Toshiba is still trying to work out what it's going to call its upcoming 10.1-inch tablet, but one thing the company has already figured out is where to sell the device. According to a landing page on Best Buy's website, the mega electronics retailer will carry the device when it launches on...well, Toshiba hasn't figured that bit out just yet either, or if it did, the company is choosing to keep it a secret.
You might not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but Toshiba proved you can bake new tricks into old technology. The company this week beefed up its NAND flash portfolio with SmartNAND, its next generation 24nm NAND flash technology. What makes SmartNAND different from previous NAND products is that it comes with a control chip that supports error correction code (ECC), removing the burden of ECC from the host processor while minimizing protocol changes, Toshiba says.
Like the rest of its consumer electronics peers, Toshiba too is betting big on 3D. But its romance with 3D has been of the glasses-free variety from its very inception. The company holds the distinction of being the first to market with an autostereoscopic 3DTV and has also been seen lugging a glasses-free 3D notebook protoype at recent trade shows. According to Digitimes, the world could see the launch of glasses-less 3D notebooks from Toshiba as early as the second half of 2011.
Some chameleons can change their skin color, both for social signaling and for camouflage. At least one species -- Namaqua Chameleon -- also uses this trick for thermoregulation (it changes to black in the cool morning hours to absorb heat and a light gray in the daytime to reflect light). Toshiba's 15.6-inch Dynabook Qosmio T750 has a lid that changes color because the developers thought it was an awesome idea, and we tend to agree.
The lid isn't made of metal, but plastic with a special coating Toshiba says employs nano-technology, RegHardware.com reports. Using several polyester laminate films, Toshiba is able to give the T750's lid a metallic look without actually using any metal, and that's great for Mother Nature, Toshiba boasts. As you change vantage points, the lid goes from green to blue, with a little bit of purple thrown in for good measure.
Underneath the chameleon-esque lid sits an Intel Core i5 480M processor clocked at 2.66GHz, 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 750GB hard drive, Harman Kardon speakers, 802.11n Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB 2.0, and eSATA. No word on when Toshiba plans to ship this one stateside or for how much.
Everyone, from your dad to your boss to Mama Microsoft, tells you “back up your files.” But what’s the best way to protect your collection of digital music, photos, videos, downloads – and your operating system? To answer that question, we ventured out on a long, test-heavy trail to find the “Ultimate Backup.” Here’s what we found.
PC vendors at CES have been busy unveiling new products built around Intel’s latest generation of Core processors (Sandy Bridge). Unwilling to be left behind, Toshiba too announced a Sandy Bridge-inspired overhaul of its Qosmio and Satellite family of laptops. According to the company, it will begin rolling out new premium and mainstream laptop models with the latest Intel processors later this month.
The high-end Qosmio X505 is among the notebooks that will shortly be receiving new models. Starting at $1,299.99, the new Qosmio X505 laptops feature an 18.4-inch diagonal HD TruBrite widescreen display, the new Core i7 or Core i5 processors, 8GB DDR3 memory, GeForce GTX 460M graphics with up to 1.5GB of discrete DDR5 graphics memory, and a hard drive that spins at 7200 RPM.
The Satellite A660, M640, L650, and E305 notebooks will also be available in completely fresh flavors. However, while Core i7-toting Qosmios and Satellites will be available in January, new Satellite models with the new Intel Core i3 and Core i5 processors will only become available in February 2010.
Toshiba is quite far along when it comes to large autostereoscopic 3D displays. After all, it raised the curtain on the world’s first glasses-free 3D TVs as recently as October at the Ceatec electronics show in Tokyo; two of those TVs have since been launched in Japan. So it should surprise absolutely no one if Tosh also secures the bragging rights for unveiling the first notebook capable of spitting “dead-zone free stereoscopic 3D images” without the need for any special glasses.
The company is about to do precisely that at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Apparently, the glasses-free notebook prototype it's bringing to CES wears the familiar Qosmio badge and combines eye-tracking technology with a parallax 3D LCD display to create the glasses-less 3D effect. The company is targeting an end of the year release for the 3D Qosmio.
Enterprise big wigs have a new solid state drive (SSD) series to choose from, Toshiba's new MKx001GRZB family. Toshiba's latest SSDs come built on a 32nm manufacturing process and sport enterprise grade single-level cell (eSLC) NAND flash memory, whereas most desktop SSDs use multi-level cell (MLC) chips.
The new drives also boast a 6Gb/s Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface, up to 510MB/s sustained reads, up to 230MB/s writes, and random sustained read and write IOPS of 90,000 and 17,000, respectively.
Toshiba's shipping its new SSD family in 100GB, 200GB, and 400GB capacities, each of which the company says is designed for ease of integration into new or existing tier-0 enterprise storage systems and designs, including servers, direct-attached storage, and network-attached storage.
There are a lot of dollars at stake in the emerging tablet war, and one misstep could relegate a company's entry into the 'also ran' pile. One of the big decisions tablet makers have to make is which OS to build their slate around.
Toshiba isn't taking any chances, and rather than roll the dice on Microsoft's Windows 7 or Google's Android or Chrome OSes, the company will instead play all three, DigiTimes reports.
All three tablets will make their debut at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, two of which will boast a 10.1-inch panel. DigiTimes didn't say which one that would be, but did say that the third tablet will sport a slightly larger 11.6-inch panel.
What about the 7-inch form factor, such as the one chosen by Samsung with its Galaxy Tab? Toshiba is planning to attack that segment as well, but is relegating responsibility over to its handset division.