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

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" 1920×1080 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 1920×1080 model, and $1,299 for the version with a 3840×2160 display.

Ben Funk

Sega nerd and guitar lover

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    • Imperor
    • 5 years ago

    Those are some tiny inches! By my calculations the measurements in millimetres are 305×231. Thickness is correct though, so not even consistently tiny… But what can one expect from an archaic system such as the Imperial? 😉

    • Anovoca
    • 5 years ago

    I thought we were all in agreement to leave eggshell white computers behind in the 90s.

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    So many silly brand names for a plastic stylus.

    I’m not sure if Toshiba or Apple wins the prize for stupidest name. TruPen is clearly not a true pen. Apple’s Pencil is clearly not a pencil.

    • NeelyCam
    • 5 years ago

    Wow.$1170? Reading the specs, I expected the price to be less than half of that…

      • cygnus1
      • 5 years ago

      I was thinking about the same. Like maybe $600 or $700 max

        • NeelyCam
        • 5 years ago

        Indeed. Pit this against XPS 13 or XPS 12, and you have a massacre

        • Ninjitsu
        • 5 years ago

        You’re being generous. I was thinking $400.

          • mcnabney
          • 5 years ago

          The decent display, included keyboard, and Wacom active stylus adds a bit to the cost.

            • cygnus1
            • 5 years ago

            Not hundreds of dollars added. That’s an average display these days and the kb has no battery to make it expensive. The only thing even remotely special about this thing is it’s thinness and the Wacom digitizer. But it’s just not special enough to warrant a penny over $700.

      • Wildchild
      • 5 years ago

      $1,170 for a laptop with an atom processor – LMAO!

        • NeelyCam
        • 5 years ago

        Even with a Core M this would be overpriced.

        Seriously. What were they thinking…?

        • TruthSerum
        • 5 years ago

        WAT! My wallet for sale, $800.

        Anything could be in it!

      • mcnabney
      • 5 years ago

      Yeah, apparently Toshiba has the same dealer as MS. Putting a $1100 price tag on $350 worth of kit. The correct price for this is $500-600.

        • Klimax
        • 5 years ago

        Incorrect comparison.

      • Chrispy_
      • 5 years ago

      You were expecting the Wacom bit to be free, compared to a touchscreen, right?

      Wrong. Wacom are the kings of markup.

        • mcnabney
        • 5 years ago

        I considered 150 of the 350 estimate to be the Wacom addition.

      • sweatshopking
      • 5 years ago

      it’s a toshiba.

      • bhtooefr
      • 5 years ago

      And it looks like one of the designs that doesn’t have a real hinge, the tablet can just either use the keyboard as a cover, or be resting in it at one fixed position.

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