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Toshiba unveils new high-end ultrabook

Toshiba has pulled the wraps off a new series of notebook computer called the KIRAbook. The machine is an all-new ultrabook promising a lightweight and compact design thanks to its magnesium alloy chassis.

The 2.6-lb machine has a 13-inch PixelPure display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (221 pixels per inch). Toshiba promises that the screen delivers razor-sharp clarity for text, photos, movies, games, and other content types. The KIRAbook will be available in standard, and touch screen versions -- the touch screen version of the ultrabook supports 10-points of touch and Windows 8 gestures.


Toshiba says that a high-capacity lithium polymer battery promising all-day battery life, while storage duties are handled by a 256 GB SSD. The ultrabook will offer 8 GB of 1600 MHz memory and a range of third generation Intel Core processors.
 
Pre-orders for the KIRAbook will kick off on May 3 with purchases starting May 12 online. Pricing begins at $1599 and goes up to $1999 depending on the processor chosen.
 
The KIRAbook joins other high-resolution 13” notebooks like the 13” Retina MacBook Pro and the 13” Google Chromebook Pixel.

Sources: Toshiba, The Verge



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RE: Hilarious
By inighthawki on 4/19/2013 3:11:35 AM , Rating: 2
Web browsing isn't exactly a great metric at determining how well the battery plays with resolution. Play some games, do some rendering work. Web browsing with wifi on? You might as well leave it idle. You're probably queuing almost no work to the GPU, and the extra battery power is just going to the backlight.

I also never stated the GPU would struggle by any means. Ivy bridge is more than powerful enough to power a 1440p display. But larger display = larger workloads = less idle time = less battery life.


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