Toshiba Portégé M780 Tablet PC spotted

Toshiba-M780-Tablet-PCFrom the land of romance and pasta, NotebookItalia has the goods on the Toshiba Portégé M780 Tablet PC. A run through of the specs indicates it’s a pretty straightforward refresh of the M750, which itself is little changed from the M700. Hot specs are the Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options.

It remains a business-class machine with 12.1″ display with LED backlight and 1200 x 800 resolution, presumably using the same active digitizer for pen input with optional multitouch. Other advanced features include two sleep-and-charge USB ports for charging USB devices while the machine is powered off, an eSATA port, fingerprint scanner, and accelerometer for screen rotation and shock detection that moves the head of the hard drive to a safe spot when an impact is detected, though that can be avoided with a SSD (a pricey option on the M750).

No word on pricing, but it’s safe to assume it’ll be in the same range as the M750. One thing I like about this consistency in design is that it should be compatible with all the Toshiba accessories I already have. Makes the Portégé an attractive upgrade option for me.

Edit: I let the Slashgear commentary and a half-forgotten memory get the better of me. The M750 has a single-touch option, not multi-touch. That half-memory was of a multi-touch prototype, which we learned from Shogmaster could be offered with pen or multi-touch, but not both. Raises the question of what sort of touch option will be offered on the M780. Thanks to Kevin Tofel for raising a question that jogged my memory.

Via Slashgear

3 Comments

  1. GoodThings2Life

    02/03/2010 at 9:50 am

    Have always liked these Portege tablets… had the M700 and M750 at my previous job, so good to see them refreshing the specs without drastically changing a good design. Although, I’d like them to produce something new too with a bit lighter weight to it.

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  2. Steven

    02/03/2010 at 12:06 pm

    I use the M700 as my primary computer, and I like it quite a bit. I agree that it is nice to see Toshiba allow for compatible accessories. I don’t know why companies feel the need to make a whole new case, battery, etc. But, it would be nicer if the screen were less recessed.

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  3. feralboy

    02/05/2010 at 9:48 am

    Steven, companies make whole new case so you’ll have to buy new accessories. A lot of profit can be made there.

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