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SHARP DEBUTS 4-POUND PC - SIZE OF A STANDARD NOTEBOOK

SHARE SHARP DEBUTS 4-POUND PC - SIZE OF A STANDARD NOTEBOOK

Sharp Electronics Corp. has introduced in the United States and Europe a new notebook-size portable personal computer powerful enough to perform a full range of desktop functions.

The new portable computer, called PC-6220, weighs only four pounds, including its battery unit, measures 8.5 by 11 inches and is only 1.4 inches thick, the size of a standard notebook, the manufacturer said.Sharp priced the PC-6220, to be available in the United States and Western Europe in June, just below $4,000, or about 10 percent cheaper than its nearest competitors, the line of portable computers manufactured by Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp.

"The PC-6220 is a competitive product for three reasons," said Bob Levin, products manager at Sharp Electronics. "Its weight and size make it the lightest portable with the full range of desktop abilities on the market, while it offers the highest-quality screen display and has the ability to expand its functions through a wide range of cards."

The IBM-compatible PC-6220 is equipped with a hard drive which allows the loading of an array of sophisticated programs, from word processing to spreadsheets.

"What we are introducing is the next generation of portable computers," Levin said.