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Toshiba Ultrabook Out Of The Gate

9/01/2011 10:44:09 AM Eastern

New York - Toshiba today
unveiled its first laptop based on Intel's Ultrabook concept.

PortegeThe Portege Z830/Z835 is
expected to be on retail shelves by mid-November with a sub-$1,000 price point.
The Z830 will sell into the B to B market, while the Z835 will be for
consumers.

Both models share the
same feature set with the exception that the Z830 will have Windows 7
Professional and a fingerprint security reader. The Z835 will run on Windows
Home Premium.

The ultra-portable
computer come in at 16mm thick and weighs 2.45 pounds and is being and is being
targeted at the consumer and B2B customer, said Kelcey Kinjo, Toshiba's product
manager. This makes the 13.3-inch display-equipped laptop 40 percent thinner
and 20 percent lighter than Toshiba's previous most mobile laptop, the Portege
R830.

Intel's Ultrabook concept
was created to give computer manufactures the general outline on how to create
a tablet PC-like notebook: one that has a quick boot time, is light and portable,
yet delivers the exact same computing experience as a full-size laptop.

The Z830/Z835 can be
equipped with a selection of Intel's second-generation Core processors, Intel
HD graphics 3000, up to 6GB of memory and a solid-state drive. There is a no
option for a hard-disk drive. A 1.3-megapixel camera is included.

It features a variety of
ports, including USB 3.0, 2.0, HDMI, RGB, an SD slot and an Ethernet port.

Toshiba used a new
honeycomb construction in conjunction with a magnesium chassis for additional
strength.

Battery life is
anticipated at about eight hours, and the design features an integrated
battery, not replaceable. Kinjo said this was done to help reduce the overall
footprint, and it enabled the engineers to include a larger battery. The
battery can be replaced by an authorized service center.

There is no integral cellular service. Toshiba opted to avoid
adding the additional cost, and Kinjo added a USB cellular attachment that is
just as efficient. Many carriers will give them to a customer for signing up
for the service.