Toshiba introduces 13-inch KIRAbook with ultra-high resolution display
Toshiba has announced its brand new series of premium notebooks dubbed KIRA in the United States. The company introduced a 13.3-inch KIRAbook that measures 316 x 207 x 17.8 mm and has a minimum weight of 2.66-pounds. The 16:9 screen comes with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution placing it in direct competition with the 16:10 (2560 x 1600), 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
According to Toshiba, the pressed magnesium alloy used to make the KIRAbook enclosure is called AZ91. The company believes it to be twice as strong as A6063 (aka aluminum alloy) used in the Macbook Air. Meanwhile the hinge is designed to prohibit the screen from bouncing back when touched, pinched, or tapped.
Toshiba is also especially proud of the 0.7-inch design, factory color-calibrated PixelPure display, harman/kardon speakers, and frameless LED backlit keyboard. The KIRAbook will also come preloaded with complimentary full versions of Adobe Premiere Elements 11 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11. Other specs will include a 256 GB SSD, 8GB DDR3 1600MHz, Bluetooth 4.0, 3 x USB 3.0, and HDMI.
Three versions will be on offer starting with an Intel Core i5-3337U for $1600, a touch-enabled option for $1800, and touch-enabled Intel Core i7-3537U option for $2000. The KIRAbook will be available online for pre-order on May 3 and for purchase on May 12, 2013. (Available at ToshibaDirect.com, Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Microsoft Store, B & H, and Adorama)