06. 07. 2007
Toshiba just announced their new notebook PCs as the world's lightest and thinnest, a title surely to be broken in the near future by a competitor. (They boast 19.5mm at the slimmest point.) The new PCs will be launched in Japan on June 22nd as the Dynabook SS RX Series, but in overseas markets as the Protégé R500.
The new PCs feature the latest Intel Coreaa 2 Duo Processor U7600 (1.06GHz), providing high performance and low power consumption with a battery life of up to 12.5 hours. Called the "TRUE MOBILITY" PCs, they include a new feature, which, if it works as promised would be a dream. All of the new notebooks are integarated with a "transreflective" 12.1-inch diagonal widescreen LCD which allows use of the PCs in virtually every type of lighting condition. Users can also switch the LCD backlight on or off, depending on whether they are indoors or outdoors.
Just how light is the True Mobility? Just 1.8 lbs. with the optical drive built in. That's made possible by the use of flash drive storage, instead of a traditional hard drive. For the extra-lightness you sacrifice huge storage space: you only get 64 GB. But it's under 2 lbs, you'll deal. Another model in the Mobility series will have regular hard drives, which raises the weight to a whopping 2.1 lbs.
The best ultra-portables have usually not been released in the US (you have to get them from Dynamism), but if this makes it to the US as promised, then hopefully the competition will follow and bring out their sub-3 lb. fully loaded powerhouses here.
No word on pricing yet, but we promise to let you know.
To read the press release, click here: Toshiba.