IFA 2011では東芝も Ultrabook を発表しています。欧州向けブランドの Portégé Z830は、13.3インチ画面で厚さ15.9mm、重さ1.12kg の薄型・軽量ノート。従来モデルのPortege R380 (国内では「スリムコンパクトノートPC」dynabook R731相当)との比較では40%の薄型化・20%の軽量化とされています。各社から続々と薄型ノートが発表されるこの時期ではいずれにしろ暫定称号のような気もしますが、東芝では「世界最薄・最軽量のノートPC」を謳っています。参考までに、13.3型 MacBook Air は厚さ17mm (最薄部3mm)、重さ1.35kg。
基本仕様は13.3インチ1366 x 768 LEDバックライト液晶、Core i7も選択可能なプロセッサ、最大6GB DDR3 RAM、128GB SSD。インターフェース類は 1.3MPウェブカメラ、USB 3.0 x 1、USB 2.0 x 2 (USBスリープアンドチャージ対応)、イーサネット、HDMI とVGA出力、SDスロットなど。無線は802.11b/g/n WiFi、インテルWireless Displayにも対応。ボディは dynabook でもおなじみハニカムリブ構造のマグネシウム合金製。またキーボードはバックライトつき、かつ水をこぼしても耐えるスピルレジスタンス。
上記のようなメインストリーム性能を備えつつ、店頭価格は「1000ドル以下から」になる予定。欧州向け発表でもまだ詳細な構成・価格表がなくベースモデルの中身は分からないものの、インテルがUltrabook を定義したときの公約を守っています。Portege Z830は米国で今年11月、欧州で今年Q4に発売予定。dynabook ブランドで国内発表が待ち遠しい製品です。
The World's Lightest 13.3-inch Platform, Sub-2.5 Pound Portégé Z830 Series Match Style, Supreme Portability and Enhanced Functionality at Affordable Prices
IRVINE, Calif. - Sept. 1, 2011 - Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today unveiled the Portégé® Z830 Series, the company's first UltrabookTM using 2nd Generation Intel® CoreTM processors. Weighing less than 2.5 pounds1 and featuring a 0.63-inch (15.9 mm) profile, the Portégé Z830 Series is about 20 percent lighter and 40 percent thinner than the award-winning ultraportable Portégé R830 Series. These new systems offer unprecedented portability, durability and essential features with visibly smart style and responsiveness - and start at under $1,000 MSRP2.
Supporting the latest 2nd Generation Intel Core processors3 and ultra-fast DDR3 memory, the Portégé Z830 Series provides the performance needed for work and entertainment plus improved power management for great battery life. The Ultrabook device's 128GB solid state drive4 delivers an extremely responsive experience, increased durability and increased energy efficiency. Paired with Toshiba's new exclusive Hi-Speed Start Technology, the Portégé Z830 can power on and get users up and running at work or home in just seconds.
"The Portégé Z830 Series sets a new standard for thin and light systems, not just in portability, but also in affordability for such cutting-edge designs," said Carl Pinto, vice president of product development, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "Toshiba's engineering achievements and expert craftsmanship have resulted in a brilliant and fully thought-through innovation that exceeds expectations, perfect for both mobile business professionals and consumers."
The Portégé Z830 Series is built with a host of convenience-driven features such as a full-size LED Backlit and spill-resistant keyboard that makes typing easy in low light conditions and helps guard against accidents. The Ultrabook also includes Toshiba's USB Sleep & Charge5 technology to give users the freedom to power up their smartphones even while the system is powered down. Stereo speakers with enhanced audio technology from Waves Audio make the Portégé Z830 ideal for listening to music, watching movies and video chatting.
The Ultrabook devices feature a light, yet durable magnesium alloy casing that is reinforced with an enhanced Honeycomb Rib design and new internal structures that provide shock absorption and increased rigidity. The systems also feature Toshiba's EasyGuard® Technology, designed to address the security, reliability and durability issues mobile users encounter.
Portégé Z830 Series Ultrabook systems will be available in November 2011 at select retail stores as well as through select Toshiba Preferred Partner Program resellers and directly at toshibadirect.com.
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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit us.toshiba.com.
About Toshiba Corporation
Toshiba Corporation is a world leader and innovator in pioneering high technology, a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products spanning digital consumer products; electronic devices and components; power systems, including nuclear energy; industrial and social infrastructure systems; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 490 companies, with 203,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 6.3 trillion yen (US$77 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.