AMD chips find their way into Toshiba notebooks

We reported nearly a month ago that Toshiba was about to introduce some notebooks based on AMD’s processors. Well, CNet says the Japanese PC vendor has now introduced its first AMD-based notebooks in recent history. The machines are part of a new Satellite A215 series, and they start at a relatively affordable $889.99.

At that price, Toshiba’s new Satellite A215-S4757 offers a 15.4″ 1280×800 display, a 1.8GHz Turion 64 X2 TL-56 processor, an AMD M690V-based motherboard with Radeon X1200 integrated graphics, 2GB of DDR2 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, a dual-layer DVD burner, and a built-in camera. The system weighs in at 6.29lbs (2.85kg) and comes pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium x86. Users can also cough up $1,249 for the Satellite A215-S4767, although that doesn’t seem to get you more than a processor upgrade to a 2.2GHz Turion 64 X2 TL-64 processor.

According to CNet, Toshiba’s decision to hop on the AMD bandwagon is due to consumer and retailer demand. However, the site suspects the move also has something to do with the Japan Fair Trade Commission, which ordered Intel to stop offering rebates to PC vendors as incentives to make them limit their use of AMD processors. As we learned last month, AMD-based notebooks should account for 20% of Toshiba’s notebook sales in the U.S. and Europe.

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    • squir
    • 12 years ago

    How would you compare the Toshiba A215 to the A200-1AE or A200-10W which are more expensive but Core 2 duo

    • squir
    • 12 years ago

    In short do you think this laptop Toshiba A215-S4757 is worthwhile or not. Has anyone reviewed it? Are there heat issues. Glad for any help. The price is good.

    • poulpy
    • 12 years ago

    How come all those 64bit capable laptops still ship with 32bit Windows? Any logical reason behind this?

      • stdPikachu
      • 12 years ago

      Crappy 64bit driver support? Laptops are always full of obscure hardware that needs funky drivers.

        • poulpy
        • 12 years ago

        If crappy driver support is the reason it’s pretty sad IMO, I mean it’s been 4 years now that x64 cpus have been around, and the Linux/BSD community embraced it almost on the fly back then..

        Thinking about it maybe the Pentium4 did accelerate Internet as they claimed but this feature hasn’t been supported by Windows yet? ๐Ÿ˜›

        • Stijn
        • 12 years ago

        That meens they also need funky 32-bit drivers, why don’t make ‘m 64-bit?

    • pluscard
    • 12 years ago

    AMD is just starting to get some traction out if it’s ATI acquistion. AMD has a mobile chipset drawing just 7 watts, yet including an x700 (ati) graphics engine.

    Combined with the 65nm Turions, it’s a lower power offering than Centrino, and it has better graphics.

    Notice AMD got Dell and Toshiba after C2D came out? Make you wonder?

    • slot_one
    • 12 years ago

    Consumer demand? I thought (and still think) that Turions suck. I’m not an Intel fanboy, it’s just that when it comes to portable PCs, a Centrino package/Core 2 based notebook is just a…smarter decision. AMD’s never been ideal for notebooks, not even when they were ruling the desktop/server world with A64s/Optys while Intel was asleep.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 12 years ago

    The extra money also bumps you up from Home Premium x86 to Ultimate x86. And a fingerprint reader.

    • donitsi
    • 12 years ago

    So, they sell some chips afterall.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      Uh, they’ve been selling lots of chips. That’s not the problem. The problem is that they’re low-end chips, sold at the cheapest prices. That’s no way to see the kind of margins you need to be in an R&D (and fab) arms race with Intel.

      AMD needs to hang onto a share at the high end, which is why Barcelona is first and foremost a server chip.

        • donitsi
        • 12 years ago

        Yes, that’s very true.

    • tempeteduson
    • 12 years ago

    A 250GB hard drive on an otherwise-pedestrian machine is kind of odd. I’d bet people are willing to trade down to 120 to save some dough.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      It may be 250GB, but it’s a 4200rpm drive.

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    The bad news about this announcement is the weight of these things – starting at 6.29 pounds… yikes, you can count me out.

      • UberGerbil
      • 12 years ago

      yeah, if you want a 6lb laptop with a Turion and a 15.4″ 1280×800 display you can get an Inspiron 1501 starting at $499.

        • flip-mode
        • 12 years ago

        With a Turion X2?

          • UberGerbil
          • 12 years ago

          Yep, though models with the X2 start at $599
          ยง[<http://www.dell.com/content/products/features.aspx/cto_inspn_1501?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs<]ยง

            • Reldey
            • 12 years ago

            Except for the fact you get vista basic, 1 gig of ram, a 80 gig hard drive, and a slower amd x2 processor for $599.

            But yeah its the same laptop. (sarcasm)

            • UberGerbil
            • 12 years ago

            And a faster HD.

            Nowhere did I say the word “same” and I noted that dollar amount is where the prices /[

            • Reldey
            • 12 years ago

            Everyone knows you can get a cheaper laptop with an AMD turion x2.

            In my previous post was also pointing out that your post was irrelevant to this section.

            Maybe if it had the same specs and it was cheaper it would make more sense.

            But you just pointed out a laptop that had sort of the same processor and thats all.

            If anyone has a problem with reading comprehension its you for making irrelevant posts.

            By the way, your username is a bit, lame.

            However i do agree with your earlier post of AMD’s current status in the CPU market.

            • flip-mode
            • 12 years ago

            Hair trigger?

      • PetMiceRnice
      • 12 years ago

      Ha! People these days have it easy even if something weighs 6+ pounds. You should see my IBM so-called “Personal Portable Computer” that I have in the basement from 1984. It’s got a CRT in there, dual 360K floppies, and it is huge and weighs a ton. I figure you would have to have the arms of Arnold Schwarzenegger to carry that around for any distance on a daily or regular basis.

      But seriously, it is good to see AMD making some inroads. As consumers, we want to see them (as well as their ATI graphics division) survive and be competitive.

        • flip-mode
        • 12 years ago

        Well at least IBM didn’t dare to call that product a laptop. We’re sorta in a different category here :lollers:

    • [+Duracell-]
    • 12 years ago

    Yay more good news for AMD!

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