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Toshiba's R800 series priced; sequel to one of our favorite laptops

The Toshiba Satellite R800 series is coming, and we hope it's as good as the R700 series was.

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One of our favorite laptops in recent memory (and giving rise to one of the most popular laptop reviews we published last year) was the Toshiba R705. This slim 13-inch laptop packed in tons of features and decent performance, all for around $800, and was one of the best Windows-based alternatives for those who like the general size and shape of MacBooks but need a Windows machine.

But with the first few rounds of laptops featuring Intel's second-gen Core i-series processors hitting stores, the R700 series is a bit behind the times.

Toshiba has mentioned the next version, the R800, a few times, but specs, prices, and actual availability information have been sketchy. Now detailed specs and prices are up on Toshiba's Web site (we spotted these via Engadget), and they run from the $889 Intel Core i3-2310M Portege R835-P50X to the $930 R835-P56X, which has a Core i5-2410M processor. All four models have 640GB hard drives and USB 3.0 ports.

We were actually able to add one of the four R835 models to a shopping cart on the Toshiba site, with a shipping time of 1 to 2 days, but that appears to be a site error, as Toshiba says the U.S. versions of the R800 laptops haven't been officially announced yet. We screen-grabbed the page in case it gets pulled, so check out the different R835 models and their specs and prices below.