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Brazilian Arm of Toshiba to Release Purple HTPC

Old 04-26-08, 09:45 AM
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Brazilian Arm of Toshiba to Release Purple HTPC

Saw this on engadget this morning. Semp Toshiba (a quasi-independent Brazilian subdivision), has announced a dual-format HTPC, with TV tuner and Blu-ray recording ability.

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Brazilian blog link

Translation from a kind Brazilian:

Semp Toshiba Computer announced yesterday "Spectra", its new media center PC, capable of reproducing and recording videos on Blu-ray. Yes, after losing the format wars between Sony Blu-ray x HD-DVD, STI - Brazilian arm of Toshiba - decided to market a hybrid player [Translator note: apparently, it's an hybrid drive that can reads Blu-Ray AND HD-DVD, go figure].

Besides the "ideological" novelty, the Spectra comes with interesting features, like a Digital TV tuner. It comes with a Core 2 Duo 6300 processor, 1.86 GHz, up to 4 GB of RAM and an HD that ranges from 160 GB up to 750 GB.

To connect the media center directly to the TV and enjoy the Full HD 1080p resolution of the Blu-ray or the defunct HD-DVD, Spectra comes with three HDMI inputs, which also bring a respectable audio output to a home theater.

In all, media center brings other desirable features, such as a 8-in-1 card reader, an embedded Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g card and wireless keyboard with integrated TrackBall. Okay, the TrackBall is not that desirable, but it is there and doesn't get in the way. Besides the HDMI connection, there are six USB ports, VGA, DVI, S-Video.

The product should take about a month to reach the shops because the STI is still finishing developing a remote [Translator's note: that might come also with the Media Center PC, I guess?] that should control any TV and the Windows Media Center in Vista. They are missing some adjustments in the software. The suggested price for the different settings should range between 3.000 and 5.000 Brazilian reais (roughly between 1.800 and 3.000 dollars), as informed Semp Toshiba itself.


May I add a comment that, in Brazil, Semp Toshiba has always operated without too much influence of their Japanese arm. Therefore, doesn't come as a huge surprise (at least for us Brazilians) that they're doing something that, most likely, the Japaneses don't even have a clue that they're doing. But of course, Toshiba's with Blu-Rays are (at least for now) always cause for a huge surprise.
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