Blu-ray, HD-DVD PCs coming this quarter

— 5:33 PM on April 11, 2006

Fujitsu has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to release Blu-ray compatible PCs. The company will ship both a desktop and a notebook with Blu-ray players, priced at around $5,000 and $3,360, respectively. Akihabara News reports that the desktop machine—allegedly dubbed DESKPOWER TX95—will feature a Pentium D 820 processor with a massive 37" 1920x1080 wide-screen LCD display, as well as an ATI Radeon X1600 graphics card, dual analog and digital TV tuners, and an HDMI port. No information is known regarding the laptop, but both systems are expected to become available in Japan this June.

Meanwhile, Toshiba has also announced a "world's first" laptop supporting a next-generation disc format, this time HD-DVD. The Qosmio G30/697HS will be available as early as May, and will feature an HD-DVD player capable of burning dual-layer DVD±R. It will also sport a 2.0GHz Core Duo processor, 17" 1920x1080 wide-screen display, and an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 GPU. PC Watch claims the machine will retail for the equivalent of $3,382—about the same as the Fujitsu offering. Thanks to Engadget for the links.

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