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Lenovo U1 Hybrid not dead after all: Android resurrection tipped

Lenovo U1 Hybrid not dead after all: Android resurrection tipped

Having disappointed hybrid smartbook fans with the apparent news that the U1 Hybrid and Skylight had been canned, Lenovo now seem to be hinting at a potentially different direction for their eye-catching hardware.  TabletPCReview sat down with the company at a recent press event, and found the Lenovo team were talking about new Android builds for the U1 Hybrid and Skylight that implied the devices would, indeed, see an eventual release.

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Libretto W100: has Toshiba delivered Courier?

Libretto W100: has Toshiba delivered Courier?

Put the promo shots of the new Toshiba Libretto W100 next to the leaked renders of Microsoft's Courier project and you'd be forgiven for assuming one is the production version of the other.  When I talked to Toshiba late last week at a preview for the new Libretto, however, they were keen to distance their new gadget from what was described by one team member as "only ever a design study".  Of course, two screens and a finger-friendly interface mean the product and the project will inevitably be compared, so just how well does the Libretto W100 live up to the Courier promise, and - more importantly perhaps - where does it most significantly fall short?

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Toshiba Libretto W100 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba Libretto W100 hands-on [Video]

Dual-touchscreens, a clamshell book/netbook form-factor and a custom finger-friendly UI: the Toshiba Libretto W100 has broken the mold, and while the company concedes its resemblance to the Microsoft Courier renders, they're insisting it's a very different product. Based around two 7-inch capacitive touchscreen displays, a Pentium U5400 processor and a 62GB SSD, the Libretto W100 is the first such device to run Windows 7 and can be used either as a regular mini-notebook - complete with various on-screen keyboards - or as a digital book.

First impressions and hands-on video of the Libretto W100 after the cut

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Toshiba Portégé R700 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba Portégé R700 hands-on [Video]

Toshiba has unveiled their latest ultraportable, the Toshiba Portégé R700, and while it may look like your average thin-and-light in some key ways it's actually pretty unique. The 13.3-inch R700 - which will also go on sale as the consumer-focussed Satellite R630 - uses a new airflow cooling system that, by pulling in cool air over the hotter components, rather than pushing out hot air, means Toshiba can not only use regular Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors rather than their less-powerful ULV counterparts, but do so in a machine that stays cool to the touch.

First impressions & hands-on video after the cut

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Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID hands-on [Video]

Toshiba AC100 Tegra 2 MID hands-on [Video]

Toshiba's first MID (Mobile Internet Device) has made its debut, in the shape of the Android-based Toshiba AC100. Using a form-factor we'd more commonly describe as a netbook or smartbook - Toshiba say they picked the classic design over a more common slate-style MID because it's more familiar for users and offers better ergonomics and text-entry - the AC100 runs NVIDIA's second-generation Tegra 250 chipset making it 1080p HD capable.

First impressions and hands-on video after the cut

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Toshiba Satellite C600 and L600 Series budget notebooks outed

Toshiba Satellite C600 and L600 Series budget notebooks outed

Toshiba's final batches of note notebooks may lack the 3D magic of the A665 or the glossy ultraportable scale of the T200 Series, but the new Satellite C600 Series and Satellite L Series both have affordability to recommend them.  The C600 Series kicks off at under $500 with the 14-inch C645 and the 15.6-inch C655, each available with a choice of Intel or AMD processors, while the L Series includes the 13-inch L635, the 14-inch L645, the 15.6-inch L655 and the 17.3-inch L675, all with a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 CPUs, or AMD Athlon II, Turion II, or Phenom II triple/quad core CPUs.

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Toshiba Satellite T215 and T235 ultraportables slip out

Toshiba Satellite T215 and T235 ultraportables slip out

Next up in Toshiba's new laptop launch is the Satellite T200 series, including the new Satellite T215 and the Satellite T235.  The T215 has an 11.6-inch display and the T235 gets a 13.3-inch panel; the smaller model has a choice of single- or dual-core AMD Athlon II Neo processors paired with integrated ATI graphics, while the larger ultraportable throws in Turion II Neo or Intel Pentium dual-core chips to the mixture.

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Core i5/i7 update for Alienware M11x plus NVIDIA Optimus

Core i5/i7 update for Alienware M11x plus NVIDIA Optimus

As promised, Dell has updated their Alienware M11x gaming ultraportable with some new Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processor options.  The 11.6-inch notebook can still be specified with the same Pentium dual-core as before, but now buyers can also pick either a 1.06GHz Core i5-520UM or 1.06GHz Core i7-640UM.  Meanwhile there's also NVIDIA Optimus graphics thanks to the GeForce GT 335M GPU.

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