Toshiba unveils Chromebook 2 and Windows 8.1 Satellite hybrid

Toshiba unveils Chromebook 2 and Windows 8.1 Satellite hybrid

Summary: Toshiba releases its second 13.3-inch Chromebook and two new 11.6-inch Windows 8.1 notebooks.

The Toshiba Chromebook 2. Image: Toshiba

Toshiba has announced the launch of a second-generation Chromebook as well as two touchscreen Windows 8.1 laptops, all aimed at similar markets.

Announced today at the IFA tech fair in Berlin, Toshiba's second stab at Chromebooks comes with a 13.3-inch display with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The Chromebook 2 will be available in two models, one with a 1366 x 768p HD display, the other with a 1920 x 1080p Full HD resolution display.

Toshiba hasn't released official pricing yet, although it says indicative pricing for the HD model is £199 ($328) while the Full HD one should cost around £249 ($410). They're likely to come in below Samsung's 11.6-inch and 13.3.-inch Chromebook 2 variants, priced in the US at $320 and $400 respectively.

At 1.35kg, Toshiba's new Chromebook is tad lighter than its first one, and slightly slimmer. The new models both come with an Intel Celeron processor and 16GB internal storage, while the cheaper of the two offers 2GB RAM, compared with the Full HD model's more respectable 4GB RAM.

Both also include one HDMI output, an SD card slot, a single USB 2.0 port, single USB 3.0 port, wi-fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and HD webcam with dual microphones.

As with others Chromebooks, users get an additional 100GB Google Drive online storage for two years, and naturally, Google's productivity apps onboard.

Toshiba's Chromebook 2 will be available in the UK during the first quarter of 2015.

The company also released two new Windows 8.1 machines, which should make for a fair comparison to buyers interested in a low-cost alternative to Chromebooks, though the Windows devices have 11.6-inch displays.

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 and its new Satellite CL10-B will be available in the UK during the fourth quarter of 2014, the company said.

Both notebooks come with an 11.6 inch HD display at 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, and include one HDI out, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 and an SD card reader. It supports wireless LAN 802.1 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0, has stereo speakers and HD webcam with built-in microphone.

The Satellite Radius 11 is available with either an Intel Celeron or Pentium processors, and comes with 500GB internal storage, 4GB DDRL memory. It weighs 1.3kg, and should cost around £329.

One of the main differentiators in the Satellite Radius 11 is its flexible display that can on its 360 degree hinge, be twisted into five different positions.

Meanwhile, the Satellite CL10-B is only available wit an Intel Celeron processor, and comes with 32GB storage, 2GB memory, and weighs 1.1kg. It's expected to have a price tag of £199.

Taking a leaf from Chromebook Google Drive storage, the Satellite CL10-B will also offer 100 GB of space in Microsoft's OneDrive. It also comes with free access to web-based versions of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook.

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Topics: Laptops, Google, Hardware, Toshiba

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  • Toshiba unveils Chromebook 2 and Windows 8.1 Satellite hybrid

  • ChromeBooks 3, 4... then end of road...

    Windows Laptop offers real value for money...Chrome books are such a waste of money
    • "3, 4... then end of road..." agreed.

      Toshiba are an opportunistic company who will chuck out low performance windows products and pretend they're good.

      Not to be trusted.

      Buy Asus or Samsung. They're here for the long term.
      • are you sure

        how good are you with facts? Toshiba were the first to put out out a commercially available notebook back in 1985, they have one of the largest install bases of notebooks in the world and one of the lowest failure rates - I would call that "in it for the long term". Asus and Toshiba are the main companies that design and build their own notebooks, most others will have them design and built by OEMS like Compal so less controll over manufacturing and quality.
        Samsung has pulled out of notebooks/PC production in a number of markets already so definitley not in it for the "long term"
    • I really like my Acer C720

      The best things I've purchased in the last year - the nexus 5, the chromecast and Acer C720. A trio of unparalleled value and functionality.

      I'm going to get a second chromebook when a 1080p model gets down to $299 or less. I'm talking about for at home, here - so don't say how windows does "so much more". (We get it - I'm going to puke if I hear that again).

      It just works so well and its always in use by someone in the family, particularly now that school is back in session. Even with iphones, and pads lying around.

      The reason for the HD screen would be that it can be used better as a thin client to my windows desktop, if need be.
  • Windows does do "so much more", because, it is a much better OS,

    and it's designed to handle a lot more hardware options, and a lot more applications.

    So there, I said, and the truth hurts, but only if you want to remain in denial.

    So, go and puke your guts off if you like, but, the truth needs to be stated, even to those who don't want to hear it.
  • Better in whose eyes?

    Being what almost qualifies as a Windows bigot with a history that goes back long before DOS, you'd think I'd side with Windows Fanpeople (political correctness run amok). But I bought a little Samsung Chromebook some time ago just out of curiosity, and find it to be an excellent tool for people with a specific set of requirements - very inexpensive (mine was a refurb at $179), quick, easy and intuitive to use, easily connected to the web wirelessly, ample storage, keyboard, and display, etc. I have since shown it to many people who have gone on to purchase one - all of whom are very happy. No, it's not a Windows box with all the bells and whistles. What it is, however, is a perfectly usable, non-virus infected, lightweight, long battery life, easy to carry appliance that does about 80% of what Windows is (typically) used for, and 100% of what many light users need. It has its place - amply demonstrated by its success. So better - sez who? At what? It's like comparing apples and oranges - orange pie, anyone?