It's been coming for quite some time, but it seems like Intel's quad-core mobile processors are about to launch, as Asus has announced that its G71 gaming notebook will be available with a Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor option.
So far, there's no official word from Intel on the new mobile quad-core processor, but we can't imagine that it's far away considering this announcement from Asus, although it wouldn't be the first time a partner has jumped the gun. The G71 will also be available with a Core 2 Extreme X9100 (dual core) or a wide range of other Core 2 Duo based mobile processors.
The chipset in the G71 will be the fairly recent PM45 from Intel and as this doesn't feature integrated graphics, Asus has thrown in a Geforce 9700M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory for good measure. the G71 also support dual hard drives and Asus offers configurations of up to 1TB and you can also get a Blu-ray drive or a wide range of DVD optical drives, depending on your needs and wants.
Other features consist of WiMAX support, thanks to Intel's WiMAX/WiFI Link 5100 network card, 2GB of Turbo Memory as an option, up to 4GB of DDR3 1,066MHz memory and more rudimentary things like Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR and a 2Megapixel webcam on a swivel. The 17in will be available with either WXGA+ (1,680x1050) or WUXGA (1,920x1,200) resolution and the latter one features what Asus calls high brightness; and both panels have an 8ms response time.
According to the pictures adjoining the press release, the G71 also seems to be coming with a custom backpack, a gaming headset and a Razer mouse and, oddly enough, there's also a mention of the Eee Stick being bundled with it. We don't have any details on size, weight or battery life, as neither is mentioned in the press release, but we'd guess that it's big, heavy and has poor battery life considering the hardware that Asus has crammed into the G71.
We don't even want to guess what a fully kitted out G71 is going to cost, but we know that the CPU alone is going to be in the US$1,000 region; and with all the bells and whistles on top of that, this might be the most expensive notebook ever from Asus.
You can find the press release here.