Video: Hands-On With Toshiba's Deluxe Windows 8 Ultrabook "KIRA"

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 2560x1440 pixels and a durable "honeycomb-structured" magnesium alloy chassis, the unit is clearly aimed at the fancy-pants demographic.

Other highlights include a current-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, a 256GB mSATA SSD, Harmon Kardon surround sound speakers, a backlit keyboard and an extended two year warranty. A non-touch version will also be available which will presumably run on Windows 7.

We only had a brief play with the KIRA, but we can confirm that the build quality lives up to its luxury status. Naturally, the deciding factor here will be the battery life, which Toshiba was tight-lipped about at today's event. (According to overseas reports, the battery should last around five hours while under load which is on par with most ultrabooks.)

The KIRA is available now from selected retailers, with a wider push coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out the video below for a glimpse of the Toshiba KIRA in action.


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