Lamborghini laptop may leave out Intel

Asustek Computer Inc. will have the next generation of its Lamborghini notebook PC available at the beginning of next year, but the company would not say if it will carry an Intel Corp. microprocessor.

“We have to discuss everything with our partner first,” said Sunny Han, director of marketing at Asustek, the world’s largest motherboard maker. Asustek’s partner in the laptop is Italian sports-car maker Automobili Lamborghini.

Asustek launched the first generation Asus-Lamborghini VX1 earlier this year, a high-end system complete with an Intel Core Duo processor, 160G byte hard drive, DDR2 (double data rate, second generation) memory chips and Nvidia Corp.’s GeForce graphics card.

The system was originally designed to compete with a Scuderia Ferrari notebook from Acer Inc., powered by an Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) Turion 64-bit processor. But Acer upgraded its series in June, launching the Ferrari 5000 laptop with AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile processors.

Users will have to wait a while longer to see Asustek’s response to the latest Ferrari challenge.

Han said the original Lamborghini laptop has been selling better than the company expected. The laptop, which comes in Lamborghini yellow and black, is pricey at US$2,799 on

Part of the hefty price tag comes from its paint job, which is sprayed on in the same manner as auto paint.

Asustek originally thought around 1,500 of the laptops would be sold, but its sales have surpassed that figure, Han said.

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