Toshiba officially introduces the Satellite U840 Ultrabook
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The Japanese PC maker Toshiba has officially introduced the Satellite U840 Ultrabook. While we did see this device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas back in January, it was not supposed to become available until later this year (Q3, to be precise). Apparently, the manufacturer has decided to launch the 1.73kg U840 in Australia a bit earlier.
We were told at CES that Toshiba’s new Ultrabook will be powered by an Ivy Bridge CPU which is obviously not the case. We will go ahead and assume they meant the forthcoming US version because this one packs a second generation Sandy Bridge ultra-low voltage Intel Core i5-2467M central processing unit that houses two cores (4 threads) clocked at 1.6GHz (up to 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost) and the integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics controller.
The U840 is equipped with a 14-inch LED-backlit HD widescreen display that offers a native resolution of 1366-by-768 pixels and support for 720p playback. Furthermore, this device comes with 8GB of internal 1333MHz DDR3 memory and a 320GB (plus 16GB SSD) rotating (5400RPM) hybrid drive. Three USB ports (one is USB 3.0) and an HDMI interface are also built-in.
Other features reportedly include Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth V3.0+EDR adapters, an integrated web camera, a backlit spill-resistant keyboard and a 6-cell battery (no word on battery life). Toshiba’s U840 will supposedly ship with a pre-installed 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium operating system and will be available in “Ultra Metallic Silver”. Price starts at 1,499 AUD (or approximately 1,618 USD).