Toshiba Debuts DynaPad, a Lighter, Thinner Surface-Like Device
Could a lighter, thinner hybrid laptop/tablet offer computer users the best of both worlds? Toshiba is betting its new two-in-one DynaPad, designed specifically to take advantage of Windows 10, will fit the bill.
Announced today, the DynaPad comes with a detachable keyboard, meaning that it can function as both a traditional laptop and a standalone tablet. Many of its features are relatively ordinary, such as its Atom processor and only 4 gigabytes of memory. But Toshiba is counting on the fact that users will be satisfied with its versatility as the DynaPad is not just a traditional laptop but a digital note taker and image creator as well.
Getting Closer to a True Hybrid
We reached out to Jan Dawson, chief analyst at Jackdaw Research, who told us he found the DynaPad’s form factor intriguing for a couple of reasons. For one thing, Microsoft’s Surface Pro and other hybrid devices haven’t lived up to the promise of bringing together the best of a tablet and laptop in one device. "These devices still end up being better as one or the other, and typically aren't optimized for either use case," according to Dawson.
The new Toshiba DynaPad as well as Microsoft’s Surface Book, which debuted last week, reflect a shift in emphasis by manufacturers, and seem closer to giving users fully-functional laptops that happen to include serviceable tablets as well, said Dawson.
"The reality is, though, that what we're seeing here is continued experimentation with new models, and no one knows what people will actually end up buying," he said. "But it does look as though Windows 10 is making some interesting new models possible, and that, in turn, is leading to some real innovation, which this space badly needs."
The DynaPad’s 12-inch screen displays at 1920 by 1280 pixels and offers both anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint coating. It comes with an ultra-thin keyboard dock and a high-precision pen, a combination that’s meant to simulate the feeling of writing on paper with a pen, according to Toshiba. Microsoft also played up that fact in a blog post yesterday. The pen offers 2,048 levels of pressure, promising a high level of accuracy whether the user is writing or drawing or is right-handed or left-handed, according to Microsoft.
A bundled suite of apps allows users to gather, organize and share notes, images and files. You can also capture screen shots and share your handwriting in real time. Toshiba's suite also integrates with Microsoft Office for editing files and documents. The hybrid also comes with Cortana, Continuum and Xbox One Game Streaming capability.
The DynaPad is scheduled for release in the United States and Europe in the first quarter of 2016. The device can be pre-ordered beginning today in Japan, where it will be available in December for about 130,000 yen, or roughly $1,080.
Posted: 2015-10-13 @ 6:21pm PT
$1080 for an atom? what planet do they live on? chinese websites already offer Core M, with much better resolution and display form factor for less than $500