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Toshiba launches Vista tablet, HD DVD-burning laptops

updated 10:15 am EST, Mon January 8, 2007

Toshiba CES 2007 Notebooks

Toshiba today introduced the Portégé R400, an ultraportable tablet PC the company holds as a showcase for Windows Vista and its own design. The R400 is built to keep current with a user's information at all times and can update its calendar and e-mail information on a edge-mounted LCD through Vista's ActiveNotifications technology -- even while the system is in suspend mode, Toshiba says. To help, the company has integrated EVDO broadband alongside Wi-Fi to keep the system connected in remote locations.

The new tablet is also the first notebook anywhere to support a completely wireless port replicator, the company claims. Using the high speed of Ultra Wide Band, the replicator can stay attached to all of the user's peripherals without needing a physical connection to the portable itself. A fingerprint reader is also part of the system. Toshiba's newest Portégé will ship along with Windows Vista on January 30th; a base model with a 1.2GHz Core Duo, 1GB of memory, 80GB of storage and Vista Business will retail for $2,599.

A full photo, as well as news of Toshiba's first notebook capable of writing HD DVDs, can be found after the jump.

Toshiba rounded out its computer announcements by revealing a prototype Qosmio notebook with the company's first mobile HD DVD rewriting drive. Although a portable available with HD DVD was previously available, the next-generation disc format had previously limited portable recording only for CDs and DVDs; the new drive can author discs in its native format up to and including dual-layer 30GB discs, Toshiba says. Specific details of the new Qosmio have not been announced, but are expected to accompany the notebook when it ships in the first quarter of this year.

by MacNN Staff




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