Apple Computer today launched a 17-inch Intel-based MacBook Pro notebook computer that reportedly delivers up to five times the performance of the 17-inch PowerBook G4.

The new laptop, which will begin shipping next week, features a 2.16 GHz Intel (nasdaq: INTC – news – people ) Core Duo processor, an all new system architecture and a one-inch thin aluminum enclosure.

It weighs just 3.8 Kilo and includes a built-in iSight video camera, Front Row software and a MagSafe Power Adapter that allows mobile users to charge its battery by magnetically coupling the power cord to the computer.

“The 17-inch MacBook Pro delivers the speed and screen area of a professional desktop system in the world’s best notebook design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

The new release also comes just in time for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show for digital media professionals, which kicked off in Las Vegas over the weekend. NAB is the world’s largest electronics media show.

“[The launch] was no real surprise, but it was timed very well around the NAB show,” said Jupiter Research analyst Michael Gartenberg, who is sure Apple had digital video professionals in mind as a primary target audience for the 17-inch notebook. “This is clearly a powerful and portable editing studio for high-definition video work.”

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