The first laptop computer to feature an HD DVD-R drive, Toshiba’s Qosmio Q30, went on sale in Japan over the weekend.
HD DVD-R is the read-only version of the HD-DVD format, and a single-sided disc can hold up to 15GB of data. The format, which is principally backed by Toshiba, is in competition with Blu-ray Disc, which is backed by Sony.
The Qosmio G30/97A is an upgraded model of the existing Qosmio laptop computer that is already on sale in several markets worldwide. It is based on an Intel 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor and has a 17-inch widescreen display with 1,920-by-1,280-pixel resolution, which means it can show high-definition images from HD-DVD movie discs. The 4.8-kilogram machine also features a 320GB hard-disk drive, digital TV tuner and high-definition multimedia interface output.
Toshiba announced the laptop in mid-January also displayed at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It’s on sale for about 373,365 yen (US$3,085) in Japan at present. Toshiba hasn’t announced international launch plans or prices, but says it will go on sale overseas.
To coincide with the launch of the new laptop, Hitachi Maxell is putting blank HD DVD-R media on the market for about 1,500 yen per disc.
-Martyn Williams, IDG News Service (Tokyo Bureau)
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