4K display, Radeon GPU team up in $1,500 Toshiba laptop


— 11:43 AM on April 15, 2014

With the PPI arms race raging on in the phone world, I was starting to think display makers had forgotten about laptops. Happily, that's not the case. Earlier this morning, Toshiba announced the Satellite P55t, a 15.6" notebook outfitted with a 4K touch-screen display.

The display is of the IPS variety, and its 3840x2160 resolution works out to a pixel density of 282 PPI. That's more pixels per inch than even Apple's Retina MacBooks can deliver. To top it off, Toshiba claims its screen bears Technicolor certification. There's no word on the color gamut or anything of the sort, but the company does say the Satellite P55t is "[i]deal for visual creative professionals and multimedia enthusiasts."

Under the hood, the Satellite P55t features a quad-core Haswell processor, up to 16GB of system memory, and a Radeon R9 M265X discrete GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 RAM. I don't see that GPU listed anywhere on AMD's website, although there is an R7 M265 with 384 stream processors and a 128-bit DDR3 memory interface. Hmm. Other than that, the Satellite P55t comes with a 1TB hard drive, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Harman Kardon speakers, and a built-in Blu-ray burner. Sadly, Toshiba makes no mention of solid-state storage in the specs list. Since this is a full-sized notebook, one would hope the hard drive is at least easy to replace.

According to Toshiba, the Satellite P55t will be available to purchase directly from the company's website for $1,499.99 starting on April 22. (Thanks to Engadget for the link.)

   
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