Toshiba Portégé M780 May/May Not Have Multitouch, but Definitely a Tablet PC

In case your calendar doesn’t show it, today is touch Tablet PC day. First up was Fujitsu with its new T900 and now it’s Toshiba’s turn and the Portégé M780. My very first Tablet PC was a Toshiba M205, so I sort of have a soft spot for this new tabby. Like my old workhorse, the M780 provides a 12.1″ swivel display, but the resolution is a manageable 1280 x 800 — my machine pounded out the pixels at 1440 x 1050, if memory serves.

But the biggest difference between old and new might be the touch support with Microsoft Windows 7 (s msft) on the M780. So you get both active inking as well as touch — although Notebook Italia doesn’t mention multitouch gestures, SlashGear seems to think support for multitouch is there. It’s hard to say when Toshiba hasn’t officially offered a press release with details just yet.

Our mobile friends in Italy do have some of the specification rundown on this semi-hefty 2-kilogram device. Inside will a choice between an Intel Core i3 or i5 (s intc) CPU, up to 8 GB of RAM, a 2.5″ hard drive paired with a 3D accelerometer for drop protection, integrated optical drive, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, webcam, two USB ports and fingerprint sensor.

I ran my old M205 into the ground and it really never lost a beat. If Toshiba is making the M780 anything like they used to make a Tablet PC, I’d expect this to be a solid, all-around unit. And even without multitouch, just having a dual-digitizer solution is appealing on it’s own — pending the price, of course.

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