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article imageToshiba to 'reinvent pen and paper' with a unique Windows tablet

By James Walker     Oct 13, 2015 in Technology
Toshiba hosted a major device launch in Japan today that included a Windows 10 tablet design that aims to "reinvent" writing on pen and paper. The two-in-one convertible includes a keyboard dock and precision stylus, rivalling Microsoft's Surface.
The unveiling was part of Microsoft's joint work with its most recognised Windows hardware partners. Continuing into the next few weeks, members of the Windows team are taking to the stage at events hosted by companies including HP, Asus, Dell and Acer to reveal the new laptops and tablets they have been building.
Today, it was Toshiba's turn. Microsoft says it has worked with the brand in several ways that have allowed it to "truly differentiate the Toshiba and Windows 10 experience," culminating in today's launch of the dynaPad.
Designed as an ultra-thin and light note-taking device, dynaPad features a 12-inch Full HD display in a chassis with a thickness of just 6.9mm. Combined with a weight of 569g, the dynaPad claims the title of thinnest and lightest 12-inch Windows tablet ever built.
It is powered by a 1.44GHz Intel Atom processor paired with 4GB of RAM. That won't be setting any new standards for performance but the configuration will be easily capable of powering the work that Toshiba is clear dynaPad has been built for. The company says it is "designed to encourage creativity and enhance productivity" with a keyboard that lets you "make the most of Microsoft Office."
That keyboard is held at a 19mm pitch when in use, creating a typing experience similar to that of a desktop computer. It attaches using magnets and features 1.5mm of key travel to improve the accuracy of typing.
The Toshiba dynaPad  announced 13/10/2015
The Toshiba dynaPad, announced 13/10/2015
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The Wacom stylus can be clipped to the side of the display when not in use. It uses Wacom active electrostatics technology to detect 2,048 different pressure levels, making realistic ink flows and accurate representation of individual writing styles possible.
It can be used for drawing, writing, doodling or just scribbling notes in a variety of supporting apps, including several preinstalled ones made by Toshiba. The company says it provides out-of-the-box support for "catching and communicating the content required as a user goes throughout their day."
The dynaPad name was first used by Toshiba right back in 1993. Its 2015 revival is a very different device to the clunky "tablet" of yester-year and one that throws yet another option into the quickly-growing market of "tablets that can replace your laptop," headed up by the Microsoft Surface Pro.
The Toshiba dynaPad  announced 13/10/2015
The Toshiba dynaPad, announced 13/10/2015
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Pricing and availability of the dynaPad have yet to be announced but it should launch in Japan this December and in the U.S. and Europe from early 2016. Based on the hardware specifications inside, it looks as though the dynaPad will undercut the Surface Pro 4 on price while retaining the option of a keyboard and stylus.
Toshiba also announced a new convertible laptop today, the 12.5-inch Satellite Radius 12. It represents the company's flagship Windows 10 device boasting a 4K display, selection of sixth-generation Intel Skylake processors and support for Windows Hello facial recognition on the login screen. The Satellite Radius 12 will start at $999.99 for a 1080p display or $1299.99 for the top-spec 4K panel.
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