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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. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.