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Toshiba Building World's Lightest 13-inch Laptop

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Not only will this laptop be super light, but will feature a Super Charged ion Battery.

Engadget reports that Toshiba is working on the world's lightest 13-inch laptop that will supposedly be powered with a Super Charged ion Battery (SCiB). Although pricing and release dates were not provided, reports indicate that the laptop will be available in Core i3, i5, and i7-620 configurations. The device will also feature 4 GB of memory, a 500 GB HDD or an optional (and pricier) 512 GB SSD.

"After talking to vozExpress, we have every reason to believe that Toshiba will be making this official in short order," Engadget said. The report also lists an LCD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, a USB 3.0 dock, and Blaze Mountain cooling, all of which will somehow be crammed into a thin, light chassis weighing just over 2 pounds.

The SCiB should make things interesting for the laptop, especially if it doesn't come with other unique features that will make it stand out on the market. The SCiB was first introduced back in 2008, and at the time if could charge up to 90-percent in just ten minutes. For consumers who are constantly on the go with their data, documents, and multimedia, the short recharge span is definitely a good thing.

As Engadget points out, stay tuned for something more official to come across the line soon. 

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    sliem , May 7, 2010 5:11 PM
    Soon in near future: Laptop blown away by mild wind gust, broke; Owner sues maker
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    sliem , May 7, 2010 5:11 PM
    Soon in near future: Laptop blown away by mild wind gust, broke; Owner sues maker
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    mianmian , May 7, 2010 5:17 PM
    I heard that SCiB battery has only 1/3 of the power density of regular lithium battery. Toshiba had made some magic?
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    cadder , May 7, 2010 5:18 PM
    i3 and up, 2 pounds, and new battery technology all sound very exciting.

    I have a fairly new Toshiba T135 that is closer to 3 pounds, less processor power, but it is a great laptop for travel because it is relatively small and feels real light. I think lots of people that look at netbooks should buy one of these instead. (Toshiba, Lenovo and HP all make similar models.)
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    nforce4max , May 7, 2010 5:19 PM
    Soon in near future: Laptop stolen by urban hawk in NY.
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    thebigt42 , May 7, 2010 5:48 PM
    sliemSoon in near future: Laptop blown away by mild wind gust, broke; Owner sues maker

    User making funny comment on Tom's hardware causes reader to LOL too long gets sued
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    miloo , May 7, 2010 6:32 PM
    Toshiba Air
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    tipoo , May 7, 2010 6:47 PM
    mianmianI heard that SCiB battery has only 1/3 of the power density of regular lithium battery. Toshiba had made some magic?


    They aren't doing away with Lithium altogether, they are using a hybrid of both. One for quick charging, one for long life.
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    anamaniac , May 7, 2010 7:11 PM
    That's pretty cool. Weight of a netbook, but some real power in it.
    I'm hoping it means a ultra lite OLED screen. :) 
    I could wish...
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    tayb , May 7, 2010 7:54 PM
    cadderi3 and up, 2 pounds, and new battery technology all sound very exciting.I have a fairly new Toshiba T135 that is closer to 3 pounds, less processor power, but it is a great laptop for travel because it is relatively small and feels real light. I think lots of people that look at netbooks should buy one of these instead. (Toshiba, Lenovo and HP all make similar models.)


    People buy netbooks because they are cheap, not because they are small. This won't won't be anywhere near the "netbook" market and won't appeal to the same crowd.
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    cadder , May 7, 2010 7:57 PM
    Yes I realize that some of the appeal to a netbook is its low price, and some people may actually like the tiny size. The T135 that I mentioned is not that much more money than a good netbook. This new Toshiba, with its better technology, will likely be pretty expensive.

    There are a good number of 12" and 13" machines around that are very light and have good power. They are made for business travelers and are relatively expensive. This sounds like the market the new Toshiba is aiming at.
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    Kelavarus , May 8, 2010 12:57 AM
    taybPeople buy netbooks because they are cheap, not because they are small. This won't won't be anywhere near the "netbook" market and won't appeal to the same crowd.


    I beg to differ. I bought my 8.9" precisely because it's small, and I shudder at going back to full size such as 14" or 15". While sacrificing a load of performance, for me, the sheer portability makes it completely worth it.
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    cakecake , May 8, 2010 1:36 AM
    An idea: Make a dense SCiB for cars and make 10 minutes of filling petroleum with 10 minutes of charging a battery!
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    Anonymous , May 8, 2010 12:32 PM
    I agree cakecake, I bought mine for pure portability. Price was a clincher.
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    JohnnyLucky , May 8, 2010 12:39 PM
    Interesting article, especially the part about the battery.
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    NaSnake , May 8, 2010 3:09 PM
    Finally, a replacement for my Vaio Z. It looks good.
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    Icehearted , May 8, 2010 4:50 PM
    sliemSoon in near future: Laptop blown away by mild wind gust, broke; Owner sues maker

    lol, sounds like a Perry Bible strip.
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    alyoshka , May 9, 2010 4:13 AM
    People buy netbooks, because, they are netbooks. The requirement of netbook owners is not something that runs into too much money. That's why company's thought of a netbook....... something that comes between an eBook and a Laptop.
    Shit is also cheap.... that don't mean people buy it.......
    By the way... the Toshiba does sound cool, will wait till it gets out though.....
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    sseyler , May 9, 2010 12:29 PM
    cakecakeAn idea: Make a dense SCiB for cars and make 10 minutes of filling petroleum with 10 minutes of charging a battery!


    And when there's x times the capacity, it will take x times as long to charge!
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    sseyler , May 9, 2010 12:30 PM
    sseylerAnd when there's x times the capacity, it will take x times as long to charge!


    If we're talking about capacity increased through energy density...
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    BlueCat57 , May 9, 2010 4:23 PM
    Hmm, buy a new $20,000 car or this new Toshiba laptop? Either way you're going to need a loan to pay for it.
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