Toshiba has finally launched the 14′ entertainment notebook ‘Satellite M100′ for the Korean market. The salient features of the M100 notebook are the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, Harman-cardon speaker, ultra-slim remote control, ATI mobility Radeon X1400 256MB graphics, and a ‘clear view LCD’. The Satellite M100 is expected to hit the Korean stores for around 1,640,000 KRW.
Hitachi has announced its laptop-use hard drive plans for the year 2007. It will ship the new 200GB 2.5-inch TravelStar running at 7200rpm and a 250GB spinning at 5400rpm. While the former will start shipping in the Q1, the latter will be made available in the second half of 2007. Both the new drives will be based on perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR) technology and data encryption for enhanced security. At the moment, the widely used laptop hard drives are the Toshiba MK2035GSS (PATA) and Fujitsu MHV2200BT (SATA) that boast 200GB of storage space and 4200rpm rotational speed.
Aimed at the fairer sex, the new ‘Portege M500 white-pearl’ notebook has been introduced by Toshiba Korea in the Korean market. The 12.1-inches and 4.1 pound machine rocks an Intel’s T2250 Core 2 Duo processor clocked at 1.73GHz, 512MB DDR2 RAM, 80GB SATA hard drive, dual-layer DVD burner, 5-1 multi card reader, integrated microphone. The Portege M500 white-pearl comes with a fingerprint sensor, ‘Easy Guard’ system with spill-resistant keyboard, and a “Quick Play” function to play DVD without the need to boot OS. Anyway, you can also opt for the one in black. If you happen to be in Korea, you can make the machine yours for a price of 1,390,000(KRW).
Toshiba has added one more machine to its widescreen gaming notebook line. The new 17-inches Satellite P100-ST9742 is Windows Vista Premium Ready and runs Windows XP Professional OS. The salient features of the machine are: -Intel 2GHz Core 2 Duo T7200 processor -NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX graphics card -512MB GDDR3 video memory and DVI-D output port -2GB memory and 100GB SATA HDD clocked at 7200rpm -PRO/Wireless Network Connection 3945ABG The Toshiba Satellite P100-ST9742 is available exclusively at ToshibaDirect.com for a price of $2899.
Toshiba has powered its Core Solo based Portege M400 tablet PC by adding Core 2 Duo might and the HSDPA technology. Now, the device rocks a 2GHz Intel T7200 CPU, 12.1-inch SXGA+ display, 80GB SATA drive, 512MB of DDR2 RAM, dual-layer DVD burner, integrated stereo speakers, and the mandatory built-in UMTS / HSDPA SIM card slot 3G flavor. Other than that, the Portege M400-3G boasts a PCMCIA slot, 4-pin FireWire connector, S-Video / VGA outputs, 5-in-1 flash card reader, gigabit Ethernet, 56k modem, built-in WiFi / Bluetooth, three USB 2.0 ports, and a slice expansion battery. While there are no words about its pricing, the Portege M400-3G will hit the shelves in Middle Eastern shores in first quarter of 2007.
Toshiba is planning to launch a new SDHC Memory card with a high storage space of 8GB. The card will be only compatible to digital cameras and other devices that support SD Memory Card Ver2.00 standard. The card has a high data write speed of 4GB/second and promises to offer more space for storage of images and videos up to a length of maximum of 3 hours 10 minutes of standard definition video in the MPEG2 format. This much-awaited product will be available by January 2007 for an expected price of £180.
Not waiting for the IEEE to release new standards for the now famous Li-ion batteries the Matsushita Electric Industrial has jumped the gun and has come up with what they say a safer Li-ion battery. The new cell is a 2.9Ah unit which can then be combined into two cells and six cells battery packs to make notebook batteries. This new battery has a heat resistant layer (HRL) in the cell which has allowed the company to boost the energy density and mass produce safer batteries. This HRL that separates anode and cathode provides better protection than polyolefin. The company says if the short circuit occurs it will just cease rather than overheat and explode. Now the company is all set to produce and fill the void left vacant by the Sony’s massive(9.6 million) battery recall. The motto seems why waste time when you can make hay. Dell, Apple, IBM, Toshiba, and Lenovo were the companies that had to suffer recalls due to Sony batteries.
Toshiba is ready to unveil a new convertible tablet called, Portege R400 that is set to be the company’s “signature” laptop, and get rid of the keyboard & design layout from the M400, no need to quip its flagship feature: HSDPA. Developed especially to go with Windows Vista minutiae, Sporting a 12.1-inch “LED backlit” widescreen display, the latest machine is apparently the “world’s first PC that automatically match up your info with Active Notifications.” Toshiba’s ConfigFree setup, in a bid to make having connected as simple as possible, apparently makes managing your WiFi, Bluetooth, EV-DO and gigabit Ethernet connections a breeze, however the actual standout of the Portege R400 is its promise to be the “world’s first system with a wireless dock to get connected to desktop peripherals,” which is supposed to be coming out as strong usable if bandwidth doesn’t show too great a bottleneck. The still-mysterious R400 may come on soon, probably close to, say, January 30th.
Qosmio G30/97A will be two new offerings from Toshiba in the high-end notebook market. These two notebooks will have HD-DVD-R drives pre-fitted and will have WUXGA display of 17-inch giving resolution of 1920 x 1200. Both the notebooks will be Windows Vista capable. The other features of the notebooks include: 1. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2. Digital TV tuner 3. Harman / Kardon speakers 4. Microsoft Office Personal 2007 5. Microsoft Office OneNote® 2007 There is however no word on pricing from the manufacturers.
If everybody is doing it so why not Toshiba. They have also come up with a new range of Vista compatible laptops in A135 series. Broadly speaking these laptop will have three models A135-S4499/S4467/S4427 with configs varying from Intel Core Duo to Intel Core 2 Duo. All the laptops have been built around Intel mobile 945GM Express chipset that have Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG. The 1280 x 800 resolution display has been coupled with Intel Graphics Media Accelerator with 8 to 224 MB of dynamic memory. The S4467 and S4427 will have SATA HDD’s of 160GB and 120GB while the S4499 model boasts of two HDD’s of 120GB each. The other feature that you will be able to find in these series will be USB ports, Wi-Fi, LAN port, PCMICA slot and card readers. The prices of the laptops are as follows 1) A135-S4499 at $1499.99 available from February 20 2) A135-S4467 at $999.99 available from January 30 3) A135-S4427 at $899.99 available from January 30