Toshiba unveils rival to Apple MacBook Pro called KIRAbook

Toshiba surprised a lot of people by unveiling a new family of Ultrabooks weeks before Intel’s next major refresh which will see Haswell replace Ivy Bridge as the lead architecture.

The KIRAbook range uses a magnesium allow chassis, has a 13.3in IPS display covered with Corning Concore Glass and most importantly, has a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution.

Apple’s MacBook Pro still has the upper hand when it comes to pixel density as it has a slightly smaller screen size (13in) and a higher pixel count (2,560 x 1,600).

The new model starts at $1,599 in the US (around £1,050) for an Intel Core i5 ULV processor. The $1,799 adds a 10-point multi touch display and $1,999 swaps the processor for a Core i7 model.

Other features include a backlit keyboard that has been designed specifically for gamers, Harman Kardon speakers, 8GB of DDR3-1600 memory, a 256GB SSD, a 50Whr battery, two year warranty, Windows 8 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11.

Toshiba UK told us that the Ultrabook has yet to be announced in the UK. It will go on preorder in the U.S. on 3 May and will go on sale on 12 May.