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TMCNet:  Toshiba Introduces the First Chromebook with 13-Inch Screen

[January 06, 2014]

Toshiba Introduces the First Chromebook with 13-Inch Screen

LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--

CES (News - Alert) 2014, LVCC Central Hall Booth #10926 - Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba (News - Alert) America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the company's first entry into the growing Chromebook market - and the first device of its kind to feature a 13.3-inch diagonal HD display1. Sleek, lightweight and always up to date, the Toshiba Chromebook is an ideal choice for students and home users looking for a lightweight, cost-effective PC that's easy to use, easy to manage and convenient for everyday use. Priced at just $279.99 MSRP2, the Toshiba Chromebook will be available for purchase from US retailers beginning in February.

The only Chromebook in the category to feature a 13.3-inch diagonal HD display, Toshiba's Chromebook ...

The only Chromebook in the category to feature a 13.3-inch diagonal HD display, Toshiba's Chromebook offers greater versatility for productivity-driven users. (Photo: Business Wire)

"We see great potential in Chrome OS as it offers both consumers and educators a simple and easy-to-use computing experience," said Carl Pinto, vice president of marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. "We believe that bringing a more versatile 13-inch model to market will help drive the entire category forward by giving customers an option that opens new doors for productivity, not only for consumers, but also students and educators."

Sized Right for Work and Play

The Toshiba Chromebook features a 13.3-inch diagonal HD TruBrite™ display with a native 1366 x 768 screen resolution, offering more room for web browsing, document creation, video chatting and apps than a tablet and is better suited for productivity - just like a laptop. A full-size Chrome-optimized keyboard and spacious touchpad makes getting work done a cinch online with an increasing number of productivity-driven apps like Gmail, Calendar, Docs and more that enable users to continue working even when not connected.

"The Toshiba Chromebook will super-charge productivity for consumers, schools and businesses, with its 13-inch screen and long battery life," said Caesar Sengupta, vice president of product management, Google (News - Alert). "With this new addition to the Chromebook family, consumers have even more choices at very affordable prices."

Speedy Performance with All the Essentials

The new Toshiba Chromebook was designed from the ground up, weighing just 3.3 pounds and featuring a slim 0.8-inch profile sporting a sleek new design with a textured finish. A Haswell-based Intel® Celeron™ processor3 plus 2GB of RAM4 and a 16GB solid state drive5 deliver versatile performance, ultra-fast start up time and a long battery life of up to nine hours6. An everyday cloud companion, the device is equipped with 100GB Google Drive storage7 out of the box enabling a storage place for files and media that can be easily synced, shared and accessed across other smartphone and computing devices. This Chromebook is also equipped with laptop essentials for greater usability, including two USB 3.0 ports8, a full-size HDMI® port, security lock slot and a memory cad reader, plus Bluetooth® 4.0 and dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi®.

Hassle-free Maintenance

Chromebooks are designed with security in mind, which helps keep users safe from viruses and malware without having to buy and install security software separately. They also update themselves automatically, for free, so they get faster, more efficient and more feature-rich over time.

Availability

The Toshiba Chromebook will be available beginning February 16, 2014 at major retailers, e-tailers and direct from Toshiba at Toshiba.com/us.

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About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of three business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide digital products, services and solutions, including industry-leading portable computers; televisions, TV/DVD Combination products, Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD products, and portable devices; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for computers; and IP business telephone systems with unified communications, collaboration and mobility applications. TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. For more information on TAIS visit us.toshiba.com.

About Toshiba Corporation

Toshiba is a world-leading diversified manufacturer, solutions provider and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products and systems. Toshiba Group brings innovation and imagination to a wide range of businesses: digital products, including LCD TVs, notebook PCs, retail solutions and MFPs; electronic devices, including semiconductors, storage products and materials; industrial and social infrastructure systems, including power generation systems, smart community solutions, medical systems and escalators & elevators; and home appliances. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 590 consolidated companies, with 206,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing 5.8 trillion yen (US$61 billion). Visit Toshiba's web site at www.toshiba.co.jp/index.htm.

© 2014 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.

1 Display. Any small bright dots that may appear on your display are an intrinsic characteristic of the thin film transistors manufacturing technology. See Display Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
2 Price. Reseller prices may vary. MSRP means "Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price."
3 Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
4 Memory. Memory size may vary. See Memory Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
5 Solid State Drive Capacity. Drive capacity may vary. One Gigabyte (GB) means 109 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. See Solid State Drive Capacity Legal Footnote at www.info.toshiba.com
6 Battery Life. Actual battery life may vary. See Battery Life (Chromebook) Legal Footnote at info.toshiba.com for more information.
7 100GB Google Drive Storage. Offer subject to change without notice - see Google Drive terms for more details.
8 USB 3.0. 5Gbps is the maximum theoretical interface transfer rate per the specifications of the Universal Serial Bus 3.0. Actual transfer rate will vary depending on your system configuration and other factors


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