Toshiba Qosmio G45-AV690  (Source: Toshiba)
Despite the recent string of bad news, Toshiba introduces new HD DVD-based products

Toshiba recently suffered a crippling blow by the hands of Warner Bros. The film studio announced on Friday that it would phase out the introduction of new HD DVD titles in May 2008 and instead will focus on standard definition DVDs and Blu-ray titles.

While the news was enough to make Toshiba and the HD DVD Group to cancel a CES press conference and 1:1 meetings with reporters, it hasn't stopped the introduction of the company's latest HD DVD-equipped notebook computer.

The new Qosmio G45-AV690 was announced today as the world’s first notebook with an HD DVD-R/RW drive.

“The Qosmio continues to lead the computer industry in terms of high-definition capabilities by bringing many of the most advanced technologies together into a solid and cohesive machine,” said Toshiba's Jeff Barney. “In a digital world that is driven by power cloaked in simplicity, the Qosmio G45-AV690 is the central hub of a user’s personal Digital Ecosystem, providing users with the ability to enjoy their HD content, while expressing themselves more fully in a digital world, and using HD DVD as a personal means of doing so.”

In addition to the headlining HD DVD-R/RW drive, the Qosmio G45-AV690 features an Intel Core 2 Duo T9300 processor, NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT GPU, 3GB of DDR2 memory, a 320GB HDD, 17" 1080p display, 5.1 surround sound, HDMI output, an OpenCable (OCUR) HDTV tuner and four Harman Kardon stereo speakers with an integrated subwoofer.

The Qosmio G45-AV690 is available now with at a price tag of $3,199 USD.

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