Telstra launches 4G ultrabook tablet

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Telstra has teamed up with Toshiba to launch Australia’s first Windows 8 Pro Ultrabook – the Portégé Z10t which doubles as a laptop or tablet.

The tablet, Portégé Z10t, which will be available on Tesla’s mobile network exclusively for three months starting June 11th, is being billed as the world’s first Windows® 8 Pro ultrabook-tablet with 4G functionality.

The Portégé Z10t is part of a new tablet hybrid which combines the best of both a tablet and a laptop computer, offering up 11.6 inch HD touchscreen , 4GM RAM and a 128GB hard disk along with extra USB ports and a HDMI connection.

Its main claim to fame is its 4G LTE functionality and detachable backlit keyboard which allows it to transform into a Windows 8 tablet.

‘The Portégé Z10t running on the Telstra Mobile Network is the perfect solution for people who don’t want to juggle multiple devices. The Portégé Z10t’s versatility as both a tablet and a powerful PC eliminates the compromises faced with other offerings in the market such as network speed, device performance and simply, the number of devices you need to carry,’ said Mark Whittard, Managing Director, Toshiba (Australia) Pty Limited.

Windows 8 operating system allows customers to integrate their Windows applications, such as email, calendars and Office documents, between their home, office and when they are on the move.

‘Consumers are, more than ever, using technology interchangeably at work or at home, for business and pleasure, and often tablets or PCs can’t provide the functionality needed for each purpose. This is why we developed the Portégé Z10t – to eradicate the choices and compromises and offer one device to suit every need,’ Mr Whittard added.

Anthea Roberts, Director Telstra Mobile Broadband, said this launch marks a new era in mobile products where a laptop and tablet come together with high-speed 4G connectivity.

The Portégé Z10t will be available on a range of Telstra consumer plans including $90 per month over 24 months which comes with 8GB of monthly data to use in Australia (minimum total cost: $2160). A beefier Core i5 version is also available for business users, with prices starting at $90 per month.

In addition, Telstra is offering a Portégé Z10t ‘Entertainer Max’ bundle, which includes 200GB of home broadband, 500MB of mobile broadband, a T-Box with Foxtel and home phone service for $185 a month. This works out to a minimum of $4499 over two years.

Customers on other 4G networks will able to get their hands on the device from October. Alternatively, you can buy the Z10t direct from Toshiba and its retail partners, with prices starting at $1199.

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