Toshiba has unveiled three new Ultrabooks, the Satellite U845W, Satellite U845 and Portege Z935 Series, designed for the home, mobility and entertainment. The Satellite U845W is the world's first Ultrabook that boasts a 21:9 cinematic display for movie watching. The Satellite U845 is Toshiba's first mainstream Ultrabook, offering the category's thin design and light weight at an affordable price. The Portege brand welcomes an update to the successful Z835 Series with the introduction of the Z935 Series, which continues its predecessor's tradition of supreme portability and durability. We will have reviews of some of the new notebooks from Toshiba. In the mean time here are the details from today's announcement:
The entertainment-optimized Satellite U845W offers premium features and design in an ultra-slim form factor. Designed with movie enthusiasts and productivity power users in mind, the Satellite U845W is the first Ultrabook of its kind to feature a 14.4-inch diagonal ultrawide-HD TruBrite display with a cinematic 21:9 aspect ratio. This display is ideally suited for movie buffs looking to enjoy 2.35:1 movies in their original format - without black bars commonly seen on most laptop displays. The distinctive display is also ideal for multitasking, providing more space for better split-screen viewing of Office apps, streaming video, social networking, browsing and IM. To make it easy for consumers to utilize the extra display space, the new Toshiba Split Screen Utility offers pre-configured and custom viewpoint grids, supporting multiple windows on the display.
The Satellite U845W is thin and light, yet sturdy and elegant. Precisely constructed of machined aluminum with luxurious soft-touch trim, the Satellite U845W delivers sophisticated styling, while a lightweight design and less-than-an-inch profile make it comfortable to carry. An LED backlit raised tile keyboard and ClickPad on the inside round out the refined design.
Equipped with harman/kardon stereo speakers and SRS Premium Sound 3D, the Satellite U845W complements the cinematic screen experience with rich audio quality.
-3rd generation Intel Core processor -14.4-inch diagonal ultrawide-HD TruBrite display with 1792 x 768 resolution -500GB hard drive with 32GB solid state drive or 256GB solid state drive options -Up to 8GB DDR3 memory -3x USB 3.0 ports, plus USB Sleep & Charge -Toshiba Sleep & Music -1 HDMI port, Ethernet port and Memory card slot -Starting at 3.5 lbs., depending on configuration -0.82 inches thin
An Ultrabook designed for everyday productivity and entertainment, the Satellite U845 delivers an ideal mix of portability, features and performance - at a more affordable price, starting at $749.99 MSRP. With a thin and light design, the Satellite U845 stands at under an inch thin, weighs four pounds and is constructed of durable aluminum in Ice Blue.
Featuring a 14-inch diagonal HD TruBrite display, the Satellite U845 delivers more room to work and play, plus a generous 500GB hard drive with Flash Memory technology, giving it a speed boost over standard hard drives. The Satellite U845 also includes stereo speakers with SRS Premium Sound 3D, an HD webcam and an optional LED backlit keyboard.
-3rd generation Intel Core processor -14-inch diagonal HD TruBrite display with 1366 x768 resolution -500GB hard drive with 16GB or 32GB solid state drive -Up to 6GB DDR3 memory -1 USB 3.0 port with USB Sleep & Charge and 2 USB 2.0 ports -1 HDMI port, Ethernet port and Memory Card Slot
The next generation of Toshiba's pioneering Ultrabook now supports new 3rd generation Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 processors. Designed for supreme portability and durability, the Portege Z935 provides the performance needed for work and play, while featuring a slim 0.63-inch (15.9 mm) profile and weighing less than 2.5 pounds. Offering essential features with visibly smart style, the Portege Z935 includes a full complement of ports for easy connectivity to other devices, plus long battery life rating of 8 hours. Equipped with a solid state drive, the Portege Z935 delivers an extremely responsive experience. The Portege Z935 is built with a light, yet durable magnesium alloy casing reinforced with a Honeycomb Rib design that provides shock absorption and increased rigidity.
Pricing and Availability
The Satellite U845W will be available for purchase on July 15, 2012 starting at $999.99 MSRP. The Satellite U845 will be available for purchase on June 24, 2012 2012 starting at $749.99 MSRP. The Portege Z935 will be available for purchase on June 24, 2012 starting at $899.99 MSRP.
These Ultrabook systems will be available at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com
Toshiba is sending us the Satellite U845 first, and I hope the Z935 won't take too long to get here. I myself am excited to test it given its processor's super slim design, light weight and healthy set of ports!
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview