Toshiba Qosmio F755 glasses-free 3D laptop priced $1699, release date on August 16th

Toshiba announced Wednesday that in just a few more weeks laptop buyers in the U.S. will be able to buy a glasses-free 3D laptop, when the Japanese computer makers Toshiba Qosmio F755 is launched on August 16th. Toshiba showed off the Qosmio F755, its glasses-free 3D notebook, at CES, but today the company revealed more details about the system, including its starting price–$1,699.The Toshiba Qosmio F755, which seems to be mostly a rebranded launch of the F750, offers up a 15.6 inch display that will allow for 3D presentations without glasses. And this display is backed up by a pretty robust hardware package in its own right, like an Intel Core i7 processor, a 750 gig hard drive, fully six gigs of RAM, a Blu-ray drive and a GeForce GT 540M graphics processor. This is actually almost identical to the F750, but the hard drive does seem to have been boosted a bit from the original of 640 gig.

At the starting price of $1,699 the 15.6-inch Toshiba Qosmio F755 offers features that befit only a multimedia machine. The base version of this laptop comes supplied with a Intel Core i7-2630QM quad-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M 1GB dedicated GPU, a Blu-ray writer and player with 3D Blu-ray playback, 6GB of DDR3 RAM, and a 750GB hard drive (5400RPM). The only downside is the 3D display is only HD 1366-by-768 resolution and the 2D screen option is full HD 1920-by-1080 resolution.

Glasses-free 3D, also called autostereoscopic 3D, is definitely the future of 3D, and this is, along with the Nintendo 3DS, one of the first serious attempts at using it in a consumer product. The Qosmio F755 still has a few hurdles to jump, however. While in 3D mode, the maximum resolution drops to 1,366×768 pixels, and for now, the system only works with 3D Blu-ray Discs and downloaded 3D video content. Streaming 3D content, such as the movies available from Vudu, won’t work, nor will games, although Toshiba says it’s working with Nvidia to add a gaming update this fall (Toshiba already has a laptop that uses Nvidia’s active shutter 3D Vision glasses, the Qosmio X775).

The notebook will be able to play 3D content such as Blu-rays, and even upscales 2D content (including Blu-rays) to 3D. At the moment, though, the F755 can’t convert games to 3D on the fly, but Toshiba said it’s working with Nvidia to deliver the appropriate drivers by November. As it has a Blu-ray burner, consumers will also be able to author high-def content and output it to an optical disc.

While this won’t be able to convert your 2D games into full on 3D right out of the box, which is a crying shame, there’s word that Toshiba and Nvidia are actually working on systems to do just that, and they expect to be able to deliver that feature in time for Thanksgiving, or, this November.

Here is the main specs of Toshiba Qosmio F755:

Check out the hand-on video here,