Toshiba laptops set for 3G future laptops future

Japanese vendor Toshiba Computer Systems arrives at GITEX this week with its first 3G laptop in tow and this internet-ready machine won’t be its last.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  November 21, 2006

3G internet capabilities will become an integral part of business laptops, according to the EMEA PR boss of Japanese hardware giant Toshiba Computer Systems. Speaking exclusively to Gitex Times, Manuel Linnig explains: “Products such as our new Portégé M400-3G Tablet PC, which we’re giving visitors a glimpse of here this week, will span more and more of the business market over time. 3G laptops will even move across to the consumer side eventually, however they’ll remain a business proposition for the time being due to their cost.” Products such as the Portégé M400-3G effectively allow any user with an internet-capable SIM subscription (set-up with their local phone operator) to install this SIM and then use the laptop to access the internet. This gives the user greater flexibility, as it means no second handheld device or internet cables are required for them to get online and start surfing. Due to hit the Middle East market in around a month’s time, Toshiba’s M400 features an innovative ‘smart switching’ function, which should give owners even smoother internet access. “When a user moves into an area without 3G+ broadband coverage, the network automatically switches to 3G or GPRS,” Linnig explains, “so that regardless of where a user roams their data availability is ensured and they can remain connected.”

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