The next generation of Intel’s Core processors may not have been officially announced, but Toshiba is getting things started with an announcement in America detailing laptops taking advantage of the new chips, as well as faster and bigger tablets coming in 2012 too.

First up is a new Satellite laptop from Toshiba offering the 3rd generation Intel Core processing technology, known as Ivy Bridge. The Satellite P800 will come in three versions, spanning 14 inch, 15.6 inch, and 17.3 inch display sizes. Each model will come with USB 3.0 ports, Nvidia GeForce graphics, and an aluminium body.

The Toshiba Qosmio... now with aluminium and a glowing red logo.

Toshiba’s gaming computers receive a refresh too, with the Qosmio updated for Intel’s latest processors. The Qosmio X875 will run on 3rd generation Intel Core processors, Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M graphics with 3GB RAM, and feature a 17.3 inch screen that will arrive in either 1600×900 or Full HD 3D.  Up to two terabytes of storage are on offer in the laptop with four USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and Harman/Kardon speakers. Like the Satellite P800 series, the new Qosmio will feature an aluminium chassis.

Using aluminium as a body material is a welcome change for a company known for relying mostly on plastic, but not all the laptops will be receiving the metal chassis.

The Satellite L800 series will take advantage of Ivy Bridge chips, but feature plastic bodies in a variety of colours, while offering the raised island key keyboards and a budget price tag. AMD chips could also feature in these machines, though it’s unknown whether Australia will see AMD-based models.

Not all of Toshiba's laptops will feature aluminium bodies. Some, like the L800, will still be plastic.

It’s not just laptops, though, as Toshiba seeks to take more of the tablet market with three more models that will probably replace the current AT200 10 inch and AT1S0 7 inch tablets available in Australia.