Telstra and Toshiba launch world's first 4G Windows 8 Ultrabook-tablet

Media Release, 31 May 2013

Australians will be able to enjoy the convenience of a single 4G device following the launch of the Toshiba detachable Ultrabook - the Portégé Z10t which doubles as a laptop or tablet, on the Telstra Mobile Network.

The new Portégé Z10t is Australia’s first Windows® 8 Pro tablet with built-in 4G connectivity and is available exclusively through Telstra for three months from launch on 11 June. The Portégé Z10t comes with a detachable backlit keyboard dock and a powerful Intel processor, which makes it a convenient Ultrabook computer that transforms easily into a tablet.

The Portégé Z10t ensures people can get connected at home, in the office or on the road. The 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. The use of Intel processing power combined with 4GB RAM and a 128GB solid state drive means performance as not been compromised.

“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.

“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 said.

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 represents an exciting new era in mobile products for Telstra. The convergence of the tablet and laptop meets the growing demand for mobile devices that keep customers both productive and entertained. “

“Combining Australia’s largest and most reliable mobile network with Toshiba’s unique Portégé Z10t continues Telstra’s mission to provide innovative and practical technology solutions to customers for personal and business use.”

The Toshiba Portégé Z10t is Telstra’s 29th 4G LTE product and comes just days after Telstra switched on its 1,500th 4G base station. Telstra provides Australia’s largest 4Gcoverage and is on track to extend its 4G coverage to 66 per cent of the Australian population by the end of next month.

Models and plans

Telstra is offering customers two options when purchasing the Toshiba Portégé Z10t.

The Portégé Z10t with Intel Celeron chip is perfect for use in and out of the home. The kids can take it in the car to watch their favorite movies and when Mum or Dad need to get some work done they can connect the keyboard and switch on 4G to work like they are at the office, acessing their emails, contacts and Outlook calendar seemlessly.

The Portégé Z10t is available on a range of consumer tablet plans including for $90 per month (including $50 Tablet Plan and $40 device payment after MRO bonus) which comes with 8GB of data to use in Australia per month (0.61c/MB) for 24 months. Minumum cost $2,160.

The Toshiba Portégé Z10t is also available with a Telstra Bundle. Customers can bundle the Z10t with the Telstra Entertainer Max bundle, which includes 200 GB of home internet, 500MB of mobile broadband to use in Australia (excess usage 10c/MB), T-Box, Foxtel on T-Box Get Started package, home phone call inclusions such as local and national calls to standard fixed line numbers (excluding 13 numbers) and calls to standard Australian mobiles, and discounted international calls for $185 per month over 24 months. Minimum cost $4,499, including a $59 activation fee for new Telstra home broadband customers. Service is not available in all areas and service qualification checks apply.

The Toshiba Portégé Z10t with Intel i5 processor is perfect for business people on the go and lets customers access email, cloud-hosted applications and documents at speeds typically reserved for the office. As a tablet it provides an easy way to look up webpages and share multimedia content on customer visits.

The Protégé Z10t is available on a range of Business tablet plans including $90 per month (including $50 Mobile Broadband Business plan and $40 device payment after MRO bonus) which comes with 8GB data to use in Australia per month (0.61c/MB). Minimum cost $2,160. Business customers can also take up Microsoft Office 365 with the Portégé Z10t via for $7.90 per month over 24 months. Minimum cost $189.60.