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Acer introduces 20in laptop

But won't talk Origami

Acer yesterday announced an addition to its laptop range. The Aspire 9800 is the world's first laptop to have a 20in screen and at nearly 8kg it is one of the heaviest desktop-replacement models around.

The 20.1in LCD (liquid crystal display) screen has a WSXGA+ (1,680x1,050) resolution and a response time of 8ms. Using nVidia GeForce Go 7000 series graphics cards and Intel's Centrino Duo technology, the 9800 is positioned in the home-entertainment segment of the market, offering an integrated TV tuner and Microsoft's Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005.

The product was presented at London's Hilton hotel yesterday by the top brass at Acer, including president Gianfranco Lanci. There were a host of other products unveiled to assembled press, including the Aspire Idea, a Media Center PC based on Intel's Viiv technology and designed for the living room.

Though there were digital cameras, GPS (global positioning systems) solutions, LCD monitors and plasma TVs on display, the focus was very much on laptop PCs. Acer plans to be the first to market with built-in 3G technology in its laptops, offering users broadband functionality wherever they have GPRS (general packet radio service) coverage. The Travelmate 4260 will be the first model with this feature, to be followed by the Aspire 5650.

Lanci carefully evaded questions regarding Microsoft's 'Origami' devices, simply saying that "it is a little bit early to say... [you] won't see anything coming out this year".


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