Toshiba Introduces the Newly Designed Qosmio F55 Featuring GPS Technology : New Toshiba Laptops Push the Boundaries of Mobility by Combining Garmin GPS Technology with the Latest Technologies from Intel and NVIDIA

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Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the new Qosmio® F55 laptop series, a 15.4-inch powerhouse that leverages both the Intel® Core™ 2 Duo CPU and NVIDIA® GPUs with built-in GPS(1) to provide an unsurpassed performance in terms of multimedia, gaming and mobile convenience.

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Laptops are a vital instrument of the digital lifestyle, and Toshiba is proud that it continues to expand its product line with innovations that increase how we interact with the world around us

Through the combined strength of Intel's next-generation processor technology and the NVIDIA GeForce® 9700M GTS graphics(2) card, the Qosmio F55 with GPS is amply built for performance and power. The NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS provides users with the ability to navigate through today's latest DirectX® 10 games by providing razor-sharp graphic details and intricacies.

A unique feature on the Qosmio F55 laptop series is its GPS system powered by Garmin®. Freeing users from the need of an Internet connection, the built-in GPS system allows users to determine their exact location within moments, as well as search for directions to millions of locations.

"Laptops are a vital instrument of the digital lifestyle, and Toshiba is proud that it continues to expand its product line with innovations that increase how we interact with the world around us," said Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Digital Products Division, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. "The Qosmio F55 laptop series is in line with that vision, and through the addition of GPS, gaming-level graphics and a premium design, it's a powerful machine that will turn heads wherever users are."

Incorporating the all-new Fusion™ finish with Vibe pattern, the Qosmio F55's chassis is built around a stunning 15.4-inch diagonal widescreen TruBrite™ high-definition display. To further enhance the visual experience, the Qosmio F55 sports two premium Harman Kardon® stereo speakers, one subwoofer and Dolby Home Theater™ technology, allowing users to experience their content in both virtual and true surround sound environments. The Qosmio can be seamlessly integrated into a user's home theater system for a complete surround sound experience thanks to its REGZA LINK™ HDMI technology, while empowering users with simultaneous instant device configuration and the ability to control REGZA LINK enabled devices, such as Toshiba's REGZA™ HDTVs and Qosmio laptops, with a single remote.

As an added convenience, each Qosmio F55 features Sleep-and-Charge USB ports(3), which allow users to charge popular mobile devices such as MP3 players, mobile phones and PDAs at any moment, whether the laptop is powered-on, off or in hibernation mode. One of the Sleep-and-Charge ports also doubles as an eSATA port, which enables the transfer of data and multimedia files to and from an external hard drive at speeds up to five times faster than standard USB 2.0.

Additionally, the TOSHIBA Face Recognition software harnesses the Qosmio's built-in Webcam to grant or deny access to the laptop based on a series of recorded images of the user's face.

The Qosmio brand has long been defined by its strong multimedia features, and the Qosmio F55 series is no exception. The Qosmio F55 series sports a DVD SuperMulti Drive that supports 11 different media formats. Additionally, the optical drive is Labelflash™ enabled, which makes it possible to burn images and labels directly onto a Labelflash DVD-R disc for a polished, professional finish. For the first time, Toshiba will offer users the option of configuring their laptops to run either a 32-bit or 64-bit(4) version of Windows Vista, depending on a user's preference and intended computer use.

The new Qosmio F55 series is available at a variety of major consumer electronics and computer stores nationwide or directly from Toshiba at http://www.toshibadirect.com. Detailed product information is available at http://www.explore.toshiba.com/F55.

