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Toshiba Kira ultrabook updated with new processor and longer battery life

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Toshiba Kira ultrabook updated with new processor and longer battery life

Toshiba has updated its Kira ultrabook to include the latest Intel Broadwell processors, bringing enhanced battery life and processing power.

The update is purely to the internal hardware, with no external tweaks being made. But with battery life jumping from around 10 to 13 hours and performance likely to step up a little, there's still enough here to keep things interesting.

The Kira has a Macbook Air-esque slim aluminium body but packs in a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution to its 13.3in frame. There's also a PixelPure 2,560 x 1,440 model though that one sees a drop in battery life to 10.45 hours.

SEE ALSO: Toshiba Kira 2014 review

Other internals include 256GB of SSD storage, 8GB of RAM and DTS Studio Sound. As for connectivity, there are three USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI, SD card reader and dual-band Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

While we may all be looking forward to the arrival of Windows 10, for now you'll have to make do with Windows 8.1 which comes pre-installed on the Kira, in its 64-bit guise.

As for pricing, the Toshiba Kira 2015 model will retail for the same price as last years model, at £1,299. It'll be hitting shop shelves from the end of February.

John

February 20, 2015, 11:42 am

£1300 is just too far, far too expensive for what it is.

Matthew Bunton

February 20, 2015, 12:35 pm

Agreed but Isn't that the same for all Ultrabooks though?

Ed

February 20, 2015, 12:44 pm

I'm inclined to agree. You do get the better connectivity and larger SSD but it really should have a starting price that's at least the same, if not cheaper, than the 13in MacBook Air.

Paul

February 21, 2015, 9:51 am

yes but go and tell anti-apple people and they will say no

John

February 21, 2015, 1:16 pm

The Asus 305 is not wildly dissimilar yet costs £650 (PC World, John Lewis etc) for the 1080p 128gb version:

http://www.asus.com/uk/Note...

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