We recently had a chance to take a meeting with Toshiba representatives in San Francisco, California, where we were previewed their upcoming releases for 3Q12. Toshiba is essentially targeting the back-to-school crowd with their refreshed notebook lines, while their new tablets aim to take both a more aggressive and a more out-of-the-box approach to the market.

Fusion X2, Begone

As far as notebooks go, the news can essentially be distilled down to "almost every line refreshed, Fusion X2 is gone for good." Toshiba will continue to offer notebooks with hardware from both AMD and Intel, and their new machines will sport Ivy Bridge hardware from Intel and Trinity hardware from AMD, as expected. The action going on under the hood is expected and unsurprising, but in this editor's opinion, the bigger news is the death of the Fusion X2 finish in favor of what Toshiba simply calls "Fusion II."

I've mentioned in multiple reviews that the bulbous, glossy design was one of the big things keeping Toshiba back compared to the competition, and I'm pleased to report their Satellite and Qosmio systems have been radically redesigned with a much sleeker, more attractive, more modern shell. Gloss is mostly gone, replaced with textured matte finishes. The new Qosmio in particular continues its gentrification with what Toshiba calls their "Black Widow" finish, which takes a page out of HP's Beats Edition playbook by using a keyboard backlit with red LEDs.

Weeding through the press releases for the more interesting notes beyond what's expected, Toshiba will apparently be offering the Satellite S800 series with AMD's Trinity APUs...and optional discrete Radeon graphics. Hopefully this means that either AMD's current APU/GPU Crossfire technology is getting some much needed refinement, Trinity will be potent enough on the CPU side to warrant a dedicated GPU, or both.

Meanwhile, the new Qosmio line will be running Ivy Bridge alongside NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 670M with 3GB of GDDR5; the  GTX 670M is essentially a rebadged GTX 570M, but that's not a terrible thing as that GPU still offers excellent performance at the high end. Qosmio will be offered in a 17.3" shell with either a 1600x900 screen or a 120Hz 1920x1080 screen and NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 glasses.

As for pricing, the Satellite P845 (14") and P855 (15") will start at $799 while the P875 (17") will start at $849. These models will be available at the beginning of 3Q12. The Satellite S800 series will start at $699 and is planned to be available beginning on June 24, 2012. The Satellite L845 (14" value) will start at $449, the L855 (15" value) will start at $499, and the L875 (17" value) will start at $599. The Satellite C800 (14" through 17") extreme value line will start at just $399. Both of these lines are planned to hit at the beginning of 3Q12. Finally, the Qosmio X875 line will start at $1,299 and is planned to be available at the beginning of 3Q12.

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  • velis - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    OK, so they are announcing stuff that's coming anyway. Looks like pretty decent gadgets, but they aren't really paying attention to displays, except for the 7" tablet and even there, resolution isn't anything to write home about.

    I like the tablet portfolio though (except for the screen part): just pick your size and be done with it. All of them have all the check boxes anyway.
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  • gorash - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    The last Excite tablet was NICE, the only thing that sucked was the screen. So the 7.7 one could be decent. Reply
  • bhima - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    Yeah, I will never understand why companies continue to put garbage glossy screens on their laptops. Anything mobile (save for touch devices that need gorilla glass as protection) should always default to matte displays. Also, the screens should have a minimum 65% NTSC RGB color gamut. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    "and just 13.4 ounces"

    Ouch. While I can remember to divide pounds by 2 to get approximate kg, and inches are somewhat common.. I have no clue how to deal with ounces without taking out calculator & wiki.
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  • A5 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    Oz / 16 / 2.2 = kg Reply
  • euler007 - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    The imperial system is so simple, I don't know why everyone doesn't switch back. Clearly the americans have it right. Reply
  • axelthor - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    Bullcrap.

    Only three countries have not officially adopted the SI international messurement standard; U.S, Liberia and Burma.

    The main problem with the "imperial" messurement was that it was not standardized between countries so a foot was not the same length everywhere. (See also US gallon vs. UK gallon)
    Also many countries had their own units widely used that had no corrolation to units used in neighboring countries.

    Personally I prefer the simplicity of SI where everything is done in the decimal system as opposed to the fractional system where various fractions are used.
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  • Aqua1ung - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    I think euler007 was just being sarcastic :-) Reply
  • dave_the_nerd - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    The exact conversion ratio is 453g/lb, or 28.3g/oz.

    For the sake of rough math I usually multiple ounces * 30, then say "it's a little under ____."
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  • Lonyo - Wednesday, April 11, 2012 - link

    Nothing on x86 based Windows 8 tablets? Reply

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