Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced its Satellite E series ultrathin notebooks today: The 14-inch Satellite E45T and the 15.6-inch Satellite E55t/E55Dt will feature touchscreens and will be available with either fourth-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell) or AMD A6-series (Kabini) CPUs.
In an embargoed briefing last week, Toshiba's group product marketing manager, Young Bae, said that these new Satellite E series notebooks will take design cues from the company's luxury Kirabook. "This less-expensive series will be made with aluminum [versus the Kirabook's magnesium]," said Bae. "But they will have many of the same high-end features [as the Kirabook]. We've spent the last year filtering down high-end features to our lower-end platforms."
Bae said while the Satellite E series notebooks will range in price from just under $600 to less than $900, they will feature brushed-aluminum casings, backlit keyboards, two USB 3.0 ports (one with USB Sleep & Charge, for charging USB devices while the computer is asleep), one USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, a full-size gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and either 500- or 750GB mechanical hard drives that can be combined with an optional 32GB SSD cache. The 15.6-inch model will have an embedded numeric keypad.
The new line will also have dual-band 802.11ac wireless network adapters, and models with Intel CPUs will support Intel's WiDi wireless display technology.
Most Satellite E-series notebooks will rely on integrated graphics, but customers will have the option of configuring them with a discrete graphics processor in the form of Nvidia's GeForce 740M. Either way, the display will be limited to a native resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels.
The 14-inch Satellite E45T will be available August 4 at Best Buy stores, BestBuy.com, and Toshiba Direct. The 15.6-inch Satellite E series will be available in September online and at major retailers. Toshiba has not announced detailed pricing for either model.