On Thursday, computer manufacturer Acer said it will ship the world’s second laptop computer that supports HD-DVD, just weeks after Toshiba released in Japan the first computer that plays the next-generation optical discs, The Register reports.
The company says its Aspire 9800 will not ship with HD-DVD drives immediately when they’re released in May, but the drives should be available shortly after the release, according to The Register.
The Aspire 9800 will include a 20.1-inch, 1,680-by-1,050 CristalBrite display that is to be fed by embedded analogue and digital television tuners as well as the upcoming HD-DVD drive, The Register reports. It will also come with a 1.3-megapixel webcam dubbed the “Orbicam,” according to The Register.
The laptop will be able to connect to an HD-TV via a DVI-D port, and it can play HDCP-protected video, The Register reports.
An Intel Core Duo processor, a Nvidia GeForce Go 7600 GPU with 256MB for video memory, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0 will ship with the machine, according to The Register.
The Aspire 9800 has the capacity for two SATA hard drives, so users can kit out the machine with as much as 240GB of unformatted storage, The Register reports.
For related news coverage, read Toshiba Launches 1st HD-DVD Player in Japan.
Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.