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Toshiba: new laptop - world’s lightest

Toshiba Corp. claimed that the newly-launched ultraportable laptop, the Portege R500-S5007V, is the world’s lightest, according to US media reports Wednesday.

The claim came after the Tokyo-headquartered electronics manufacturer announced it added a 128GB solid state drive (SSD) to its straw-weight laptop.

The Portege R500 now measures 0.77 inches (about 1.96 cm) at its thinnest point and weighs at just 2.4 pounds (1.08 kg), compared to Apple’s MacBook Air, 3 pounds (about 1.36 kg), and Lenovo’s Thinkpad X300, around 2.93 pounds (about 1.33kg).

The new laptop is outfitted with a 7mm DVD SuperMulti Drive to go with the new SSD, which consumes less power as it has no moving parts like a hard drive and gives the battery more runtime. According to the company, the laptop can run for eight hours on a single battery charge. The notebook also features a 1.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo chip and a transreflective backlit LED screen.

Porteges with the SSD will cost $2,995, roughly $1,000 more than the versions with hard disks in the 120GB to 160GB range. The laptop will start shipping in the Q3 this year, according to the company. But it wasn’t available to comment on worldwide availability. (