Toshiba delays 128GB solid-state notebook

Company postpones the launch of its 128GB solid-state drive Dynabook SS RX1 notebook, apparently due to parts delays.

Toshiba has postponed the launch of the Dynabook SS RX1 notebook slated to ship with a 128GB solid-state drive, according to an announcement on Toshiba's Japanese Web site.

Toshiba Dynabook SS RX series
Toshiba Dynabook SS RX series Toshiba

The Japanese-market Dynabook has been billed as the first notebook with a 128GB solid-state drive, or SSD.

The notebook was originally scheduled for general availability in April but will be delayed until June, according to Toshiba.

Toshiba cited parts delays. It's not clear whether the delays are SSD-related, but Toshiba postponed the launch of a notebook last year with a 64GB SSD due to flash memory chip "procurement" delays.

The 128GB SSD-equipped dynabook is expected to sell for 400,000 yen, or about $4,000.

Meanwhile, Toshiba Europe has listed the Portege R500-12Q with an 128GB SSD, though no information on availability is given, according to Engadget.

Popular ultralight notebooks such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 and Apple MacBook Air come with 64GB SSDs.

Intel is expected to announce SSDs ranging up to 160GB this year. Samsung is expected to follow suit.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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