Toshiba opened the IFA show in Berlin with a trio of portable Windows 8 PCs, each aimed at a different user profile.
The traditional Toshiba Satellite NB15T is a compact 11.6in touch laptop, the in-between detachable hybrid 13.3in Satellite Click gives users part-time tablet usability, and the 8in Satellite Encore is a Windows 8.1 tablet for ultimate portability. Each system is coming in time for the 2013 holiday season.
The Toshiba Satellite NB15T is the modern touch-equipped equivalent to the netbooks of 2008-2011. It's a compact system with an 11.6in touch display and a 500GB hard drive, USB 3.0, HDMI, and an Intel Celeron N2810 dual-core processor. The NB15T is made for the budget-minded user who wants the usability of a physical keyboard, and extra portability at a sub-$400 price point. The Satellite NB15T will be available in November for a starting price of $379.99 (£244).
The Toshiba Satellite Click is an in-between system, with the benefits of a detachable hybrid form factor. The Satellite Click has all its PC hardware built behind the screen, so it can be detached to work as a 13.3in touch tablet. The keyboard base has extra battery cells built in to give users around two more hours of extra runtime in addition to the extra utility from the keyboard and trackpad. When docked and plugged in, the battery behind the screen charges first, then the battery in the base. When away from AC power, the batteries discharge in reverse order, ensuring that the tablet portion of the system has the most available power.
The Satellite Click uses an AMD A4 (Temash) processor with built-in AMD Radeon HD 8000 graphics, 4GB of system memory, and a 500GB hard drive. The Satellite Click will come with Windows 8 with an available update to Windows 8.1. The Satellite Click will be available from Best Buy and Toshiba's online store in September starting at $599.99 (£385).
Last, but not least, Toshiba will be launching the Toshiba Encore, an 8in touch slate tablet running Windows 8.1. This makes the Encore more compatible with older Windows programs than similarly-equipped tablets running Windows RT. The Encore uses the latest version of Intel's Atom processor and comes with an 8in IPS screen for better viewing angles and brightness.
The Encore is Skype optimised, with a 2-megapixel front and 8-megapixel back camera, and the Encore supports 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi. The Encore comes with Skype, Xbox Smart Glass, and a full version of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), so it is usable straight out of the box. There's 32GB of SSD storage, a microSD slot for up to 32GB more storage, Micro USB 2.0, and Micro HDMI for external display support.
The Encore is only 0.42in thick, yet gives its users a 1,280 x 800 resolution 8in screen. The Encore gives its users features they expect, like accelerometers, gyroscopic control, stereo speakers, and GPS. It will be available in November starting at $329.99 (£210).