Toshiba’s next ultrabook will have a display that rivals Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina and Google’s Chromebook Pixel. It’s also lighter than either of those notebooks.
The Toshiba KIRAbook is a 2.6 pound ultrabook with a 13.3 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display. It’s scheduled to hit the streets May 12th for $1600 and up, with pre-orders starting May 3rd.
Toshiba calls the high resolution display in the KIRAbook a “PixelPure” display. It offers 221 pixels per inch. Technically Apple and Google’s notebooks offer slightly higher pixel density, but you’d probably be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
Not only does the display have a higher resolution than those found on most notebooks, but Toshiba will also offer an optional touchscreen display. Toshiba says the notebook supports 10-point multitouch navigation and features Corning’s damage resistant Gorilla Glass.
The KIRAbook has a magnesium alloy case which is both sturdy and light. The laptop measures 0.7 inches thick and Toshiba says it has a “stabilizing hinge” that should keep the lid from bouncing when you touch it.
An entry-level KIRAbook will feature an Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid state drive and sell for $1800. A model with a Core i7 chip will be available for $2000. It’s not clear if those prices include the optional touchscreen.
According to The Verge, there’s also a third, low-end model that will sell for $1600, but specs for that version haven’t been released yet.
This isn’t the first time Toshiba has introduced an ultrabook with an unusual display. I was kind of smitten by the company’s Satellite U845W ultrabook with a 21:9 aspect ratio 1792 x 768 pixel screen. But based on the rapid price drops that model saw in the months following its release, I’m guessing the form factor didn’t really take off.
The new KIRAbook, on the other hand, has a high-resolution display, a thin and light case, and a more traditional notebook-style design.