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Alienware Area-51m laptops should get the UHD option in six to eight months

Alienware Area 51m coud get the UHD option by the end of September, confirms Frank Azor
Alienware Area-51m coud get the UHD option by the end of September
Currently available only with a Full HD display option, the Alienware Area-51m gaming laptop will get UHD as an option in six to eight months, according to Frank Azor. He also said that the arrival of this option "wasn't supposed to take this long" so the machine was not designed for DIY display upgrades.

The Area-51m is Alienware's latest addition to the venerable Alienware 17 family of gaming laptops. Although it comes with solid processor and graphics card options that go as far as the Intel Core i9-9900K and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080, this machine is currently limited to a Full HD panel. The good part — and bad at the same time — is that the UHD option is on its way, but those who want it could be forced to wait until December.

Alienware's co-founder Frank Azor has been quite active on Twitter over the weekend, and one of his interesting tweets concerns those looking to get the Area-51m with QHD or UHD resolution as quickly as possible, maybe even via a DIY upgrade. This message reads the following: "a product has to be designed from the start with the intention of upgrading in order to offer it properly.  UHD readiness wasn't supposed to take this long. We didn't design A51m originally for display DIY. UHD isn't 1 year away it's about 6-8 months away."

Full HD on a 17.3-inch display of a gaming laptop with top-of-the-line hardware specs otherwise is not that great, but having such a panel capable of 144 Hz refresh is not that bad of a deal. Would you go with the Full HD 144 Hz choice, wait for a higher resolution option to arrive, or simply choose another gaming laptop? Feel free to let us know what you would choose in the comments section below.

Just one more thing — if you were wondering, wonder no more: the Alienware Area-51m with an Intel Core i9-9900K processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 graphics is currently in our labs and the review should be ready by the end of the month.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-03-18 (Update: 2019-03-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.