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MSI announced the CX61 and CR61 multimedia laptops

According to a company PR, the two notebooks feature Ivy Bridge chips, 15.6-inch displays and “cinema-level SRS PC Sound”.

The Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Micro-Star International (MSI) has reportedly announced in a press release that it is adding two new models, dubbed as the CX61 and CR61, to its laptop portfolio. Aimed at multimedia (and gaming) aficionados, the notebooks apparently offer supercars-inspired, brushed metal finish; a high-performance CPU and extended battery life.

In terms of internal and external features, the CX61 and CR61 portable computers are almost identical. It seems the only difference between the two systems is that the former comes with up to a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M GPU (2GB DDR3 VRAM, Kepler architecture), whereas the latter packs an integrated Intel graphics controller.

Built around an Intel HM76 Express Chipset, MSI’s latest mobile products come outfitted with a 15.6-inch LED-backlit widescreen display of HD maximum supported resolution (1366-by-768 pixels) and a choice of third generation, Ivy Bridge Intel Core processors. Furthermore, the laptops can be configured with up to 8GB of 1333MHz DDR3 RAM (2 slots x 4GB), up to a 720GB SATA HDD and a built-in DVD Burner.

Connectivity-wise, the CX61 and CR61 offer one USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI interface for hooking up the notebooks to an external HD monitor, a 5-in-1 card reader slot, D-Sub, Intel Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 radios. In addition, both devices are approximately 37.6mm (1.48-inch) thick and weigh 2.4kg (5.29lbs) with the 6-cell battery that has an autonomy period of up to 7.5 hours.

Other specs presumably include a multi-touch pad, a Turbo Battery app that enables users to control the laptop’s power consumptions, an integrated HD web camera for video chats and two built-in speakers.

There’s still no word on pricing or an official release date.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-07-23 (Update: 2012-07-23)