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  • Toshiba Announces Release of Super Thin Notebook PCs
  • July 3, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Toshiba Corp. launched two 19.8mm thick DynaBookSS PORTEGE 3000 series models which it claims are the thinnest B5-sized personal computers on the market.
    The portable models are a light 1.19kg, which includes the weight of the batteries.

    The company also used the occasion to announce the release of two other ultra-thin PC products, its new A 4 size notebook PC, the DynaBookSS PORTEGE 6000, and its new mini -notebook PC, the LibrettoSS 1000 (See chart ).

    Tetsuya Mizoguchi, a Toshiba senior vice president, commented that by introducing these new products the company was hoping to be able to command a share in excess of 20 percent of the domestic PC market.

    The two new B5-size DynaBookSS PORTEGE models, the 3010CT and the 30 00CT, measure 257mm (width) x 199mm (depth) x 19.8mm (thickness). The differences between the two models are in the operating frequency of the processors and in the capacity of hard disk drives .

    The 3010CT is equipped with a 266MHz Pentium MMX processor and a 4. 3GB hard drive, while the 3000CT employs a 233MHz version of the same chip and a 2.1GB hard drive.

    In order to make the PCs both thinner and lighter, Toshiba developed new components and modules. A 0.7mm-thin magnesium alloy has been used to construct the body unit, and the 2.5-in. hard drive is a thin-type device. The company has also developed a new chip set specifically for the thin PC products.

    The display used is a 10.4-in. color thin-film transistor liquid -crystal display (TFT-LCD) which has a maximum resolution of 800 x 6 00 dots and can handle 16.77 million shades of color. The machines have Windows 95 preinstalled, and they are supplied with a coupon offering a free Windows 98 upgrade.

    The 3000CT model will go on sale July 3, while the 3010CT model will be made available July 10. Both are to be offered at an open price, but Toshiba is expecting retail prices to be around 320,000 yen (US $2,300) for the 3010CT and 270,000 yen (US$1,950) for the 3000CT.

    The A4 size DynaBookSS PORTEGE 6000 measures 297mm (w) x 236mm (d) x 24.5mm (thickness at the front) / 28mm (thickness at the back). Its weight, including the battery, is 1.79kg, and its body unit is constructed of a 1mm thick magnesium alloy.

    The processor it employs is a 266MHz Pentium MMX chip. The machine is equipped with a 12.1-in. color TFT-LCD, with a maximum resolution of 800 x 600 dots, and which can display up to 16.77 million colors. As for the operating system, users are offered a choice between Windows 95 and Windows 98 the first time they switch on the PC.

    The PORTEGE 6000 will go on sale July 25, priced at 428,000 yen (US$ 3,100).

    The dimensions of the new mini-notebook LibrettoSS 1000 model -- available in two versions, the 1000CT and 1000CTA, the only difference being in the supplied software -- are 215mm (w) x 125mm (d) x 24.5mm (thickness at the front) / 25.4mm (thickness at the back). It weighs only 820g, including the battery, and the body unit is made of 0.7 mm- thick magnesium alloy.

    The only difference between the two versions is that the 1000CTA is supplied with application software, whereas the 1000CT is not. The actual hardware specifications are exactly the same for both versions. The CPU employed is a 166MHz MMX Pentium, and the display is a 6.1-inch color TFT-LCD capable of displaying 640 x 480 dots and 16.77 million colors. It comes with Windows 95 preinstalled, but buyers will receive a coupon entitling them to a free Windows 9 8 upgrade.

    Both the 1000CT and 1000CTA versions will appear in the shops on July 17. They are being offered at an open price, but Toshiba estimates that actual retail prices are likely to be around 210,000 yen (US$1,520) for the former and 240,000 yen (US$1,740) for the latter.

    Chart: DynaBookSS series and LibrettoSS series

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    Updated: Thu Jul 2 16:34:14 1998