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Toshiba lays claim to world's lightest laptop

Toshiba lays claim to world's lightest laptop

Toshiba launched a new ultraportable laptop that it claims is the world's lightest, putting it in contention with vendors including Apple and Lenovo.

The company said the full-featured Portégé R500-S5007V weighs just 1.08 kilos, compared to Apple's MacBook Air, which weighs 1.36 kilos and Lenovo's Thinkpad X300, which weighs around 1.31 kilos. The laptop measures 19.55mm at its thinnest point, according to Toshiba.

The company also claimed that the new laptop was the first to include a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) to replace the hard drive. Laptops to date have had 64GB of storage, though both Lenovo and Apple provide 128GB of storage through two 64GB modules.

SSD has no moving parts like a hard drive, so it consumes less power that can give the battery more runtime. The laptop can run for an eight-hour runtime on a single battery charge, according to Toshiba. The company did not respond immediately to questions about the type of battery in the laptop.

Battery life is also preserved by the laptop's transreflective 12.1-inch screen, which can shut down the LED (light-emitting diode) backlighting by reflecting the sun's rays to illuminate the screen, according to Toshiba.

For US$2999, users can get a laptop powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 processor at 1.33GHz, with 2M bytes of cache and 2G bytes of RAM. It will come with Windows Vista Business OS, which is also downgradable to Windows XP Professional. The laptop includes a SuperMulti optical drive that can read and rewrite DVD and CD media, wired and wireless 802.11 a/g/n networking, Bluetooth 2.0 support and built-in safety features to protect laptop data during falls.

Toshiba said the laptop includes a specially built motherboard that can provide the same functionality of boards found in 15.4-inch laptops, but is one-third the size.

The laptop will start shipping in the third quarter this year, according to the company. The company wasn't available to comment on worldwide availability.


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