Toshiba today announced the Dynabook TX/98MBL, the industry's first notebook to support 3D Blu-ray playback. With a 15.6-inch LED backlit display, Toshiba's newest Dynabook comes bundled with both WinDVD BD for playing Blu-ray discs and Nvidia's 3D Vision software and hardware.
Other features consists of an Intel Core i7 740QM processor (1.73GHz stock, 2.93GHz Turbo Boost), 640GB hard drive, up to 4GB of memory, Nvidia GeForce GTS 350M graphics with 1GB of onboard RAM, remote control, and a "selectable OS" all wrapped in a "velvety black finish."
Toshiba's pushing the Dynabook TX/98MBL for a late July release in Japan for an as-yet unannounced price point (some reports have it selling for around $2,750). The company also plans to launch this one in the U.S. market, but no word yet on when.
Toshiba to Asus: 'Suck it!' Toshiba didn't actually say that, but it has beat Asus to market with the world's first laptop to stuff a 512GB SSD into the spec sheet.
"The new, Toshiba-developed 512GB SSD employs a 2-bit-per-cell multi-level NAND flash memory to realize, the world's largest capacity SSD, with four times the density of SSD integrated into currently available products," Toshiba wrote in a press release. "Furthermore, a new controller that realizes high-speed parallel processing with the multi-level NAND flash memory boosts data access speeds by approximately 230 percent for read (max. 230MB per sec) and 450percent for write (max.180MB per sec), compared with SSD integrated into current PCs."
In addition to the sizable SSD, Toshiba's Dynabook SS-RX2 sports a 12.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) screen, a Core 2 Duo processor, integrated Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics, 3GB of DDR2-667 memory, a DVD burner, Bluetooth, and up to 12 hours of use on a single battery charge.
Right now it's only available in Japan for what amounts to $4,500 USD. Ouch.
Toshiba recently updated their line of Qosmio and Dynabook laptops with upgraded graphics and processing power.
The Qosmios will come in two flavors, including the 18.4-inch G50 ($3,421) and the 15.4-inch FX ($2,119). Relative newcomer, the 14.1-inch Dynabook SS RX2 (pictured), will come with a 128GB SSD, and cost $2,840. All of these will come with Intel Core 2 Duo processors and Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT graphics processors.
Though, unless you’re currently living in Japan or are willing to import one of these from overseas, you won’t be getting your hands on one of these anytime soon. Currently, they’re only available in the land of the rising sun, with no mention of plans to bring them to these here United States.