Toshiba Unveils World’s First 4K Laptop, but There’s a Catch…
by Stephan – June 18th, 2014.
Something a lot of fans of 4K have probably been thinking about for some time is finally on the market, a 4K laptop, thanks to electronics manufacturer Toshiba. However, the catch is that for the moment at least, this machine is only being unveiled and retailed in India, at a price tag of Rs 86,000 (Rupees), which translates to the surprisingly reasonable price of $1,425 USD.
The Toshiba Satellite P50 was introduced today at an electronics event in India’s capital city of Delhi and will be brought in phases to the wider market soon. It is also expected to be available in the U.S as of next week for only a slightly higher price of $1,499 USD.
As Toshiba’s flagship line of laptops, Satellite is already a well-known and widely used laptop brand. Now, thanks to the 4K capacity, the new Satellite P50 features the first Ultra HD 4K screen ever built into a laptop. Toshiba’s 15.6 inch TruBrite display gives users a full 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and is completely touch compatible, given how the P50 comes with Windows 8.1 built into it.
While Toshiba isn’t nearly as known for ultra-high end laptops as other manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and Sony are, there’s hope that unveiling the unique 4K display and combining it with a surprisingly decent price will cause sales and reputation to take off.
The Toshiba Satellite P50 goes a high cut above most conventional Toshiba Satellite laptops by offering a number of very good specs in addition to its 4K display. It offers an i7 47ooHQ processor that’s one of the best on the market with its 6M Cache and 3.40 GHz of power. A 16 GB, 1600MHz RAM and AMD Radeon R9 M265X dedicated GPU also come packed into the P50 and the 1 terabyte hard drive is nothing to laugh at.
Physically, its slim design and silver metallic finish also make the P50 a very stylish looking laptop in addition to its great specs.
Given the current trend of steady 4K resolution development in products ranging from TVs, to cameras, to projectors and to computer display monitors, it’s very likely that 4K resolution on laptop displays will become much more common. For Toshiba, the Indian market is a great initial testing ground.
High resolution Laptop displays aren’t something completely new on the market even now. While displays that expand beyond the conventional HD resolution of 1080p have only started appearing on sale fairly recently, they’re already being sold by a number of manufacturers.
However, most of them only offer upgraded super high definition resolutions of 2560 x 1440 pixels, which is called WQHD, or the even higher pixel count of 3200 x 1800 pixels, which is available with certain brands of Samsung and Lenovo laptops.
So far though, Toshiba is the first and only laptop maker to go the full 9 yards and place a full 4k resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels into its regular sized laptop screens. Though this isn’t exactly light years ahead of the other slightly smaller Ultra HD resolutions, it does offer a novelty improvement that will definitely be copied by other makers on the retail market very soon.
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