On Wednesday Toshiba announced its new luxury line of notebooks Kira, unveiling the first device to launch under the new brand, the Kirabook. Toshiba seems to be gunning after the big dogs, as the Kirabook appears to be a direct competitor to Apple’s MacBook Pro with its high-res display and sleek form factor.
The Kirabook’s most notable feature is its display. Moving well beyond the premium 1920 x 1080 resolution, the Kirabook will offer a 13-inch display with a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution referred to as PixelPure. Strangely enough, not all Kirabook configurations will offer a touchscreen standard, but touch-screen compatibility can be added for an additional $100. The Kirabooks equipped with touch-screen capability will also offer Corning Concore Glass.
The new luxury notebook will also offer an eye-catching aesthetic comprised of AZ91 pressed magnesium alloy with a sleek form factor measuring at 0.7-inches and weighing in at 2.6 pounds, depending on the configuration. Despite its small frame the notebook will offer impressive performance with either a Core i5 or i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB Solid State Drive, and a high-capacity Li-Polymer battery.
The high-end notebook will also ship with a few extras including complete versions of Adobe Photoshop, Elements 11, and Premier Elements 11 software. The device will also ship with complimentary Platinum service and support, which offers a two-year warranty, 24×7 phone support, in addition to U.S. based agents, rapid repair, and annual tune-ups.
Pricing and Availability
The Kirabook will be available for pre-order starting on May 3 and for purchase on May 12 at Amazon.com, BestBuy.com, Microsoft Store, B&H, Adorama, and direct form Toshiba’s website. Configurations begin at $1,600 with the higher end model costing roughly $2,000.