Toshiba has launched the Portégé R600 - its successor to the ultra-portable Portégé R500.

Housed in a magnesium-alloy chassis, the 12.1in laptop is powered by an Intel Centrino 2 VPro ultra-low voltage processor. According to MobileMark 2007 tests Toshiba has used on this model, a battery life of up to 8hrs 25 mins can be expected between charges. 

The Portégé R600 features 3GB of DDR2 RAM and a 160GB hard disk or a 128GB solid state drive (SSD). Users that opt for the SSD will also be able to include an optical drive on their machine.

Toshiba has given the Portégé R600 a 1,920x1,200 transflective widescreen display on which graphics and text should be easily discernible, even in bright sunlight. The Portégé R600 has a full-size Qwerty keyboard that can cope with accidental spillages that may occur.

Shipped with Windows Vista Business, it will be possible for customers to 'downgrade' their new laptop to Windows XP Professional uisng the Toshiba Recovery CD if they wish. 

The new Portégé model has a built-in webcam, an embedded 3G/HSPA modem, a, g and n Wi-Fi and supports Bluetooth V2.1. A USB Sleep and Charge function allows external peripherals, such as mobile phone or media players, to be charged when the R600 is switched off but plugged in to the mains.

The 283x216x20 laptop weighs just 0.8kg and features Toshiba EasyGuard technology to protect the device against shocks, potential virus attacks and even data theft.

Available from end of October, the Toshiba Portégé R600 will be priced from £1,099.

Toshiba Portégé R600 laptop