Is it possible today for a large manufacturer of laptops keep out of the race netbooks? The answer seems not for the Japanese Toshiba, which announces the arrival of its first ultraportable low prices, called NB100 and declined in two versions Linux and Windows. Without great originality, Toshiba adopted the processor Atom N270 Intel, clocked at 1.6 GHz, but distinguishes itself by integrating its first netbook an LED screen, which displays a diagonal of 8.9 inches for a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
"The time has come for us to invest the market segment netbooks which, according to analysts, is expected to register sustained growth over the next three or four years," said Eric Cariou, executive director of the division informatics Toshiba France.
The NB100 offers three USB 2.0 ports for recharging a device even when the netbook is off, a 0.3 megapixel camera, an 802.11g WiFi, a VGA output, a memory card reader (MMC, SD, Memory Stick ) And a 10/100 Ethernet port. He will be accompanied by a four-cell battery (5200 mAh) which should therefore allow autonomy greater than or equal to three hours.
The Linux version, for which Toshiba has chosen to use the popular distribution Ubuntu, version 8.04, adopts a silver, and has 512 megabytes of RAM and a hard drive from 80 GB to 5400 revolutions per minute. Reference known NB100-10X, it should be launched in France at a price of 329 euros. The Windows XP will in turn reference NB100-111. From black, it will offer 1 GB of RAM and a hard disk of 120 GB, always at 5400 revolutions per minute. Its price will amount to 379 euros. Toshiba advance availability scheduled for the month of October.