updated 08:50 am EDT, Wed May 9, 2007
Toshiba Qosmio G45
Toshiba on Wednesday launched a sweeping series of changes to its notebooks, topping them all with the introduction of a new Qosmio media center portable. As alluded to by a European leak, the G45 will represent a major shift in the style of the previously all-black system and should also be loaded with the company's best features. While the company will only confirm that it will use GeForce Go 8600-series graphics, European and Japanese news points to a 256MB GeForce Go 8600 GT. The hardware will let the PC run full DirectX 10 graphics effects and should also help with video.
Also likely to be included with the G45 are an HD DVD-R drive for reading and writing the new disc format and a 2GHz Core 2 Duo. Memory, storage, and other details have yet to be announced, and are expected to follow when the new Qosmio is released in North America during the summer.
The company lastly promised that its 15.4-inch A205 and 17-inch P205 Satellite systems would also receive the Santa Rosa upgrade, using the faster processors as well as at least some of the added technology, including 802.11n wireless and Intel's Turbo Memory flash cache for faster booting. Exact specs and pricing were also set to wait until the summer, when both Satellites will begin shipping.