Toshiba's Windows 8 KIRAbook packs a 2560 x 1440 display

Today, Toshiba has taken the wraps off a brand new Windows 8 ultrabook called the KIRAbook, the most impressive aspect of which is the 13.3-inch 2560 x 1440 display that rivals the Retina MacBook Pro and the Chromebook Pixel in terms of pixel density (at 221 PPI). Aside from the impressive display, you'll also get a decent set of specs including up to Intel Core-i7 ULV processors, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB solid state drive.

Three KIRAbook models will be available at launch, two of which feature Intel Core i5-3337U and i7-3537U processors respectively, and Toshiba also says the ultrabook will be available in touchscreen and non-touch models. The machine is made from "A291" pressed aluminium with a "honeycomb-base" - Toshiba says this is 100% stronger than normal aluminium alloy - which keeps the device very light at 1.17 kg (2.6 lb), and thin (17.8mm or 0.7 inches).

The KIRAbook is the first Windows 8 ultrabook to feature a high-density display, so naturally it'll be compared a lot to the Retina MacBook Pro with its 2560 x 1600 display. While the power of the KIRAbook isn't quite at the same level of the MacBook, with Apple opting for full-powered Intel chips as opposed to ultra-low voltage models, it's both lighter and slimmer.

May 12th is the launch date of the KIRAbook in the United States, where it'll be offered at Best Buy, Amazon, B&H, Adorama, the Microsoft Store and direct from Toshiba. The base model will set you back $1,599, so it's not exactly cheap, while the mid-range with an i5-3337U CPU will cost $1,799 and the i7 model will cost nearly $2,000. Unfortunately there are no images of the ultrabook at this stage, but when we find one we'll update you.

Source: Toshiba via: TNW

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duddit2 said,

not respective of its resolution though, the tiles would be a lit smaller at such high pixel count, so its more a mockup.

Not if it's using DPI scaling, which is a must when combining small screen sizes with high resolution.

duddit2 said,

not respective of its resolution though, the tiles would be a lit smaller at such high pixel count, so its more a mockup.

The start screen does a good job at auto scaling the UI so while the res is very high the OS also takes into account the size of the screen to unlike the desktop UI. If it was a bigger screen then you'd see more tiles on it but it's still a 13" screen not a 24"+ so you will see the same amount of tiles on the screen that you would on a different 13" screen with a lower res.

It's hard enough trying to find a reasonable priced 1080p at 15 inch, let alone a 1440p one.

Lots of laptops are still rocking 768p screens. So annoying!

lunamonkey said,
It's hard enough trying to find a reasonable priced 1080p at 15 inch, let alone a 1440p one.

Lots of laptops are still rocking 768p screens. So annoying!

American consumers expect everything to be priced cheaply here and marvel at the prices Japanese consumers are willing to pay for high-end electronics. I once paid $2500 for a 1600 x 1200 display Sony Vaio back in 2000 from BestBuy. It was the only UXGA display in the entire store. It's difficult to get economies of scale when you're distributing so few units.

To be honest, even 14" would be nice to see on a touch-enabled laptop. I understand the cost benefits from the OEM's side to sticking to high volume panels, but it's not like I'm not willing to pay a premium for a premium experience.

Torvalds would be happy now. Does it run Linux, though? Or is Secure Boot messing up... oh wait, it never did. Torvalds is happy now.

Yeah I found that one but it's so small it's not worth using. I'm monitoring their sites and will update the article when the images go live

Am I the only one who noticed the prices don't mention anything about touch? It says having a touchscreen is optional so does it make sense to expect the actual prices to be higher?