NEC unwraps QXGA notebook

NEC Corp. unveiled Monday a new model in its Versa Pro notebook computer line-up and claimed a world first by fitting the machine with a QXGA (2,048 pixel by 1,536 pixel) resolution LCD (liquid crystal display) panel.

With such a high resolution screen -- four times the resolution of the standard XGA (1,024 pixel by 768 pixel) resolution found on most notebook computers -- NEC is aiming the notebook at users that require the ability to do graphics, computer animation and design or desktop publishing.

The screen is not just high-resolution but large as well, measuring 15 inches (37.5 centimeters) in diagonal size, which is the same size as low-end flat-panel desktop monitors. It is a step up from the 15-inch SVGA (1,600 pixel by 1,200 pixel) resolution display available on the previous top-of-the-line Versa Pro computer.

The computer is based on a 2GHz version of Intel Corp.'s Mobile Pentium 4 processor and is available through NEC's build-to-order program. A typical configuration, including 128M bytes of DDR (double data rate) SDRAM (synchronous dynamic RAM), ATI Technologies Inc. Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics card, 20G-byte hard disk drive, 24X CD-ROM drive and Windows XP Professional, costs ¥450,000 (AUD$6,680).

It's not just your wallet that will feel the effects of such a large display. The machine is larger and heavier than most competing laptops, measuring 32.7 centimeters (cm) wide by 27.9 cm deep by 4.8 cm tall and weighing 3.8 kilograms.

At the same time, NEC also released a lower specification machine, the Versa Pro R, with a lower resolution XGA 15-inch LCD panel and either a Mobile Celeron III or Mobile Pentium III processor. A typical configuration with a 1.06 GHz Mobile Celeron III processor and 128M bytes of conventional SDRAM, 20G-byte hard disk drive, 24X CD-ROM drive and Windows XP Professional, costs ¥204,000.

NEC said it has no plans to put the machines on sale overseas.

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