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ASUS to debut the new K73SM notebook

This 17.3-inch portable computer will reportedly come with an Intel Core i7 CPU and a powerful discrete graphics controller

The Taiwan-based PC manufacturer ASUS is apparently in the process of releasing another high-performance laptop, dubbed K73SM. The company’s latest offering is reportedly targeted towards those who enjoy high-end gaming and multimedia experiences.

ASUSTek’s new notebook will pack a second generation Quad-Core Sandy Bridge Intel Core i7-2670QM (8 threads) central processing unit clocked at 2.2GHz (up to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0). This chip also incorporates the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics card. In addition, the K73SM is equipped with a 17.3-inch HD+ LCD widescreen display that delivers a native resolution of 1600-by-900 pixels.

Reportedly, this portable computer comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M GPU (up to 2GB of dedicated VRAM), 8GB internal DDR3 memory, a 750GB rotating HDD and a built-in 0.3MP web camera for video chats. In terms of connectivity, the laptop houses Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 (the 4.0 generation offers improved energy efficiency) modules.

Further features include a Blu-Ray optical drive, Altec Lansing stereo speakers, an SD card reader slot and a 64bit copy of Microsoft’s Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. The K73SM supposedly weighs about 3.2kg and will ship with a 5200mAh 6-cell battery in early March for 99,800 Yen (approximately $1,300).


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-01-30 (Update: 2012-05-26)