Toshiba Adds Haswell To Satellite U and M Series Laptops

Intel's fourth-generation family of Core processors (Haswell) have shown to perform extremely well in testing, particularly in an area where Intel has historically been slightly weak: power consumption. Many PC makers have already showcased their Haswell plans, hoping to get the new silicon into new machines before the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. Toshiba is joining that crowd today with a number of improvements to its Satellite U and M series of laptops.

The Satellite U50t is the company's first 15.6-inch Ultrabook, and ships with a ten-point touchscreen for easy navigation through the Windows 8 interface. You'll also get the latest NVIDIA graphics support; in addition, M50t and M50Dt model comes with touchscreen capability, while the M50D and M50Dt versions feature AMD's next-generation APU processors and AMD Radeon Graphics. Additionally, each new Satellite laptop comes with a handy Bluetooth 4.0 connection, full-size HDMI port and SD card slot, plus an HD webcam with noise-cancelling stereo microphone. Of the three USB ports available, two are USB 3.0 for even faster file transfers between devices.

A 1TB hard drive, Intel WiDi and Miracast are also included, and Toshiba expects the full ranges to ship in Q3 for prices that are to be determined.

The new Toshiba Satellite U and M series:
Up to 16GB RAM (2 x 8GB slots)
39.6cm (15.6") HD display
Spacious clickpad with gesture and palm rejection support
Connectivity: 2 x USB 3.0 (1 x with Sleep-and-Charge), 1 x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI® 1.4 with 3D TV support, SD card slot, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth® 4.0, Intel® Wireless Display ready, Wi-Fi® certified Miracast™, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
High quality speakers with DTS® Studio Sound™ audio enhancement
HD webcam with stereo microphone
Up to 7 hours battery life
Premium silver aluminium finish

Toshiba Satellite U50t Ultrabook™:
4th generation Intel® Core™ processors for Ultrabooks™
Intel® HD Graphics 4400
Ten-point touchscreen display
Up to 1TB HDD
Weight: starting from 2.3kg
Dimensions: 377.5 x 249.5 x 21.3mm

Toshiba Satellite M50, M50D, M50Dt laptops:
4th generation Intel® Core™ processors or latest AMD APU processors
Intel® HD Graphics 4400, NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M with 2GB VRAM graphics or AMD Radeon™ HD graphics (AMD models only)
Optional touchscreen capability
Up to 1TB HDD
Weight: starting from 2.1kg
Dimensions: 377.5 x 249.5 x 21.3mm