BenQ Joybook R48 debuts with added multimedia capabilities; US and European markets may have to wait

May 17, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

In a bid to bring in some extra added lure to bloggers, gamers and multimedia freaks who are constantly digging the Net for more excitement, BenQ has spruced up its laptop line with a new device. The company has announced the official launch of its new Joybook R48. However, our readers in the US may have to wait for the device to land in their midst  as BenQ has made available its Joybook R48 only in China and the Asia Pacific region as of now.

Powered by an Intel Core i3 Processor, the new Joybook R48 will come with a 14-inch, 16:9 screen of 1366×768 resolution. One significant aspect about the Joybook R48 is that the maker has deployed the Intel Hyper-Threading Technology2 under its hood.

To sport an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5450 Graphics Processing Unit, the device would have on the storage front a DDR3 RAM that would come with options to upgradable upto 4GB and HDD up to 500GB.

Add on in the pack include an SRS CS headphone that puts into play an audio rendering technology that processes 2-channel stereo or surround-encoded content ensuring a good audio capabilities while utilized for VoIP, movie or gaming functionalities. BenQ has also thrown in dual 2W speakers, HDMI port and WLAN 802.11 b/g/n connectivity.  A 1.3MP webcam, built-in card-reader, eSATA slot and optional Bluetooth 2.1 complete the features line up. We are just waiting to know what is on the pricing front now. Chinese and Asia Pacific multimedia enthusiasts will heave to tell us more on that.

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