Toshiba's dynaPad follows in the Surface's pen strokes

— 8:21 AM on October 13, 2015

Many PC manufacturers seem to be building Surface-alikes these days. Toshiba's take on the formula is the dynaPad, a Windows 10 convertible tablet with a Wacom active stylus and Intel's Cherry Trail SoCs inside.

Toshiba includes a keyboard dock and a Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen that can register 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The tablet is 12" wide by 9.1" long and a mere 0.27" thick (299 x 203 x 6.9 mm), which might explain its seven-hour battery life. With the keyboard attached, the thickness increases to 0.6" (14.9 mm). Unfortunately, there's no extra battery in the keyboard.

The brain behind the dynaPad is a quad-core Atom x5-Z8300 SoC fed by 4GB of DDR3L-1600 memory. Toshiba has outfitted the dynaPad with 64GB of flash storage, and a 128GB upgrade is available. Storage can also be expanded with a micro SD card. For connectivity, the dynaPad includes Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Those guts sit behind a 12" 1920x1080 IPS display.

The dynaPad isn't available stateside yet—that won't happen until the first quarter of 2016. It's available for preorder in Japan for 140,000 yen, or about $1,170. 

Toshiba has also unveiled the Satellite Radius 12 today, which Microsoft touts as one of the first Windows Hello notebooks. This machine uses an infrared camera for unlocking the device using facial recognition. This 12.5" notebook will start at $999 for the 1920x1080 model, and $1,299 for the version with a 3840x2160 display.

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