LG previews full HD 3D A510

LG has taken the wraps off its latest XNote series laptop, the three-dimensional full-HD display equipped A510 - and if you don't like 3D displays, you can stop reading now.

The biggest feature of the up-coming A510 is its 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 high-definition display, which supports the full resolution available from Blu-ray discs and other HD sources. More than that, though, it features the ability to transform into a 3D display - so long as you wear some dorky glasses, that is.

The XNote A510 features a polarised 3D display, meaning that it doesn't need bulky active shutter glasses to produce its 3D effect - but you will have to wear passive polarised lenses, the same as in a 3D cinema. Interestingly, LG has indicated that it will be shipping the laptop with both standard framed glasses and a clip-on variant for those who already wear prescription lenses.

Other than the high-definition 3D display, the remainder of the A510's specifications aren't too surprising. The laptop will be available with a range of processors at its heart, from the low-end Intel i3-370M running at 2.4GHz right up to the i7-840QM which can use Intel's Turbo Boost technology to clock up to 3.2GHz by disabling unneeded cores.

Windows 7 will be supplied as standard, but interestingly LG won't be offering a Windows XP downgrade option - which will likely put business buyers off even more than the fancy-pants display.

The 3D display is driven by an Nvidia GeForce GT425M with 1GB of dedicated GDDR3 memory, and an integrated Blu-ray drive offers an easy route to getting some high-definition content going. LG is even bundling software to 'upscale' 2D discs to 3D, although how convincing the effect will be remains to be seen.

In-built Gigabit Ethernet plus an Intel Centrino N-6200 Wi-Fi card takes care of the networking, and there's Bluetooth connectivity for syncing with your smarphone or other accessory.

The chassis measures 37.5cm x 24.9cm x 3.6cm at its widest point, and with the included six-cell battery weighs 2.71Kg - making it more of a desktop replacement than a portable.

LG has stated its intention to roll the A510 in black and 'champagne gold' out to Asia, South America, the Middle East, and Africa starting in October - but has kept quiet on expected pricing, or when we can look forward to the device hitting our shores.