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IFA 2011 | Toshiba unveils Portege Z830 ultrabook

The first ultrabook from Toshiba will be even thinner than the MacBook Air and will launch this coming November

After months of possible manufacturing hurdles, the Intel ultrabooks are finally beginning to make their public debut.

Toshiba at this year’s IFA has stepped into the ultrabook market with its unveiling of the Portege Z830 notebook. This 13.3-inch laptop will be extremely lightweight and thin at only 2.45 pounds (1.11kg) and 0.63 inches (16mm) thick. For comparison, the 13-inch MacBook Air weighs in at almost 3 pounds (1.36kg) with a thickness of 0.68 inches (17mm). The ultrathin form factor shouldn’t be sacrificing build quality either as the chassis will be made of aluminum and magnesium alloy.

The Portege Z830 sets a new standard for thin and light systems, not just in portability, but also in affordability for such cutting-edge designs,” said Toshiba in its press release. A backlit and spill-resistant keyboard are included as well.

The specs of the notebook are equally impressive. The Z830 will include a Sandy Bridge Core ix CPU up to an i7 with up to 6GB of RAM. Exactly what processor models will be made available is still unknown. Fortunately, the Z830 should be coming with a healthy number of connectivity options including USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, WiDi, HDMI, VGA and Ethernet.

Expect this Toshiba ultrabook to hit shelves this coming November. Models will start below $1000, but we expect that the Z830 can easily blow past that price mark with higher-end upgrades.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-09- 1 (Update: 2012-05-26)