Toshiba Launches HD-DVD Laptops

Japanese technology firm Toshiba announced the first high definition laptop computer with a built in HD DVD optical drive for the new generation of DVD disks and a high-resolution display.

The computer will retail for 2,500 to 3,500 euros and will be available in all countries within a few weeks, said Oscar Koenders, European computer marketing manager at Toshiba.

The G30 will be the follow-up to the Qosmio G20 notebook, and will be priced similarly depending upon configuration.

The Qosmio G30 will feature HDMI-out, and can be connected to an HDTV or monitor with support for HDCP.

HD-DVD is one of two formats vying to replace current DVDs for high-definition content such as movies. Its main backers are Toshiba and NEC Corp and it is competing with Blu-ray Disc, which is backed by a group including Sony Corp, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co’s Panasonic Corporation of North America unit and Samsung Electronics Co.

Users will be able to watch HD-DVD content on the laptop’s screen or on a compatible high-definition monitor or television. The computer has HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) for hooking up to a TV and a DVI interface with copy-protection support for connection to a monitor, said Koenders.

Though HD-DVD will initially only be offered in Toshiba’s high-end Qosmio notebook line, Toshiba expects that some models in the lower-tier Satellite line may offer HD-DVD by the end of 2006.