Toshiba is building world's lightest laptop?

Engadget is reporting rumors that Toshiba is working on the world's lightest 13 inch laptop. The laptop is set to weigh in at less than 1kg (2.2 pounds).

It's rumored that the laptop will have a 16:9 aspect ratio screen, USB 3.0 support, up to 4GB of memory, an optional 512GB SSD and a Core i3, i5, or i7 processor. It is also rumored to include a new Super Charged Ion Battery (SCiB).

SCiB was developed by Toshiba and has been shown to continue working normally, even after 6000 charges, which gives it a much longer life than current lithium ion batteries. It is also capable of charging to 90% after just 10 minutes. According to Toshiba, a single SCiB cell weighs in at about 150g. If the entire laptop weighs only 1kg, one SCiB cell makes up 15% of the weight.

Toshiba has a habit of going for the world's lightest laptop; in 2008 they launched the 12.1 inch Portege R500 series, this little laptop weighed in at right around 1kg which gave it the title of the worlds lightest 12.1 inch laptop. 

 

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Though I like Toshiba's reliability for sure, they really do need to hire some good designers to design good stylish cases... Dell computers have lots of issues, but they look sharp. Hopefully this is a sign of Toshiba investing more in the design of their laptops... And hopefully the screens as well. The Toshiba's I've had in the past had very dim screens as compared to my Dell's (When the Dell's were working of course...).

being the lightest laptop isn't as cool as it used to be with all these netbooks and or tablet around that weigh well under 2lbs


really cool stuff....

Super Charged ion Battery - sounds real Sci-Fi.....heh still I hope other manufacturers look into this battery tech....if it really is that good.....

johnnyq3 said,
So we have to wait until Win 7 SP1 to use the USB 3.0 feature then?
Since this is a rumor, then we have time to wait for SP1, which should probably debut sometime this Fall, or even late Summer.

If you are worried about the price then don't buy it with the SSD or the i7 processor. Seems if you are looking to buying this little baby it would have to have a SSD along with the i7 processor. Hey, nothing but the best.

Sounds good as long as the price is reasonable!

Neo are you worried about breaking your mobile phone ? It weights probably 1/20th this laptop does.....

Baked said,
Sounds good as long as the price is reasonable!

Neo are you worried about breaking your mobile phone ? It weights probably 1/20th this laptop does.....

I do have blackberry 9530, but the reason I'm afraid to handle this netbook is the 10 inch difference in the screen size.

I can hold a phone in one hand with my hand around it but for me I can't hold this netbook without holding it from both sides, otherwise I know I'll break the screen.

Neo003 said,
I can hold a phone in one hand with my hand around it but for me I can't hold this netbook without holding it from both sides, otherwise I know I'll break the screen.

I don't know whether anyone has pointed this out to you yet, but you're generally not supposed to hold your notebook by the screen with one hand.

Edited by zhangm, May 10 2010, 3:22pm :

I played around with the R500 back in the day. It looks more fragile then it is, same would be true with this I believe. But if it ever fell off the desk, or worse out of you hand, youll be needing a box of tissues for the tears.

Neo003 said,
Umm no thanks, I would be more worried about breaking the damn thing if I just try to open it.

So if the case were to be made out of aluminum or magnesium...

Neo003 said,
Umm no thanks, I would be more worried about breaking the damn thing if I just try to open it.

light != fragile. light is just about the weight, fragile is about the material it is made of.

Neo003 said,
Umm no thanks, I would be more worried about breaking the damn thing if I just try to open it.
Don't worry, since it's a Toshiba, it will be broken before you open it anyway. Oh, and when you reformat the drive, don't bother checking their website for drivers because they won't have them.

pickypg said,
Don't worry, since it's a Toshiba, it will be broken before you open it anyway.

Might want to check your information.

SquareTrade's detailed laptop-reliability report
SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands.

http://www.squaretrade.com/pages/laptop-reliability-1109

Edited by Lintegras, May 10 2010, 3:26pm :

pielor said,

Interesting analysis... though how is Dell ranked more reliable than Lenovo? :\

Impossible. Lenovo, Asus then Toshiba. That is the correct order.

E.Fahd said,

light != fragile. light is just about the weight, fragile is about the material it is made of.

Indeed. Drop a light laptop, and if it has good structure, it's less likely to break than a heavier one.

Also, titanium, one of if not the lightest metal in the world, is also the toughest. Drop iron and it dents quite easily.

pickypg said,
Don't worry, since it's a Toshiba, it will be broken before you open it anyway. Oh, and when you reformat the drive, don't bother checking their website for drivers because they won't have them.

I have three laptops 2 Toshiba's and one Dell. The Dell has been repaired 3 times and still does not work correctly. The 2 Toshiba's have both been reformatted and Windows 7 installed. The drivers Windows 7 did not fined were on Toshiba's website downloaded and installed just fine.

pickypg said,
Don't worry, since it's a Toshiba, it will be broken before you open it anyway. Oh, and when you reformat the drive, don't bother checking their website for drivers because they won't have them.

I have three laptops 2 Toshiba's and one Dell. The Dell has been repaired 3 times and still does not work correctly. The 2 Toshiba's have both been reformatted and Windows 7 installed. The drivers Windows 7 did not fined were on Toshiba's website downloaded and installed just fine.

ASUS GOOD!?
Their CPU design on my laptop was so **** it lasted a year before the damn thing was broken and not possible to fix.
They have the `worlds cheapest CPU heatsink screws` that you press in, and after a year the plastic breaks from the heat and then you've no longer got a CPU heatsink, MARVELLOUS.