By Chris Nicholls

LAS VEGAS: Asus has announced what it claims is the world’s first one-terabyte notebook, the M70.

Developed in conjunction with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, the M70 uses two 500GB 2.5 inch hard disk drives in combination to achieve its capacity. 

The same 500GB drive appears in the lower-spec M50 model. Both feature a separate numerical keypad and multi-function touchpad with media controls in the pad.

A spokesperson for Asus in Australia said she could not confirm a release date for the two models in Australia, but said the M51 entertainment laptop, which features the same separate numerical keypad and NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS graphics card, would go on sale in Australia at the end of this month.