Toshiba details Satellite P50t laptop with 4K display
By Stu Robarts
March 21, 2014
Whether 4K's time has come or not is up for debate, but there's no doubt the technology is gathering pace. Part of that momentum has been driven by devices unveiled at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, including the Satellite P50t, which, along with the Tecra W50, Toshiba claimed was the world's first 4K laptop. The company has now revealed a few more details about its UHD-capable P50t.
The 15.6-inch P50t runs Windows 8.1 and is actually available with just a 1920 x 1080 Full HD screen, but its the version with a 300-Nit, 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD display which is the real showstopper. Toshiba says the screen has four times as many pixels as a Full HD with 282 pixels per inch. It promises, "crystal-clear definition," and, "an astounding level of detail."
Toshiba has worked on the UHD displays with Portrait Technologies, using its ChromaTune software to provide greater levels of color accuracy and control, as well as to gain Technicolor Color Certification, a color certification program that Technicolor and Portrait Technologies have partnered to create. The certification is aimed at providing a means for display manufacturers to assure their customers that their screen is providing an accurate color representation of what was intended.
Ultra HD and 3D support is provided via the P50t's HDMI output, meaning users can connect to and playback 4K content on compatible displays. A Blu-ray TM BD-RE (XL) drive is also available and users content can be easily shared between devices using its integrated Intel Wireless Display technology and four USB 3.0 ports.
The P50t is powered by an Intel 4th generation Core Quad-Core i7 processor and an AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics card, with 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM. Up to 16 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM is supported, and up to 1 TB of 5400 rpm HDD storage.
Other features include 10-point multitouch support and two Harman Kardon stereo speakers with Slip Stream Technology tuned by DTS Sound audio enhancement. Battery life is reported to be up to 5 hours between charges.
Pricing has not been announced, but the Satellite P50t is expected to be available from the second quarter of 2014.
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