Toshiba has announced the launch of three new Portégé M700 tablet PCs in the UK.

The company says these new models "come equipped with a blend of different computing technologies to provide unrivalled choice at the tablet end of the laptop market".

Toshiba's M700 models operate with a digitised pen for accurate ink annotations, as well as the touch-sensitive display that allows direct fingertip control to enable fast and effective note taking as well as easy system navigation.

"Highly accurate" handwriting recognition is promised with the inclusion of Microsoft Office OneNote 2007. The touchscreen can also be used as a virtual mouse with the Windows Vista Touch Pointer.

All new models are powered by the new 45nm "Penryn" Intel Core 2 Duo processors. The M700-3G13B also supports 3G HSDPA mobile broadband connectivity.

The entry-level M700-13A includes a 120GB of hard disk drive memory, while the M700-139 offers 3GB memory as standard as well as a 1.3MP integrated webcam.

Each Portégé M700 model ships with a choice of Windows Vista Business or XP professional, both of which offer tablet PC support.

All have a 12-inch digitised touch-screen WXGA display and Intel GMA graphics technology. A DVD SuperMulti drive is included across the range.

Specification details for the new Portégé M700 models are as follows:

PORTÉGÉ M700-13A

- Intel Centrino processor technology with Intel Core 2 Duo processor T8100 (2.1GHz)
- Windows Vista Business or XP professional editions (tablet support)
- 2 x 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 120GB hard disk drive
- 12-inch digitised touch-screen WXGA display
- DVD-Super-Multi optical disk drive (Dual Layer)
- Intel GMA X3100 graphics technology

The typical purchase price of the M700-13A is £999 (excl. VAT).

PORTÉGÉ M700-139

- Intel Centrino processor technology with Intel Core 2 Duo processor T8100 (2.1GHz)
- Windows Vista Business or XP professional editions (tablet support)
- 2 x 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 160GB hard disk drive
- 12-inch digitised touch-screen WXGA display
- DVD-Super-Multi optical disk drive (Dual Layer)
- Intel GMA X3100 graphics technology
- 1.3MP integrated webcam

The typical purchase price of the M700-139 is £1149 (excl. VAT).

PORTÉGÉ M700-3G13B

- Intel Centrino processor technology with Intel Core 2 Duo processor T8100 (2.1GHz)
- Windows Vista Business or XP professional editions (tablet support)
- 2 x 1GB DDR2 RAM
- 120GB hard disk drive
- 12-inch digitised touch-screen WXGA display
- DVD-Super-Multi optical disk drive (Dual Layer)
- Intel GMA X3100 graphics technology (HSDPA)

The typical purchase price of the M700-13A is £1099 (excl. VAT).