Toshiba Ultrabook Out Of The Gate

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

The 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.


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