Toshiba Teases Surface-Like DynaPad 2-in-1

14 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Toshiba’s DynaPad is the latest Windows 10-powered Surface clone.

Toshiba described the DynaPad, which shares the same name as a device the firm released in 1993, as the thinnest Windows 10 tablet to date at 6.6mm, but this increases to 14.9mm when the Surface-style keyboard is attached.Toshiba has just announced a new Windows 10 convertible called the DynaPad, that shares more than a passing resemblance to the Microsoft Surface — but it’s lighter, thinner and likely a good bet for anyone who needs to use a stylus.

The Japanese company’s new DynaPad — a Windows 10 two-in-one officially announced today after a prototype appeared at IFA 2015 last month — joins a market flooded with tablet-sized touchscreen devices. Its screen resolution is WUXGA+, so a little larger than Full HD (1920 x 1280), and it comes with an anti-reflection coating so is created to be clear in ambient lighting conditions. But when it comes to the touchscreen, the real selling point is the bundled Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen, which offers 2,048 levels of pressure and works with Microsoft’s pre-installed Office and Edge software, along with Toshiba’s own, too. But even though, like many of its peers, it looks a lot like Microsoft’s own Surface, with a thin design, keyboard dock, and 12-inch display, Toshiba says its new DynaPad has some of its own unique features. Clearly not fussed about the DynaPad’s similarities to the latest Surface tablet, Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Windows devices, said: “Microsoft is proud to work closely with Toshiba and excited about the new line up of Windows 10 devices. “Windows 10 is the best Windows ever, and Toshiba’s highly anticipated DynaPad, with its support for Continuum, ultra-thin and lightweight design and advanced note-taking technology, will empower people to do great things.” The Toshiba DynaPad isn’t as highly specced as its Surface Pro 4 rival, according to The Verge, which said that the device includes a 1.44GHz Intel Atom processor and 4GB of RAM.

Toshiba claims that the hardware replicates the feeling of writing on paper with a real pen — which is likely a bit of a stretch, but Wacom’s stylus is certainly one of the best there is. Without its keyboard, the tablet weighs 569 grams and measures 6.6 millimeters deep; with the keyboard, those figures increase to just 996 grams and 14.9 millimeters. Those notes are recorded on a 1920 x 1280 IPS display that’s been fitted with dual layers of anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint coating to stop you leaving dirty handprints as you write. Following Microsoft, Dell unveiled its latest XPS line up last week, while HP showed off the Spectre X2, yet another Surface clone with a built-in kickstand and Skylake processors. µ

There’s no word yet on exactly how much it will cost when it does hit stores in the west, but Toshiba says that before tax, it’ll cost less than ¥130,000 (around $1,080) when it launches in Japan in December.

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