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Sony Unveils First Blu-Ray Notebook

Sony today took the wraps off the world's first Blu-ray Disc enabled notebook computer -- the VAIO AR which will be available this summer.

Part of a series, the VAIO AR comes in two different configurations: Premium and Standard. The AR Premium version plays Blu-ray Disc high-definition content, so you can enjoy movies in full 1080p HD resolution. The notebook has a 17-inch WUXGA (1920x1200) widescreen display and uses Sony's XBRITE Hi-Color LCD technology.

For those who prefer to watch content on a larger screen, the AR model also has an HDMI connector and included cable that connects to high-definition televisions for a larger viewing experience.

In addition to supporting HD playback, the VAIO AR notebook is able to record high-definition camcorder content to Blu-ray Discs -- all in native 1080 resolution.

You can also edit high-definition footage and share it on Sony high-capacity BD-R and BD-RE Blu-ray discs (up to 50 GB) or on traditional DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/+RW media.

The AR Premium is available in a high gloss, piano-black finish with silver trim and an illuminated VAIO logo. It also has the latest Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology for processor-heavy multi-tasking and high-definition video editing.

The AR will ship with Microsoft Windows Media Center Edition 2005 and includes a built-in standard-definition NTSC TV tuner (select models) and onboard TV controls, so you can watch and record live television.

The AR Premium also incorporates an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 graphics card featuring 256MB dedicated video memory. The AR series also incorporates a camera and microphone allowing users to chat online with friends and family.

The AR Standard model will start at about $1,800, while the AR Premium Blu-ray Disc enabled model will go for about $3,500. The Premium model will be shipped with the Sony Pictures Entertainment Blu-ray Disc release, "House of Flying Daggers,".

Source: Sony

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