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Toshiba launches style icon in mobile computing

  • 07 February, 2007 09:00

<p>Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited Information Systems Division (ISD) today launched its flagship notebook of 2007, the Portégé R400. Designed specifically for the busy executive and style-conscious, the Portégé R400 is a lightweight 12-inch tablet PC that has a white glossy finish and world first technology innovations such as Toshiba Edge Display.</p>
<p>World first - View email and calendar alerts even when the notebook is in sleep-mode</p>
<p>The Portégé R400 is the world’s first notebook computer to include a new innovation where real-time email and calendar alerts can be viewed from a discrete OLED display on the front of the notebook, even when the notebook is closed or in sleep-mode. This new feature provides executives with a way to stay abreast of appointment changes and incoming email alerts instantly, without opening their notebook. This technology is a combination of Microsoft® Active Notifications, which synchronises email and calendar information, and the Toshiba Edge Display, a display located at the front edge of the notebook.</p>
<p>Design is a key feature of the Portégé R400</p>
<p>Designed for executives at the forefront of technology and trends, the Portégé R400 features a new design that will be incorporated throughout Toshiba’s upcoming range of mobile computers. Featuring a white and black colour scheme, the tablet PC has a high-gloss white casing and features an ultraviolet, clear coat cover for greater scratch resistance. The Portégé R400 is also the world’s first latch-free tablet PC, streamlining the design of the notebook.</p>
<p>Driving innovation through partnership</p>
<p>Toshiba and Microsoft began collaborating on the Portégé R400 more than two years ago and the product represents a significant investment from Toshiba in research and development.</p>
<p>"The Portégé R400 showcases the expertise of both Toshiba and Microsoft and is an example of the genius possible when two companies join forces and make a solid commitment to research and development,” said Mark Whittard, general manager, Toshiba ISD. “It may seem like a simple concept to have a display where you can view emails and calendar appointments without opening or turning on the notebook, but this represents a significant technology breakthrough that offers a leap forward in productivity for the mobile user.”</p>
<p>“We are proud of our unique relationship with Microsoft in jointly working on projects to develop hardware innovation that compliments software innovation. With a solid commitment to research and development, Toshiba continues to lead the mobile computing market into the future of converged devices with innovative products like the Portégé R400,” he said.</p>
<p>Always connected</p>
<p>Synchronisation with Toshiba’s ConfigFree software allows the notebook to detect and automatically connect to the strongest and most reliable network connection available, switching between 3G [optional external], Wi-Fi®, Gigabit and Ethernet connections to deliver information instantly. The Portégé R400 also features an enhanced “instant on” feature where it can turn on quickly from sleep-mode. This feature is made possible by Toshiba’s hardware advancements utilising Microsoft’s new Vista operating system.</p>
<p>Leading security and reliability</p>
<p>Providing the most advanced security, system protection and connectivity available, the Portégé R400 incorporates Toshiba’s EasyGuard technology, featuring a biometric fingerprint reader, multi-level passwords, TPM encryption module patented, three-dimensional HDD accelerometer, shock absorbent casing and a spill resistant keyboard.</p>
<p>Other features of the Portégé R400 include:</p>
<p>- 12.1-inch TFT TruBrite LED Backlit WXGA Wide View Tablet</p>
<p>- Intel® Core™ Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U2500</p>
<p>- Genuine Windows® Vista™ Business (OEM)</p>
<p>- 2GB (1024MB + 1024MB) DDR2 533 / 80 GB hard disk drive</p>
<p>- 3 year international parts and labour, Australia and New Zealand.</p>
<p>Pricing and availability</p>
<p>The Portégé R400 retails for AU$3750 including GST and is available via Toshiba Authorised Retailers, Resellers and Distributors. For a full list please visit:</p>
<p>Product specifications</p>
<p>Part Number
Intel® Core™ Duo Processor Ultra Low Voltage U2500 (2 MB Cache, 1.20 GHz, 533 MHz FSB)</p>
<p>System Architecture
Intel® 945GM + Intel® 82801GBM</p>
80GB (4200 rpm) 1.8" PATA HDD</p>
1024MB + 1024MB DDR2 533 (2048MB in total, both Slots used)</p>
<p>Colour Display
12.1" TFT TruBrite LED Backlit WXGA Wide View Tablet (1280 x 800)</p>
<p>Auxiliary Display
Toshiba Edge Display with OLED technology. 256 x 16 dot resolution</p>
Intel® 945GM Graphics Media Accelerator with up to 224MB shared memory (UMA)</p>
Optional External</p>
one Type II PC card slot, RGB, 2 x USB2.0, Gbit LAN, headphone port, microphone port</p>
<p>Wireless Communications
Intel® Golan ABG PRO Wireless 802.11a/b/g, Bluetooth™ V2.0 EDR</p>
<p>Operating System
Genuine Windows® Vista Business (OEM)</p>
<p>External CRT support
RGB external VGA display</p>
<p>Diskette Drive
Optional external USB floppy diskette drive</p>
RealtekSoftware Sound, Intel High Definition Audio Compatible</p>
Built in speaker</p>
<p>Optional Port Rep
Optional USB Port Replicator</p>
<p>Wired Communications
Intel 82573L (Vidalia)® LAN 10/100/1000 TX Ethernet</p>
<p>Primary Battery
6 cell 4000mAh Lithium-Ion battery</p>
<p>Optional Battery
Optional Slice Expansion Battery, 6 cell, 4000mAh</p>
<p>Power Supply
60W worldwide AC adaptor</p>
85 key (US) keyboard and integrated TouchPad™ pointing device</p>
<p>Dimensions (W x D x H)††
304 x 239.5 x 29.9/31.9mm</p>
<p>Weight (kg)
From 1.72kg</p>
Kensington cable lock slot for optional theft protection devices</p>
<p>User and supervisor password protection prevents unauthorised access to startup the Notebook at the BIOS level</p>
<p>Hard Disk password protection prevents unauthorised access to HDD and can be synchronised with the user password</p>
<p>Biometric security with advanced Fingerprint sensor with Toshiba Fingerprint Utility OR Biometric Fingerprint reader with Bios Support</p>
<p>Trusted Platform Module (TPM) V1.2 for hardware encryption.</p>
<p>XD-Bit to aid protection against malicious code</p>
<p>Other Software
Toshiba Active Notification Software Toshiba Disk Creator, Toshiba ConfigFree®, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Toshiba Assist, Norton AntiVirus 2007 (90 day trial )</p>
3 year international parts and labour, Australia and New Zealand. Domestic warranty includes complimentary courier pick-up and return warranty service.</p>
<p>Optional Upgrade 1: SSWA-06033M 3 year next business day on-site service metropolitan (Australia only)</p>
<p>Optional Upgrade 2: SSWA-06033R 3 year next business day on-site service Australia-wide (Australia only)</p>
<p>Environmental Specifications
Temperature (Operating): 5° to 35°C; Thermal gradient (Operating): 15°C/hour; Relative humidity (Operating): 20% to 80%; Shock (Operating): 7G; Vibration (Operating): 0.2G, RoHS Fully Compliant</p>
<p>About Toshiba</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the ninth largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 161,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over A$73billion on a consolidated basis. Toshiba is the leader in the Australian notebook market, growing to 24% of the market in Q3 2006 (IDC) and remaining as leader both in market share and revenue.
Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.
Since it pioneered the notebook market in 1985, Toshiba ISD has sold more than 1.75 million notebooks in Australia and New Zealand and is this year celebrating its 21st anniversary of providing market leading mobile computing solutions.
Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom:</p>

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