In October 1989, NEC announced the PC-9801N under the nickname of "98NOTE". This was an A4-binder-sized notebook computer with a weight of 2.9 kilograms.
- It employed the V30, a 16-bit microprocessor, as its CPU (clock frequency 10MHz, no-wait). It achieved greater compactness and lighter weight -- with A4 binder size (height 253mm x width 316mm x thickness 44mm) and a weight of 2.9 kilograms -- by using a slim-type floppy disk drive, liquid crystal display, keyboard and custom LSI.
- It was equipped with a 1-megabyte 3.5-inch floppy drive, and a 1.25-megabyte RAM drive (memory capacity equivalent to a single floppy disk drive), so it could be used in the same way as models equipped with two floppy disk drives.
- It was equipped with a liquid crystal display with backlight, capable of displaying 640 by 400 dots, with 8 colors per dot.
- It was equipped standard with 640 kilobytes of user memory, and could accommodate a 2-megabyte RAM card compatible with EMS (Expanded Memory Specifications). This made it possible to also use large applications.