The first laptop computer to feature an HD DVD-R drive, Toshiba Corp.'s Qosmio Q30, went on sale in Japan over the weekend.
HD DVD-R is the read-only version of the HD DVD format and a single-sided disc can hold up to 15G bytes of data. The format, which is principally backed by Toshiba, is in competition with Blu-ray Disc, which is backed by Sony Corp.
The Qosmio G30/97A is an upgraded model of the existing Qosmio laptop computer that is already on sale in several markets worldwide. It is based on an Intel Corp. 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor and has a 17-inch widescreen display with 1,920 pixel by 1,280 pixel resolution, which means it can show high-definition images from HD DVD movie discs. The 4.8-kg machine also features a 320G-byte hard-disk drive, digital TV tuner and HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) output.
Toshiba announced the laptop in mid-January also displayed at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. It's on sale for around ¥373,365 (US$3,085) in Japan at present. Toshiba hasn't announced international launch plans or prices but says it will go on sale overseas.
To coincide with the launch of the new laptop, Hitachi Maxell Ltd. is putting blank HD DVD-R media on the market for around ¥1,500 per disc.