The first laptop to feature an HD DVD-R drive, Toshiba's Qosmio Q30, went on sale in Japan over the weekend.

HD DVD-R is the read-only version of the HD DVD format and a single-sided disc can hold up to 15GB of data. The format, which is principally backed by Toshiba, is in competition with Blu-ray Disc, which is backed by Sony.

The Qosmio G30/97A is an upgraded model of the existing Qosmio laptop that’s already on sale in several markets worldwide. It’s based on an Intel 2GHz Core 2 Duo processor and has a 17in widescreen display with 1,920 pixel by 1,280 pixel resolution, which means it can show high-definition images from HD DVD movie discs. The 4.8kg machine also features a 320GB hard-disk drive, digital TV tuner and HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) output.

Toshiba announced the laptop at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January. It's on sale for around ¥373,365 (£1,600) in Japan at present. Toshiba hasn't announced international launch plans or prices but says it will go on sale overseas.

To coincide with the launch of the new laptop, Hitachi Maxell is putting blank HD DVD-R media on the market for around ¥1,500 (£6) per disc.