Are we going to have to petition Congress to change Thursday to Ultrabookday? If the flood of announcements keeps up like this, we might just have to take that drastic step. First, Lenovo unveiled three different Ultrabook models… Wait, did we say first? Actually, Toshiba managed to squeak in under the wire and yank the curtains off of its Ultrabook prior to Lenovo's announcement, making the Portégé Z830 series the first Intel-based MacBook Air clones out of the gate. Officially, at least.
Toshiba’s press release doesn’t reveal many hard details. The Protégé Z830 series will sport a 128GB SSD and a second generation Intel core processor, and oh yeah, it’ll start at under $1,000. It’s plenty slim, too, ay 0.63-inches thick and 2.5 lbs. Those cursory specifications weren’t enough for our tastes, though; fortunately, TechCrunch and Engadget were able to snoop out a few more facts. The publications report that you’ll find the following components shoved into the Portégé Z830’s skinny little case:
Intel Core i3, i5, i7 processors
Onboard Intel HD 3000 graphics
802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi radio
Magnesium alloy chassis with “honeycomb structure” for rigidity
Backlit, spill-resistant keyboard
2 USB 2.0, 1 USB 3.0, HDMI and VGA out
Fingerprint reader (optional, on B2B model)
Up to 6GB of RAM
Eight cell 47Wh battery
Expect to find the Portégé Z830 series in stores in November, but don’t rush out and preorder the notebook just yet. We expect other companies to unveil plenty of other Ultrabooks in the upcoming days, so keep reading to stay informed of all your options.