. The company will reveal more details about the laptop after it officially launches, Pan said.

WiMax is a wireless technology aimed at delivering broadband internet services without wires to devices everywhere. It's viewed as the successor to Wi-Fi.

Everex Systems showed off a new low-cost laptop PC, the CloudBook Max, at the CTIA Wireless 2008 trade show in Las Vegas early this month, also aimed at Sprint Nextel's Xohm WiMax wireless broadband network.

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