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Toshiba unveils the Dynabook N301 netbook in Japan

The mini-laptop packs a Cedar Trail chip and Harmon Kardan speakers

Toshiba is the next manufacturer to introduce a netbook with an Intel Cedar Trail chip. The new addition to the company’s Dynabook Series of portable computers is dubbed N301 and will first become available on the Japanese market.

The new N301 model will be powered by an Intel Atom N2800 Cedar Trail central processing unit that offers a low power consumption of 6.5W, HyperThreading support (4 threads) and incorporates two physical cores with a clock frequency of 1.86GHz accompanied by the integrated Intel GMA 3650 graphics controller. In addition, Toshiba’s upcoming CT netbook comes with a 10.1-inch widescreen display that has a native resolution of 1024-by-600 pixels.

The mini-notebook will supposedly be equipped with up to 4GB of internal DDR3 memory and a 320GB rotating hard drive. Other features include a Wireless LAN 802.11 b/g/n module (no Bluetooth connectivity), three USB 2.0 ports, a 4-in-1 memory card reader slot and a D-Sub connector. The maker has apparently decided not to include an HDMI interface; however the N301 will ship with built-in Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology that enables users “to enjoy Full HD content on an external HDTV or HD monitor without the hassle of wires”.

Reportedly, the new Dynabook netbook weighs just 1.36kg (3lbs) and comes with a pre-installed Windows 7 Starter operating system. The manufacturer also claims that customers will be able to choose between two battery packs – standard (up to 6.5 hours autonomy period) and large capacity (up to 8 hours battery life). The N301 will presumably feature two integrated Harmon Kardan speakers and will be up for purchase this coming Thursday.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2012-02-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)