Toshiba plans to put on sale its first laptop computer with a built-in HD-DVD drivein Japan in May. The Qosmio G30 is expected to be the first computer available from any vendor with an HD-DVD drive.
HD-DVD is one of two formats competing to replace DVD for high-definition movies. The format was launched just over a week ago in Japan when Toshiba began selling an HD-DVD player. Similar players are due on sale in the US later this month. The first players for the rival format, Blu-ray Disc, are not expected in shops until at least June.
The laptop is based on a 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor and will have a 17-inch widescreen LCD (liquid crystal display) panel with 1,920-x-1,200 pixel (WUXGA) resolution.
Like other computers in Toshiba's Qosmio range, the machine is designed for multimedia use, thus the relatively large display and features such as digital and analog TV tuners, Harman Kardon speakers and an HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) output.