TC Mag discovered ASUS will launch two Intel Calpella platform based laptops with USB 3.0 support next month, both models are expected to be available in Europe by mid-April for around 1,049EUR:
Asus has just provided the full scoop on two of its upcoming multimedia laptops based on the Calpella platform, the 14-inch N82JV-VX020V and 16-inch N61JA-JX008V. Both machines have an LED-backlit display with a native resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and feature a 2.4 GHz Core i5-520M CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, an 8-in-1 card reader, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, and a 6-cell battery.
The laptops also include a HDMI output, one USB 3.0 port (and two USB 2.0 connectors), run Windows 7 Home Premium, and are set apart by two main things, the screen sizes as already mentioned and the graphics solutions used - the N61JA comes with a Mobility Radeon HD 5730 1GB, while the N82JV has a GeForce GT 335M 1GB (backed by the Optimus technology).
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Re: ASUS preps two Calpella laptops with USB 3.0 by Anonymous on Saturday, March 27 2010 @ 17:17:06 CET
Because of the bandwidth available, 2 ports is sufficient for the time being (until nearly all things run on USB 3).
It's good to see the hardware (and thus PC) makers are seeing the light. One USB 3 hub out, can read blu ray disks (future players that do Quad HD), run an external hardrive and drive an external second monitor all through the same plug. Then you can still use a second plug to throw a flash drive into the mix.
USB has taken 10 years to get here. We can all use the bandwidth for something, even flash sticks. It's nice to see that a few makers are on board and know they need to get this stuff into the hands of consumers.