The following configurations demonstrate some of the various specifications and price options available within the Qosmio F55 series:

Qosmio F55-Q502 Unique Specifications (MSRP $1,399.99(5))

  --   OS selection at first boot:   --   Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit version) (default) -- Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit(4) version) -- Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor P7350(6) -- 3072MB PC-6400 DDR2 SDRAM(7) -- 320GB (5400 RPM) Serial-ATA HDD(8) -- DVD SuperMulti (+/-double layer) with Labelflash(TM) drive

-- NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 9700M GTS with 512MB GDDR3 discrete graphics(2) memory -- Atheros(R) (802.11 b/g/n)(9) -- Built-in GPS(1) ready Qosmio F55-Q503 Unique Specifications (MSRP $1,749.99(5))

  -- OS selection at first boot:   --   Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 64-bit(4) version) (default) -- Genuine Windows Vista(R) Home Premium (SP1, 32-bit version) -- Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo Processor T9400(6) -- 4096MB PC-6400 DDR2 SDRAM(7) -- 320GB using two (7200 RPM) Serial-ATA HDD(8) -- DVD SuperMulti (+/-double layer) with Labelflash(TM) drive

-- NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 9700M GTS with 512MB GDDR3 discrete graphics(2) memory -- Atheros(R) (802.11 b/g/n)(9) -- Bluetooth(R) version 2.1 + EDR -- Built-in GPS(1) ready Multimedia: Qosmio F55 Series

The Qosmio F55 series is available with a one-year standard limited warranty(10), which includes carry-in support at Authorized Service Providers throughout the country or packaging and delivery of the product to a centralized depot for prompt turnaround service from any of the 4,460 UPS Stores and Mail Boxes Etc. locations nationwide. Customers can also choose to upgrade the notebook's service plans, including up to four years of extended warranty coverage.

All new Toshiba laptops are RoHS-compatible(11), effectively reducing the environmental impact by restricting the use of lead, mercury and certain other hazardous substances. Toshiba also offers a computer trade-in and recycling program to reduce environmental impact and promote efficient utilization of resources. During the third quarter of 2008, Toshiba is offering free recycling for all manufacturer's PCs with the purchase of a new Toshiba laptop computer. To learn more about this free PC recycling promotion or to find out how to recycle other consumer electronic products, please visit: http://www.toshiba.com/recycle.

About Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. (TAIS)

Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of four business units: Digital Products Division, Imaging Systems Division, Storage Device Division, and Telecommunication Systems Division. Together, these divisions provide mobile product and solutions, including industry leading portable computers; projectors; imaging products for the security, medical and manufacturing markets; storage products for automotive, computer and consumer electronics applications; and telephony equipment and associated applications.

TAIS provides sales, marketing and services for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a global leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems, as well as major infrastructure systems. Toshiba was founded in 1875, and today operates a global network of more than 740 companies, with 198,000 employees worldwide and annual sales surpassing US$76 billion. For more information on Toshiba's leading innovations, visit the company's Web site at http://www.toshiba.com.

1. GPS. GPS performance will vary depending on environmental conditions, obstacles and interference from other radio waves.

2. Graphics. GPU performance may vary. See Graphics Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

3. USB Sleep & Charge. The "USB Sleep & Charge Function" may not work with certain external devices even if they are compliant with the USB specification. In those cases, turn the power of the computer ON to charge the device.

4. 64-Bit Computing. See 64-Bit Computing Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

5. Price. Reseller prices may vary. MSRP means "Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price."

6. Processor. CPU performance may vary. See Processor Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

7. Memory. Memory size may vary. See Memory Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

8. Hard Disk Drive Capacity. Hard drive capacity may vary. 1 Gigabyte (GB) means 1000 x 1000 x 1000 = 1,000,000,000 bytes using powers of 10. See Hard Disk Drive Capacity Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

9. Wireless. May require purchase of additional software, external hardware or services. Transmission speeds may vary. See Wireless Legal Footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com.

10. Warranty. The terms and conditions of Toshiba's standard limited warranty, and extended warranty and service upgrade plans are available at http://www.warranty.toshiba.com.

11. RoHS. This product is compatible with European Union Directive 2002/95/EC. See RoHS legal footnote at http://www.info.toshiba.com

© 2008 Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. All product, service and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Information including without limitation product prices, specifications, availability, content of services, and contact information is subject to change without notice.

Release Summary:

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD) today announced the new Qosmio(R) F55 laptop series, a 15.4-inch powerhouse that leverages both the Intel(R) Core(TM) 2 Duo CPU and NVIDIA(R) GPUs with built-in GPS.

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