JAPANESE INDUSTRIAL GIANT Toshiba has released its first Chromebook in the UK, announcing that the 13.3in device will be available from Monday in a silver finish.
Weighing 1.5kg and boasting a dual-core 1.4GHz Intel Celeron 2955U processor, integrated Intel HD graphics, 2GB of RAM and a 16GB SSD with 1TB of Google Drive storage, the Toshiba Chromebook is the Japanese company's first foray away from Windows.
Sales figures for machines running the Google branded Chrome OS have been good and now it seems that Toshiba is the latest company to break into the market.
Also on board are stereo speakers, an HD webcam, an SD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0 support and battery life that the company claims to be up to nine hours based on Google's benchmarking. The display has 1366x768 HD 720p resolution.
Toshiba Europe marketing director of the Lifestyle Products and Services Group Matt McDowell said, "It's an all-in, fast and user-friendly Chrome OS device - which makes it ideal for everyone from business professionals looking for new ways of working, to consumers who already use the cloud, to students looking for a light, fashionable and affordable device."
The Toshiba Chromebook is already available to pre-order in the UK for £249, courtesy of Amazon, and while it doesn't offer specifications that differ greatly from other Chromebooks, its price is comparable with those of others like it, meaning it could be a sales contender.
Build quality will be an important factor, and we will know more about that when we get our hands on one very soon. µ