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Today, we got our hands on the Toshiba KIRA, an “aspirational/luxury” Windows 8 touchscreen ultrabook that will retail for $2199 (Core i7 version). Boasting a “Pixel Pure” 13.3in touchscreen display with a native resolution of 2560×1440 pixels and a durable “honeycomb-structured” magnesium alloy chassis, the unit is clearly aimed at the fancy-pants demographic.
We love Android tablets running Honeycomb, so new competitors are always welcome. Toshiba today announced that its AT100 tablet will hit Australian shelves at the end of the month, selling for $579.
Battery life is crucial, but there’s an equally important test for any notebook that’s going to get regularly used on a plane: is it small enough to fit on the tray, allow typing when there’s someone sitting next to you and not end up half-closed when the person in front reclines their seat?
I’ve been in Sydney this week for CEBIT and associated press events, which means I’ve been running into a lot of my fellow writers. And wherever I go, the first question is nearly always the same: “Where’s the bag?” As far as the Hand Luggage Only project goes, it seems my trusty blue carry-on case is of more interest than anything else.