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Toshiba introduces next-generation Tablet PC

  • 27 November, 2003 16:24

<p>TOSHIBA INTRODUCES NEXT GENERATION TABLET PC</p>
<p>Toshiba's Portégé M200 Notebook Computer Brings New Level of Productivity and System Performance to all Mobile Professionals</p>
<p>Sydney: 27 November, 2003 — Building upon its award-winning tablet PC platform, Toshiba (Australia) Pty. Limited, Information Systems Division (ISD) today introduced its next generation tablet PC offering an impressive array of productivity tools and a new, uniquely designed docking station. The Portégé® M200 is built on the success of Toshiba's Portégé 3500 offering advanced wireless connectivity with Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and a dual axis accelerometer which allows users to manually tilt the notebook up or down, for scroll type functionality. With enhanced design and system performance, the Portégé M200 offers users a more intuitive interface and a natural, practical way of working with their computer.</p>
<p>Appealing to the mobile professional from the enterprise customer to small-medium sized business and education, the Portégé M200 offers a range of new options for users who want flexibility and convenience. From large sales force automation roll-outs, field data capture applications to converting text to digital ink, the Portégé M200 is attractive to a broad set of customers looking to maximise productivity. Like its predecessor, the Portégé M200 works as an everyday notebook computer, but includes an innovative display that rotates and folds back for convenient information viewing and sharing, and offers a choice of data input modes such as typing, writing or speech.</p>
<p>"Over the past year, Toshiba's tablet PC has gained acceptance because of its portability, versatility and ability to function beyond the traditional range of PC applications. Organisations of all sizes across vast industries including insurance, pharmaceuticals and medical are using Toshiba's award winning platform and are finding new ways to increase productivity during their entire business day," said Laurie White, Product Marketing Manager, Toshiba ISD. "The Portégé M200 offers some great new options including a docking station that will provide new usage scenarios and increased applications for everyday mobile computing."</p>
<p>Flexible Docking Solution
Designed to encompass a flexible range of desktop usage scenarios, the Portégé M200 offers an optional Toshiba Tablet Multi Dock that allows users to use their tablet PC in a comfortable, natural position and to write on the screen while at their desks. With easy screen rotation to landscape or portrait mode, users now have the ability to adjust the unit at different height levels to fit their own personal comfort level.</p>
<p>Expanding workspace and increasing productivity, the Toshiba Tablet Multi Dock includes an integrated SlimSelect Bay™ to support an additional hard drive or optical drive, enabling users to increase storage capacity, download software or back-up vital data. Toshiba's Tablet Multi Dock also allows users to view multiple applications on either an optional second monitor or the tablet PC screen.</p>
<p>A Full Size Package
Toshiba's Portégé M200 is powered by the NVIDIA GeForce FX Go 5200 32M graphics processing unit (GPU) with 32MB of dedicated DDR memory and Microsoft DirectX® 9.0 support. Users will experience rich graphics to power their daily office tasks and other applications that require powerful graphic support such as developing interactive multimedia presentations, creating Web design content or video editing.</p>
<p>In addition to the 12.1" high-resolution SXGA+ diagonal display, the convertible notebook features a dual axis accelerometer which simplifies how people use and interact with their notebook. When Web browsing, this unique feature allows users to manually tilt their notebook up and down to view the top and bottom of the web page, making research and entertainment convenient. In addition, while viewing an eBook or digital magazine, this feature allows users to turn pages manually by tilting the notebook from left to right--just like the real thing.</p>
<p>Empowering People to do More
The Portégé M200 features Microsoft® Office OneNote™ 2003 for added effectiveness in completing business tasks such as data management, spreadsheets and presentations. OneNote 2003 provides business users the flexibility of a traditional paper notebook while allowing them to easily capture, organise, share and use their notes more effectively.</p>
<p>OneNote offers the flexibility of a paper notebook and the power of digital note-taking, and the Portégé M200 gives users the benefit of advanced mobility features. The combined technology brings a powerful note-taking experience to tablet PC users. With all of their notes in one place, users can be more productive anywhere they work whether in meetings, presentations, brainstorming sessions or at their desks.</p>
<p>A New Definition of Convenience
Other enhancements of the Portégé M200 include pen-enabled programmable buttons which allows users to simply launch an application with the touch of a stylus. In addition, the Portégé M200 features a zooming utility tool where one-touch magnification allows users to recognise icons, toolbars, fonts and more with greater viewability.</p>
<p>Pricing
Recommended retail price $4290 inc. GST.</p>
<p>Product Specifications</p>
<p>Intel® Centrino™ Mobile Technology
- Intel® Pentium® M processor at 1.4GHz
- Intel® PRO Wireless Network Connection 802.11b
- Intel® 855 Chipset Family
Microsoft® Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system
Microsoft® Office OneNote™ 2003
12.1 SXGA+ diagonal poly-silicon TFT display (1400x1050)
NVIDIA® GeForce™ FX Go5200 32M GPU, 32MB DDR video memory
512MB of RAM (expandable to 2GB) DDR SDRAM
60GB* HDD
Optional Atheros WiFi (802.11b/a/g) wireless connectivity
Integrated V.92, Integrated 10/100 Intel Ethernet LAN and Fast IR
One Type II PC Card slot
One Secure Digital (SD) slot
Two USB 2.0 ports
295mm x 249mm x 33-37mm.
Weighs 2kgs
Full-sized key caps/ 19 mm pitch/ 1.7mm keystroke
Up to four and one half hours of battery life with a standard battery**
Bundled Software:
- WinDVD
- Drag 'n Drop
- Toshiba ConfigFree™
- Symbol Commander</p>
<p>*GB means one billion bytes
**Battery life may vary depending on applications, power management settings and features utilised. Recharge time varies depending on usage.</p>
<p>- ENDS-</p>
<p>About Toshiba
Toshiba’s Information Systems Division (ISD) is a division of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, the seventh largest integrated manufacturer of electric and electronic equipment, with around 165,000 employees worldwide, and annual sales of over US$47 billion on a consolidated basis.</p>
<p>Unique among vendors, Toshiba ISD specialises exclusively in mobile solutions and services and is also the only leading computer brand that is 100 per cent channel-centric. A global reputation for quality has been achieved through an R&amp;D budget roughly equal to Australia’s total expenditure as a country in this area.</p>
<p>Toshiba pioneered the notebook market in 1985 and in recent years, Toshiba ISD extended its solutions offering for Australia and New Zealand with the inclusion of a range of projectors, Pocket PCs and personal storage products.</p>
<p>Committed to People, Committed to the Future. Toshiba
Issued by Howorth Communications on behalf of Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited, Information Systems Division.</p>
<p>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>

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