Toshiba has refreshed the Kirabook 13 high-end 13.3-inch Ultrabook laptop, upgrading the processor options to the latest Intel Core 4th Gen Haswell. The laptop still retains the sharp above-full-HD 2,560×1,440-pixel display resolution and 221 pixels-per-inch density, optional touchscreen, and magnesium alloy chassis.
The PC maker hasn’t said what exact Haswell models will the updated Kirabook offer, but we’ve stumbled upon a configuration with the 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-4500U over at B&H Photo Video store. Besides slightly better raw CPU muscle, the i7-4500U brings the much improved Intel HD 4400 graphics processor. Also, it should bring a longer battery life than the corresponding current Kirabook with the 3rd Gen Intel i7. The specs of the new version (SKU i7s) at B&H list a battery life of up to 7.75 hours, whereas the previous edition officially has a run time of maximal 6.17 hours, with both models including a 4-cell 52Wh battery.
This lightweight 2.6-pound notebook with a profile of 0.7″ still offers 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive, as well as keyboard backlight, stereo speakers, 720p webcam, three USB ports, HDMI, and a media card reader, alongside 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Ethernet LAN connectivity is missing.
They’ve pre-loaded Windows 8 Pro on the laptop.
Regarding pricing, Toshiba announced the new edition will start at $1,499. The good news is that the higher-end i7 model listed on B&H wears the same price tag, meaning that a Core i5 version if becomes available will put the Kirabook in the sub-$1,500 territory.