Panasonic is showing off an ultrabook with an 11.6 inch display and Windows 8 operating system at CEATEC in Japan this week. It’s due to go on sale in Japan later this month, and while the computer looks like a thin and light notebook at first glance, it can also be used as a tablet or a touchscreen desktop-style PC.

That’s because the Panaonic AX series ultrabook has a touchscreen display which you can push back 360 degrees so that the screen faces out when the lid is closed.

Panasonic AX Series ultrabook

You can also fold the screen at a 270 degree angle and prop it up on a table or desk to use the computer like an all-in-one desktop.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this sort of design. Lenovo showed off the IdeaPad Yoga with 360-degree hinge at CES in January.

Engadget reports that the Panasonic AX Series will have a 1366 x 768 pixel display, a choice of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chips, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB solid state disk. The laptop has a removable battery, and a range of ports including 2 USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, VGA,audio, Ethernet, and a microSD card slot.

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One reply on “Panasonic introduces Windows 8 hybrid ultrabook for Japan”

  1. Are the keys and mouse disabled when it’s folded 360 degrees? Also, I’m not sure I’d want the keys touching a dirty table or my lint full sweats, haha.

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