Australia won’t be getting early versions of Toshiba’s Qosmio multimedia notebooks, but can expect to see updated models arriving in October.
The TV tuners in launch phase Qosmios are not compatible with Australian TV standards, but newer iterations will fully support both digital and free-to-air standards and include a host of additional audio/visual features.
“Phase one notebooks have only been shipped in Japan, Europe and the US – they are a toe in the water,” general manager of Toshiba's Information Systems Division, Mark Whittard, said.
Toshiba’s Qosmio notebooks are designed to be a fully converged computing and entertainment device, and include advanced AV functionality including a TV tuner and DVD, high quality screens and surround sound.
The phase two notebooks will include widescreen technology with a choice of 15- or 17 -inch screens that will include software enhancements meaning screen resolution, clarity and brightness is even better than the much-hyped display on the current Qosmio.
They will also promise enhanced fast boot-up, larger hard drives for DVD recording and contain a wireless TV system that allows owners to watch TV on multiple equipment over a wireless LAN.
The launch of the Qosmio range in Australia is timed to coincide with Microsoft’s Windows XP Media Centre Edition 2004 which Whittard described as “absolutely brilliant when sitting on top of these products”.
Whittard also said that Toshiba would be looking for resellers for the Qosmio that were strong in the AV market.
“It is more of a specialist product in the home AV space, but there will be business applications,” he said. “Resellers will have to develop skills in multimedia and AV – they’re going to want to get on the bandwagon.”