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Tosh opens new book on Libretto

Toshiba relaunches Libretto with Crusoe chip

Toshiba is to relaunch its Libretto mini-notebook with a full-size keyboard and a Transmeta Crusoe low-power processor. Toshiba pulled the Libretto after customers moaned the keyboard was just too small to use.

Japan will be the first country for release, with a launch date set for 18 May. Volker Wohlfarth, European product manager for Toshiba notebooks, confirmed the new Libretto would be launched "very soon" in the UK, but could not give a price or exact launch date.

The Libretto will be built around a 600MHz Crusoe processor, and will sport a 10in screen. The notebook will weigh just under 1.1kg, the same as the old Libretto.

Toshiba claims a possible 14-hour battery life using an optional battery, but as many companies have failed to realise power extension claims made by fans of Crusoe this is a moot point.

It will will also have a 10GB hard drive, USB and FireWire ports, as well as a 56K modem, Bluetooth wireless networking capabilities and Microsoft Windows Me. Measurements are 26.7x16.7x2cm.

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