Toshiba launches Windows 8.1 Ultrabook with 22-hour battery life

Thin and light Windows notebooks are pretty common these days, but not all are created equal. Some manufacturers chase superlatives – thinnest, lightest, fastest – while others try to make their devices stand out with intriguing design features or impressive displays.

Toshiba’s latest Windows 8.1 Ultrabook hopes to attract buyers with a more practical proposition, promising an incredible 22 hours of battery life on a single charge. Engadget Japanese first spotted the Dynabook KIRA V634, which comes pretty close to fulfilling the dream of a laptop that can get you through an entire day without needing to be plugged in.

That kind of battery life does require some compromises though. Its 13-inch display offers an unremarkable resolution of 1366x768px (at a time when 1080p is becoming the norm at that screen size), and doesn’t even offer touch support (although a touch-enabled version is available).

A second model, the V834, is available with a much more impressive 2560x1440px resolution and touch input, but the impact on battery life is pretty severe. The V834 serves up a much lower 14 hours of action before you’ll need to find a wall socket, but that’s still pretty impressive - if it proves to be accurate in real-world usage.

Both versions offer Intel Core i5 CPUs with clock speeds ranging from 1.6GHz to 2.6GHz, along with 8GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, Bluetooth 4.0 and HDMI video out, including support for 4K output. You'll also get WiFi of course, with 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac support. The whole package weighs in at just 1.12kg, thanks to a 'honeycomb structure' and magnesium alloy construction.

Engadget reports that the V634 will launch in Japan tomorrow (although Engadget Japanese claims that the release date is Friday), with prices starting from ¥144,000 JPY ($1,440 USD / €1,070 EUR / £895 GBP). The higher-res V834 starts from ¥153,000 JPY ($1,530 USD / €1,130 EUR / £950 GBP). For now, it appears that the two Ultrabooks will be sold only in Japan.

Source: Engadget | image via Engadget Japanese

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Stoffel said,
I don't know what you guys are all on about, but I love the touchscreen on my Yoga and use it constantly.

The people that complain about this are people who don't have a touch device to live with day in day out. Until you start using it, you don't know how useful it really is.

kayzee said,

The people that complain about this are people who don't have a touch device to live with day in day out. Until you start using it, you don't know how useful it really is.

I've heard many people complain about how uncomfortable touchscreens are after a few minutes of use. We have few floating around the office.

Sadly enough a lot of people think only in black and white.
You either use touch, or you use KB + mouse.
These are different input methods that are supposed to be used together, not one or the other.

Stoffel said,
Sadly enough a lot of people think only in black and white.
You either use touch, or you use KB + mouse.
These are different input methods that are supposed to be used together, not one or the other.

speak for yourself. i prefer all my fingers on the keyboard whenever possible for serious work and minimal distraction. kb shortcuts are still king when it comes to productivity. touchpad or mouse are as far as i would go if i have to. i'll gladly leave the touchscreen on laptop to hipsters who have nothing better to do.

Albert said,

speak for yourself. i prefer all my fingers on the keyboard whenever possible for serious work and minimal distraction. kb shortcuts are still king when it comes to productivity. touchpad or mouse are as far as i would go if i have to. i'll gladly leave the touchscreen on laptop to hipsters who have nothing better to do.

It's all personal opinion!
I wouldn't use touch to edit a word document or when I use VS.
But when I browse the internet it's nice to use the metro version of IE and use touch, it's a lot smoother then using the mouse or KB

JHBrown said,
I've heard many people complain about how uncomfortable touchscreens are after a few minutes of use. We have few floating around the office.

I honestly wonder what these people are doing wrong? I've used my Surface for 2-3 hours at a go and never had an issue. Weird.

kayzee said,

I honestly wonder what these people are doing wrong? I've used my Surface for 2-3 hours at a go and never had an issue. Weird.

Although a Surface is a hybrid laptop, you cannot compare the experience of your tablet to a full blown laptop with a touchscreen.

JHBrown said,
Although a Surface is a hybrid laptop, you cannot compare the experience of your tablet to a full blown laptop with a touchscreen.

I use my Lenovo Yoga mainly in laptop mode and use touch all the time.
Not uncomfortable at all!

JHBrown said,
Although a Surface is a hybrid laptop, you cannot compare the experience of your tablet to a full blown laptop with a touchscreen.

I can, and I just did. With the keyboard attached, what's the real difference in the layout?

I have an Acer Aspire R7. It's a full laptop with touch. Has worked great for things like scrolling, quick Taskbar actions, zooming, Aero Snap, and supports Windows 8 swipe/touch gestures too of course. I don't notice fingerprints if any on it until after the screen is off.

Is it a must-need feature? No. But it is nice to use and have extra input options available. Maybe not everyone wants to, but not everyone doesn't either.

stevan said,
Every time I hear touch on a laptop I think of 3D televisions. Everyone wants them but no one uses them.

Me. And it works really well.

Only thing is that it drains battery like crazy. I have about 3-3.5 hours of net surfing on that thing. Paid 500$ tho..

stevan said,
Every time I hear touch on a laptop I think of 3D televisions. Everyone wants them but no one uses them.
This pretty much nailed it.

All 1366x768 resolution screens, should just die... violently (meaning, right now).
The combination of higher resolution screens and lower cost is perfectly feasible by now.

I like this product to be honest. Great (apple) form factor, awesome battery life! I don't mind the price point. This would be an awesome portable business unit for me!

0nyX said,
v634 is really expensive for what it offers. That kind of money for 1366x768 is a joke.

This also caught my eye as really strange. It is even worse when you consider it doesn't even have touch support.

The battery life is impressive, but at this premium, alternative add on power options would be cheaper (ie solar, etc)

offroadaaron said,

No one wants to touch their laptop! Seriously!

There's not really a lot of difference between touching a laptop and touching my Surface Pro that sits on my desk... and with that, touch is fantastic. I use it every day. To be fair I never thought I would, but it just makes sense.

offroadaaron said,

No one wants to touch their laptop! Seriously!

I agree. Touchscreen laptops are such a gimmick. After the novelty wears off, you just have a dirty screen. I've seen a few people in coffee shops using them and it's so cumbersome. Going from keyboard to trackpad to touchscreen, looked so uncomfortable.

JHBrown said,
I agree. Touchscreen laptops are such a gimmick. After the novelty wears off, you just have a dirty screen. I've seen a few people in coffee shops using them and it's so cumbersome. Going from keyboard to trackpad to touchscreen, looked so uncomfortable.

I disagree =). Microsoft went touch. Google is going touch with their Chromebook. When Apple revolutionize the first touch screen laptop in a year or two then everyone will agree that touch is the way to go.

UNLESS actions come into play like Kinect movements for scrolling, zooming, etc, and surpass it. I could see that too. =)