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Toshiba Qosmio G50 HD upscaling laptop

Toshiba has been showing off its new range of Qosmio laptops. There are three new models in the range.

The Qosmio Q50 3 is a fairly standard-sized 15.4in model designed for general-purpose entertainment, while the Qosmio G50 is a quad-core model that can upscale DVD content and play it back as though it were high-definition.

While this implies Toshiba isn't looking to follow in the footsteps of Sony, Apple, Acer and others and offer a Blu-ray HD laptop, it should mean hardware costs are kept fairly low and improved screen playback is available to a fairly broad range of consumers.

The G50 is also of interest in that it has an 18.4in screen - something Acer demonstrated back in March with the launch of its Gemstone Blue laptops.

The Toshiba Qosmio laptops come with up to 640GB hard disks and can take up to 8GB of RAM. nVidia GeForce graphics chipsets handle the visuals, while Harmon Kardon speakers pump out the audio or game sound effects.

Toshiba's Thomas Teckentrup said: "At Toshiba we strive to give consumers an optimal multimedia experience by paying attention to detail. The Qosmio is the world's first laptop offering true real-time HD upscaling for a great user experience."

In addition to the G50 and Q50 laptops, Toshiba has also announced a gaming laptop, the X300, which comes in Fire Shark red. The red livery isn't restricted to the casing, however: gamers will be able to intimidate opponents with the aggressive red speaker setup, touchpad, mouse and glowing red LED surround.

Pricing for the three new Qosmio models has yet to be announced. Specifications can be found here. Specifications can be found here.

Toshiba Qosmio G50 3 laptop

Toshiba Qosmio G50 3 laptop

Qosmio X300 Fire Shark gaming laptop

Qosmio X300 Fire Shark gaming laptop

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