JAPANESE COMPUTER MAKER Toshiba announced the UK availability and pricing of its latest Windows 8 line of laptops today, revealing a launch date in line with Microsoft's latest operating system (OS) on 26 October.
The more notable release of the three is the Satellite U920T, which transforms from a laptop to a touchscreen tablet. Originally uncovered at the IFA electronics show back in August, the U920T is what Toshiba calls a "convertible ultrabook", transforming from a laptop to a touchscreen tablet using a mechanism where its 1366x768 12.5in Gorilla Glass display slides to cover the full size keyboard.
Weighing a fairly hefty 1.79kg, the U920T comes with a choice of the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors with Intel's HD 4000 built-in graphics. It also features 6GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD and a 1TB hard disk for short boot times, as well as a 1MP webcam on the front that is paired with another on the rear. This, according to Toshiba, is for when you want to web chat along with your family or colleagues.
As far as connectivity is concerned, the U920T has one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet LAN, and an SD card reader along with standard Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel WiDi for wireless display streaming.
Toshiba said the Satellite U920T will start at £899.
As well as the U920T, Toshiba also announced that its new touch-screen ultrabook, the Satellite P845T, which also was first unveiled at IFA, will go on sale on 26 October.
The P845T is a 14in notebook with a more capacious 750GB hard drive. Design-wise, it's made out of etched, champagne-colored aluminum.
Under the hood, it runs either Intel Core I3 or Core I5 CPUs and has 6GB of RAM. Like its convertible equivalent, there are three USB 3.0 ports, along with HDMI output and Intel's WiDi display connectivity. However, unlike the U920T, the U845T has an ethernet connection port and supports a rather low-end screen resolution of 1366x768.
The Satellite U845T will start at £699.
Along with the U920T and the P845T, Toshiba also said its more affordable ultrabook, the U940 will be available from 26 October. Combining a 14in design with the latest Intel processors for ultrabooks, the Satellite U940 has a silver chassis measuring 20.9mm thick and weighing 1.79kg. As with its sisters, there will also be lots of connectivity options, including HDMI, Ethernet LAN, an SD Card and two USB 3.0 ports.
The U940 will have a starting price of £549. µ
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