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Toshiba Launches Ultramobile PC

Toshiba plans to launch this month a line of notebook PCs that weigh as little as 1.9 pounds, are 0.77 of an inch thick, and sport up to 12.5 hours of battery life.

The Japanese computer maker plans to release the slim, light notebook June 22 in Japan, and in the United States and other countries soon afterwards. The new product will be sold as the Dynabook SS RX Series in Japan, and the Portege R500 Series in overseas markets.

Models that ship with a 64-Gbyte flash drive weigh less than two pounds, while systems with a 120-Gbyte hard drive weigh 2.4 pounds. Other than the weight, the models have the same form factor, and both boast up to 12.5 hours of battery life.

The series includes a 12-inch LED screen with a backlight that can be turned off and on for better viewing outdoors and indoors, respectively. The machines, which are powered by an Intel Coreaa 2 Duo processor with a clock speed of 1.06 GHz, also have a rewritable DVD disk drive that's 0.28 of an inch thick.

The notebooks can withstand a fall of as much as 29.5 inches, and are resistant to accidental spills, which means the user has time to save data and shut off the machine after spilling water, coffee, or soda, Toshiba said.

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