Tablets just keep getting lighter and thinner. In fact, it seems the only thing that's unwavering is that cemented $579 starter price tag.
Toshiba today unveiled new pricing and product details for its early 2012 product lineup, led by its latest tablet, the upcoming AT200, and new Ultrabook model, the Satellite U840. The AT200, Toshiba's third-gen tablet after last year's AT100
, looks like the company's most attractive Android effort yet.
Set for release early February with an RRP of $579, the AT200 (above) claims to be the world's thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet, weighing just 535g and measuring 7.7mm in thickness -- sneaking in under the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's respective 565g/8.6mm and the iPad 2's 613g/8.8mm. The trim-down is particularly remarkable given the outstanding girth of Toshiba's original AT100 released last June, which benched in at a decidedly bulky 771g/15mm. The AT200 will run Android 3.2 and feature a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 Gorilla Glass display, 16GB SSD and 5MP/2MP rear/front cameras.
Toshiba's new Satellite U840 Ultrabook (above) will retail for $1,499 and sets itself apart with a 14-inch 1,366 x 768 LED backlit display, an inch larger than the 13-inch norm. The Core i5 machine is heavy for an Ultrabook at 1.73kg, due not only to its larger display but also its inclusion of a genre-skirting hybrid hard drive (320GB mechanical drive plus 16GB SSD). Still, with eight hours of battery life, three USB ports (including one USB 3.0) and a full-size HDMI port, all housed in a sleek "ultra-metallic" silver finish, it's likely to find an audience attracted to the larger form factor. Toshiba also refreshed its AT1S0 tablet today, which is now available with up to 16GB storage, and announced updates to the Qosmio notebook line with revisions for its Qosmio X770
(gaming) and Qosmio F570