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Toshiba heralds a new era of mobile digital entertainment

  • 20 October, 2004 09:50

<p>Sydney, 19th October 2004: Toshiba (Australia) Information Systems Division (ISD) announced a new class of consumer technology today with the introduction of ‘Qosmio’, a four-in-one mobile digital entertainment unit for Australian consumers.</p>
<p>Uniquely combined into a mobile platform, Qosmio offers:
- Live television, including pause and scroll functionality (time slip viewing), on a crystal-definition, ultra-bright two lamp display, in either 15.4" or 17" widescreen sizes;
- DVD watching and recording, through DVD SuperMulti (double layer) drives and quick-start functionality, providing users with immediate access to content;
- High quality stereo audio on Harmon/Kardon® premium speakers and SRS tru-sound technology, with CD playback and recording;
- A wi-fi and Bluetooth™ enabled notebook.</p>
<p>“Digital convergence in the home is no longer just a notion, it’s now a reality for Australians,” said Matt Codrington, Product Marketing Manager, Toshiba ISD.</p>
<p>“Consumers are more familiar than ever with digital hardware such as MP3 players and camcorders, and demanding of content thanks to broadband and the internet. Qosmio represents the next evolution in bringing all of this functionality into one mobile entertainment device, and with functions like pausing and scrolling live television, is signifies a leap in technology not before seen within the home,” he said.</p>
<p>AV-Note: The latest in converged entertainment in a mobile platform
Using Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) 2005 operating system, the two models in the Qosmio range are the only such devices to be available as a notebook computer. This enables users to easily transport Qosmio into any living space - inside or outside the home.</p>
<p>“With the Qosmio AV-Note, we have combined our expertise in mobile computing with the latest display, video and audio technology. As a result of our partnership with Microsoft, consumers now have a central way to enjoy and manage all of their video, music, and photography as well as keep in touch, learn and share via the Internet and other computer applications,” said Mr Codrington.</p>
<p>Instant-on DVD and CD</p>
<p>As the next step in one-touch entertainment, Qosmio also features ‘QosmioPlayer’ a unique quick-start player allowing users to instantly play DVDs and CDs using standard AV buttons, without having to boot the computer. In addition, users can browse channels or videos through Windows XP MCE using a single remote control.</p>
<p>Toshiba has installed an integrated TV tuner and high quality video encoder, dubbed QosmioEngine*, to ensure users can watch, pause and time slip view live television with the most high definition and crisp imagery available. Qosmio comes in two screen sizes – a 17” and 15.4” XGA widescreen. Quality of resolution is further augmented with the use of high-brightness CSV display panels, two lamp screens and anti-glare technology - ensuring viewers have the same experience whether indoors or in the sun.</p>
<p>Extend the experience into other living spaces - wirelessly</p>
<p>The inclusion of the latest wi-fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth™ standard in Qosmio allows users to replicate their entertainment experience to any other compatible wireless PC elsewhere in the home or office. So in addition to being able to transport the unit to any convenient space, users may stream content from a central Qosmio hub to another device via a standard wireless network.</p>
<p>No compromise in multimedia quality and functionality</p>
<p>Qosmio also brings to consumers the latest in multimedia capability and quality. The inclusion of DVD SuperMulti (double layer) multiple format drives allows DVDs and CDs to be copied and viewed anywhere. Toshiba has also uniquely included 30 millimetre Harmon/Kardon® speakers with SRS TruSurround XT Sound for the best in audio sound quality – for recreational use or when delivering presentations.</p>
<p>In addition to those looking for a mobile presentation device, frequent corporate travellers, gamers and designers will also benefit from the latest computing technology included in Qosmio, including: an 80 or 160 gigabyte (GB) hard drive, and the advanced Intel® Pentium® M Processor 755 with enhanced Intel Speedstep® technology.</p>
<p>Windows XP MCE 2005 - One remote to control all entertainment</p>
<p>The inclusion of Microsoft Windows XP MCE provides Qosmio users with a central and intuitive interface through which to store and navigate all digital files. Users can easily manage personal AV libraries, music collections and photos, navigate TV and DVDs, use any of their normal computer applications, as well as change settings such as display brightness through a single remote control.</p>
<p>Pricing and availability
Qosmio is available from Dick Smith Powerhouse, selected Harvey Norman, David Jones, MYER, Domayne &amp; Clive Peeters stores.</p>
<p>The Qosmio F10 with a 15.4” screen retails at $4,999 including GST, whilst the Qosmio G10, the 17” version, retails at $5,999 including GST.</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. With notebook market share of 24.3% (according to IDC’s Q3 2003 figures), Toshiba ISD is comfortably the Australian market share market leader.
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.
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>Toshiba’s Virtual Pressroom: www.isd.toshiba.com.au</p>
<p>For further press information please contact:
Caroline Hendra or Peta O’Connor
Howorth Communications
Ph: 02 8281 3810
Email: pr@howorth.com.au</p>

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