Toshiba announced today it would realease a new line of notebooks in Japan with a rewritable HD DVD drive. The Qosmio Series 2 will be offered with either a 17- or 15.4-inch screen complete with built-in TV tuner. Other standard features are 2GB memory and either a 2.2-GHz Core 2 Duo T7500 processor or a 2-GHz Core 2 Duo T7250 chip depending on the model and Windows Home Premium. No lightweights, the 17-inch model tips the scales at 10.6 pounds while the samller model weighs 7.7 pounds. With the bulit-in tuners, users will be able to record TV shows and video onto a DVD. Toshib is the major force behind the HD DVD format. The 17-inch model, called the Qosmio G40/97E, is expected to sell for about $3,500, while the 15.4-inch version, called the F40/88EBL, will be priced at about $2,600.