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Sony Announces 18.4-inch Notebook

For those power users who need incredible screen real estate and a big chunk of hard drive space — video and photo professionals, here’s looking at you — the new Sony [SNE] Type A and AW Vaio laptops might be a tempting option. The 18.4-inch display is the obvious flagship feature, with a sizable 1920×1080 resolution. The AW has just been announced for UK markets, and is the fastest of the two, sporting a T9600 Intel [INTC] Core 2 Duo chipset and two hard drives: one 128GB SSD and a 500GB SATA HDD in a RAID array. That’s two drives, and over half a terabyte of information, in one laptop.

Sony’s calling this arrangement a “world’s first” achievement, and depicting it with camera lenses and other professional equipment in the advertising photos. And while this might be a beast of an editing machine, its starting price isn’t too intimidating: $1700 and up. There’s no exact figure for the pricetag of the top-of-the-line machine with the two-drive arrangement and T9600 Core 2 Duo, but rest assured it’s a number any photographer would be thrilled to write off in April.