This is the announcement we’ve been waiting for: Toshiba’s new ultrabook line-up for the Back to School 2012 season. Recently we reported that Toshiba was planning to end the production of new netbooks in the U.S. Now we see what they have planned to fill the gap. By the end of June or early July, Toshiba plans to release 3 new ultrabooks: the Portege Z930/Z935, the Satellite U845 and the Satellite U845W.
The Toshiba Portege Z930/Z935 is the logical progression of its predecessor, the Z830/Z835. The screen remains the same at 13.3 inches and will dissolve 1366 x 768 pixels with a ratio of 16 x. The camera on board shoots HD video at 720 megapixels. The more than meets the category’s requirements with a width of only 0.63 inches and a weight of a mere 2.5 pounds.
The Z930 series will, of course, have HDMI and Ethernet as well as 1 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports and a memory card reader. An SSD will also be available and there is an option of a 256 GB SSD available. According to Duc Dang at Toshiba, the SSD will be faster, the screen a little stiffer and the display a little sharper. The Portege Z930/Z935 will also have the Intel Ivy Bridge processor. Toshiba optimistically states that up to 8 hours of battery life is possible with the ultrabook. Prices start at $929.
Next in the line-up is the Satellite U845, a more average consumer driven ultrabook. The U845 will have a 14 inch display with 1366 x 768 pixels, but there is no higher resolution option available. The Satellite U845 won’t be as thin or as light as the Portege Z930, but it still rounds out at only 0.78 inches in width and 3.9 pounds. The new ultrabook will come with 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, HDMI and Ethernet ports as well as a memory card reader. The Satellite U845 also has the SSD option at 128 or 256 GB and will run on Ivy Bridge with Core I 3, 5 and 7 options. Its starting price will be $749.
In addition to the first Satellite ultrabook mentioned above, Toshiba will be presenting “the world’s first entertainment ultrabook”, the Satellite U845W. The Satellite U845W will have a 14.4 inch HD display with a resolution of 1792 x 768. With such a high-powered display, Toshiba intends to give the user the movie theater experience. The Satellite U845W will also be able to support 21 x 9 content- meaning that “this film will not be formatted to fit your screen” as they say on DVD’s. The speakers will be built in to prevent annoying modularity.
It also has typical ultrabook features: 3 USB 3.0, HDMi, Ethernet, memory card reader and SSD capabilities. The Satellite U845W will have the option of Toshiba Smart View software which will allow the user to customize their screen view while having multiple windows open. The ultrabook is also optimized for Windows 8. It’s starting price in $999.99.
It will be interesting to see how the new line up does and how effective the new “entertainment ultrabook” is for the home theater experience.