After releasing teaser images on Facebook, Asus posted the specs of a new, unannounced 3D Blu-ray writer supporting the BDXL format (opens in new tab) on early this week. Called the SBW-06C2X-U, the external burner offers up to 6x Blu-ray writing speed, Blu-ray 3D playback support, 2D to 3D DVD conversion, DVD upscaling to HD 1080p, Dolby EX and DTS-HD (5.1 channels).
Thanks to BDXL format support, users can burn huge amounts of data on a single Blu-ray disc: up to 100 GB on a BD-R (TL) disc and up to 128 GB on a BD-R (QL) disc. Acer claims that a 25 GB BD-R (SL) disc can be filled and closed in just 23.39 minutes at 6X speed -- other 2X models out on the market today completes the same disc in 45.29 minutes.
"ASUS SBW-06C2X-U is external slim 6X Blu-ray writer supporting the latest BDXL format and life-like total Blu-ray 3D playback," reads the product description. "These all fit into an 2011 IF Award-winning design, inspired from miniaturized architectual forms of elegant squared lines and a unique metal stand. The included metal stand provides both vertical and horizontal placement, helping users save space with increased versatility."
The spec sheet states that the burner has a 2 MB buffer and connects via a USB 2.0 port. The access time of a BD (SL/DL) disc and a BD (TV/QL) disc is 300 ms and 450 ms respectively -- DVDs and CDs are accessed in 190 ms. It measures 157 x 140 x 18.5-mm (LxWxH), weighs 290g (410g with stand), and is compatible with Windows XP/Vista/7, Windows Server 2003/2008, and Mac OS X 10.6 or higher.
Currently pricing and availability are unknown, so stay tuned for something official to arrive.