Toshiba's Portégé X20W convertible notebook turns heads

Device manufacturers seem convinced that consumers want their gadgets thin and light above all else. Toshiba's new 2-in-1 convertible PC, the Portégé X20W, definitely follows this trend. Judging from Microsoft's announcement of the device barely ahead CES, however, this might be a Windows 10 Pro device that offers portability with very little compromise.

The Portégé X20W has a 360° dual-action hinge that lets the device switch conveniently from notebook to tablet mode. As it's only 15.4-mm thick and weighs less than 2.5 lbs, the Portégé X20W should be portable enough to be used as a tablet, but still capable of doing the kind of work that's expected of a notebook. The 12.5" touchscreen display has a resolution of 1920x1080 and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Toshiba hasn't indicated the display's panel type, but does make bold claims about its wide viewing angles, so we'd wager it's definitely not a TN model.

So what kind of hardware comes packaged inside this durable magnesium chassis? Toshiba powers the Portégé X20W with a 7th generation Intel Core processor. The company claims that the machine's slim battery can keep the juice flowing for almost 16 hours—easily long enough for a busy workday or two. For storage purposes, Toshiba added an unidentified SSD.

The Portégé X20W isn't lacking in the connectivity department, with an Intel 802.11ac Wi-Fi adapter, a USB-Type-C port, a USB 3.0 connector, and a headphone jack. The USB Type-C port is Thunderbolt-enabled and can deliver power and serve as a display connector. The Portégé X20W is also compatible with Toshiba's WiGig dock and a Thunderbolt 3 Dock which Toshiba says will be available in the next few months.

Other goodies include Harman Kardon stereo speakers, an included fine-tip TruPen, and multi-directional microphones for chatting with Cortana. We don't know the pricing or availability yet, but we do know that the Portégé X20W will be in the Microsoft store.

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