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Toshiba Officially Launches Qosmio Laptops

From Tosbiba’s press release:

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD) today continued its mission to lead in digital convergence with the launch of the new Qosmio (pronounced “koss-mee-oh”) brand of AV notebook PCs. Toshiba’s Qosmio is a highly integrated, mobile personal entertainment and computing device that offers users a unique “four-in-one” experience with TV, audio, DVD recorder and PC functionality. The announcement of the new Qosmio series represents a significant milestone in Toshiba’s global strategy to lead the digital convergence space and meet the rising demand for easy to use, personal entertainment solutions.

The new Qosmio E15-AV101 notebook PC is Toshiba’s first in a line of innovations to create a new product category that re-defines how consumers think about digital products and entertainment. Available in August 2004, Qosmio is the “must have” AV notebook PC for the modern household or technology-driven consumer. It’s suited for the digital den where the family gathers to enjoy movies, music or computing and ideal for a bedroom, dorm room or RV where space is limited. The “four-in-one” device can replace the need for multiple consumer electronics devices such as a TV, DVD player and stereo. “Qosmio is Toshiba’s stake in the digital convergence ground,” said Taro Hiyama, vice president of marketing, Toshiba DPD, a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. “We’ve already made great strides in the digital convergence arena and as a recognized leader in both mobile computers and consumer electronics, the new Qosmio brand simply represents Toshiba’s best-of-breed and marriage of the two.”

Future Qosmio products will include other features such as wide-screen displays up to 17-inches, higher storage capabilities and additional consumer electronic functionalities. Toshiba plans to add features that will further extend product usability and flexibility and continue the simplification of personal entertainment.

The Latest Consumer Electronics (CE) Technology in a Portable Package
The Qosmio AV notebooks feature a built in TV tuner, DVR capabilities and a high-quality QosmioEngine that enables increased video and graphics performance. It also includes SRS WOW & TruSurround XT technology and large harman/kardon stereo speakers, so users can enjoy a more cinematic-quality experience when listening to music or watching movies. Coupled with a 15-inch diagonal enhanced TruBrite screen, the Qosmio E15-AV101 delivers radiant images that are brighter than standard LCD displays and offers an extended viewable range to create an audio/video experience comparable to stand-alone CE devices.

Toshiba Qosmio pictureThe E15-AV101 also includes the QosmioPlayer that allows users to watch TV, DVDs or listen to CDs with a simple touch of a button instead of having to boot up the Windows operating system. With this feature, Qosmio owners can use the remote control or quick access buttons to enjoy their audio or video content within seconds – just like they were using a separate TV, stereo or DVD player.

With extensive video in/out connectivity options, Qosmio users can access and share photo and video content quickly and easily. Users can hook-up their favorite gaming console or camcorder to the Qosmio for on-the-fly gaming or to display home movies on the road, at home or on vacation. The Qosmio AV notebooks also include a large hard drive to provide users with enough room to copy, edit and save video content, photos or music files without the worry of running out of storage space.

Also a powerful computing tool, the Qosmio E15-AV101 features Intel Centrino mobile technology, providing outstanding mobile performance and built-in wireless connectivity to improve productivity and enhance the entertainment experience. The Qosmio AV notebooks feature Intel PRO/Wireless (802.11b/g)1 to make connecting to the Internet at home or on the road at wireless hotspots convenient. The unit is also Bluetooth1 enabled which means it provides easy access to wireless accessories.

“We are proud that Toshiba has selected Intel Centrino mobile technology as the computing foundation for Qosmio and excited about new computing life styles that Toshiba’s breakthrough technology will enable,” said Shmuel (Mooly) Eden, vice president, Mobile Platform Group, director of marketing Intel Corporation.

The Qosmio E15-AV101 notebooks will be available at http://www.qosmio.com/ and retail distribution channels including computer superstores and consumer electronics stores. The notebooks will be sold in Japan starting on August 6 and will be launched In the US, Europe and Singapore sometime in August, and in China and South Korea in October.

Product Specifications:

  • Qosmio E15-AV101
  • Intel Centrino mobile technology
    • Intel Pentium M Processor 735 (1.70GHz, 2MB L2 cache, 400MHz FSB)
    • Intel 855PM System Chipset
    • Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG LAN (802.11b/g)
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004
  • 15-inch diagonal XGA enhanced TruBrite Display (1024×768)
  • Integrated TV Tuner
  • QosmioEngine
  • QosmioPlayer
  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • 80GB Hard Disk Drive
  • 512MB RAM
  • DVD Super-Multi Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 Graphics, 64MB
  • TV-out (S-Video and Component Y/Pb/Pr), TV-in (S-Video and Composite), Composite Monitor in and Antenna input
  • S/PDIF Optical Audio Output with Dolby Digital
  • harman/kardon Stereo Speakers
  • SRS WOW & TruSurround XT Technology
  • Bridge Media Adapter (Secure Digital, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro and XD)
  • i.Link (IEEE 1394) Port
  • Four USB 2.0 Ports
  • Integrated V.92 Modem, 10/100 Ethernet
  • Pricing $2,699

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