Asustek Computer plans to launch a 17.3-inch 3D notebook (G72GX) in the first quarter of 2010 that features the Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTM 160M GPU, 4GB of memory and two 320GB hard drives.

Asustek is also scheduled to launch its 15.6-inch 3D notebook G51J3D in mid-November featuring the same CPU, GPU, memory and hard drive specifications as the 17.3-inch model.

Since Asustek adopts a more advanced active shutter glasses for the 3D effect on its notebooks compare to Acer's Aspire 5738DG 3D notebook's polarized glasses, prices of Asustek's 3D notebooks are also expected to be higher than comparable models from Acer (US$779.99 in the US), the sources noted.

Both Asustek's 3D notebooks will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology, while Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell are also expected to follow suit by launching similar products in the future, the sources said.