New Toshiba Laptops, Ultrabooks for Windows 8 Unveiled
In addition to its new touch screen units designed with Windows 8 in mind, Toshiba has also unveiled at IFA today four new systems of varying sizes and features optimized for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 8 operating system. All systems will include Toshiba Desktop Assist, which provides the familiar control panel and shortcuts seen in Windows 7, as well as Toshiba Central, which is Toshiba's proprietary assistance software that's arranged in a tiled-style layout similar to that of the new Windows platform.
Toshiba Satellite P845t
Designed to be Toshiba's mainstream Windows 8 system, the Satellite P845t is a souped-up, Windows 8-ready version of the Satellite P845. The first thing you'll notice about the P845t is its absence of a bezel, as it sports an edge-to-edge 14-inch display. Notwithstanding its good looks, the primary ingredient in the display is its capacitive touch capability, which in turn makes navigating the tiled interface of Windows 8 a more fluid experience. An etched aluminum chassis in a champagne silver finish complements its slim-form-factor to result in an overall refined aesthetic. In addition to being kitted out with three USB 3.0 ports, the P845t is also equipped with an HDMI port as well as Intel's Wireless Display technology. On the inside, it packs a third-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 6GB DDR3 RAM, and a 750GB HDD.
Toshiba Drops Plans for Windows RT Device
Toshiba confirmed today that it will not introduce a Windows RT device in the near future due to component constraints.
"Toshiba has decided not to introduce Windows RT models due to delayed components that would make a timely launch impossible," the company said.
When asked for specifics, Toshiba said it does not share component information for confidentiality reasons.
"For the time being, Toshiba will focus on bringing Windows 8 products to market," the company continued. "We will continue to look into the possibility of Windows RT products in the future while monitoring market conditions."
Microsoft's Windows 8 OS has been designed with touch-screen mobile devices like tablets in mind. Windows RT is the version of Windows 8 that is optimized for the ARM-based processors that power the vast majority of tablets and smartphones currently on the market.
Toshiba Hit With $87 Million Fine Over LCD Price-Fixing
Toshiba conspired with competitors to fix the price of LCD screens and must pay an $87 million fine, according to a ruling from a California district court.
In a Tuesday statement, however, Toshiba said it doesn't expect to have to pay any damages since it previously settled with other defendants.
The case dates back to 2007 when Toshiba was sued by direct U.S. purchasers of LCD panels and related products. But Toshiba has maintained that there was no illegal activity on its part.
"While Toshiba appreciates the jury's time and effort, Toshiba believes that the jury's verdict is in error as to the finding of wrongdoing on Toshiba's part," the company said in a statement. "Toshiba plans to pursue all available legal avenues to correct that finding."
The civil suit awarded $17 million to manufacturers who purchased the company's panels, and ordered $70 million for consumers.
Toshiba - as well as AU Optronics Corp, Hitachi, LG Display, and Sharp - was also accused of price fixing by the attorneys general of Florida and New York in 2010. Dell filed a similar suit in March 2010.
Toshiba Fattens Ultrabook Lineup
Don't let the thin profiles fool you: ultrabooks inhabit an increasingly wider segment of the market. With more and more devices inflating this ballooning category, the world of ultrabooks has gotten crowded enough to the point where enticing consumers requires a bit more than a skinny chassis. Bearing this in mind, Toshiba unveiled today the latest additions to its ultrabook lineup, the Portege Z935 and the Satellite U845. The big distinction? Both come equipped with the latest in Ivy Bridge processing power.
The Portege Z935 looks a lot like its predecessor, the Toshiba Portege Z835-P370, except now there's a powerful Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor underneath the super-skinny yet durable magnesium alloy chassis. Weighing a scant 2.5 pounds, it is, in Toshiba's estimation, the lightest 13-inch ultrabook currently on the market. The Z935 eschews the clickpad favored by many manufacturers as of late, as evidenced by the shiny chome left- and right-click buttons beneath the trackpad.
In order to maintain its thin profile, Toshiba opted to crowd the majority of the Portege Z935's ports on the system's wide rear hinge. Accordingly, the rear houses a full-sized Ethernet port, VGA, and HDMI outputs as well as two USB 2.0 ports. The right side of the system sports the Z935's lone USB 3.0 port and a caselock slot, and the left side features mic and headphone jacks alongside a multicard reader. The Portege Z935 starts at $799.
Toshiba Announces Giant 13.3-Inch Tablet
Toshiba today announced three new additions to its family of Excite tablets. The most interesting is the Excite 13, a massive tablet with a 13.3-inch screen. But there are also new options in smaller, more manageable sizes.
Let's start with the big one. At 13.3-inches, the Excite 13 will offer more screen real estate than any other tablet on the market. Despite the massive display, it's relatively thin and light, at 0.4 inches thick and 2.2 pounds.
The Excite 13 features a 13.3-inch LCD display with 10-finger touch support, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and 1600-by-900 pixel resolution. There's also a four-speaker sound system, which means it should get plenty loud. An included stand makes it easy to prop the device up on a countertop or table, which means it should be good for watching and sharing media like video.
Dialing the size down a notch, the Excite 10 features a 10.1-inch LCD display with 1280-by-800 pixel resolution. Similar in size to the new Apple iPad, the Excite 10 measures 0.35 inches thick and weighs 1.32 pounds. It delivers up to 10 hours of battery life and seven days of standby.
Toshiba Revamps Satellite, Qosmio Laptop Lines
You may not be thinking of back-to-school shopping just yet, but Toshiba is ready with five lines of laptops that will reach retailers at the beginning of the third quarter.
The new portables will feature the latest Intel and AMD processors, including some configurations with Intel's third-generation Core or "Ivy Bridge" CPUs.
At the entry level ($400 to $550)—currently home of models like the Satellite C655-S5542—the Satellite C800 series adds formerly absent HDMI and USB 3.0 ports, as well as a 14-inch model to the existing 15.6- and 17.3-inch choices. A larger, recessed touchpad addresses what a Toshiba rep tells PCMag was consumers' number-one complaint - unintended mouse movement.
Moving up to the Satellite L800 series ($500 to $700) brings SRS Premium Sound HD to address consumers' second greatest concern, audio quality, as well as dual USB 3.0 ports with Toshiba's Sleep & Charge functionality to recharge handheld devices even when the laptop is powered down. Thinner than previous Satellite L models, the L800s feature a Fusion II plastic case finish with a new cross line pattern in a variety of colors. They, too, are available in three screen sizes.
A new Satellite S line (pictured) slots in between the L and P series, positioned as offering smart performance for $700 to $1,000 (or $50 to $100 under comparably equipped Satellite P systems). Featuring a brushed aluminum finish in Ice Blue, the three S800s offer Intel "Ivy Bridge" or AMD multicore Accelerated Processing Units with optional discrete ATI graphics; top-of-the-line configurations include a Blu-ray player.