Toshiba’s 12.5 inch convertible Satellite Radius 12 isn’t the company’s only new 2-in-1 Windows PC. The company also introduced a new dynaPad tablet in Japan.
The tablet has a 12 inch display and a detachable keyboard dock. But it’s stand-out feature is probably its support for pen input. The Toshiba dynaPad comes with a Wacom Active Electrostatics TruePen with support for 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
By comparison, the new Microsoft Surface Pro tablet has a digitizer and pen that supports 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. I suspect casual users won’t notice much difference when scribbling hand-written notes, but this could make the Toshiba dynaPad a better option for artists.
The tablet has a 1920 x 1280 pixel IPS display with a dual-layer coat of anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint material.
The dynaPad weighs about 1.25 pounds, while the tablet and keyboard combined weigh in at about 2.2 pounds.
Microsoft says the dynaPad goes up for pre-order in Japan today, but it’ll also be available in the US and Europe in the first quarter of 2016 (although I suspect it might have a different name — Toshiba tends to use the “dyna” name in Japan, while labeling its international products with names like “Satellite”).
Other features include an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, a microSD card slot, micro HDMI port, and two micro USB ports. You might want to take the specs with a grain of salt though, since Toshiba’s spec sheet also says the tablet has an Atom x5-Z8300 processor… which only supports up to 2GB of RAM.
Hopefully that means by the time the tablet ships Toshiba will update the spec sheet to show that the tablet has a more powerful processor rather than less RAM than expected.
Well this can’t compete with Surface Book!
Do a Web search for “lost TruNote software” or “lost TruCapture”. Toshiba provides no reinstallation support for any of the “TruApps” in its custom suite, first introduced with the Toshiba Encore 2 Write tablets. If a user loses one or more of these apps, whether through a “clean” Windows install or reset, drive failure, or file corruption, Toshiba provides no method for getting them back short of returning the device to its original OEM condition, using $39.95 Toshiba recovery media. Users purchase these apps right along with their devices, and a loss of the apps severely decreases the usefulness and worth of the devices, so Toshiba’s refusal to provide installation files for the apps can be viewed as a form of theft. Complaints about this issue have gone as far as the Federal Trade Commission.
For students and businesspersons especially, Toshiba’s suite of TruApps will be a major selling point for the new DynaPad, just as it was for the Encore 2 Write tablets. Both before and after the DynaPad comes to market, do your readers a favor and tell them about the solid wall of Toshiba indifference they will face if they lose their TruNote, TruCapture, and TruRecorder apps.
Do they give a price for this?
I found it: 151,200 yen or about $1200 USD
Keep in mind, computers just about always cost more in Japan than the US. But that does still seem pretty high for a system with a Cherry Trail chip.
“Microsoft says the dynaPad goes up for pre-order in Japan today…” You meant Toshiba says…right?
Another coffee over here please!
Nope. Click the link and you’ll see an announcement from the Microsoft Blog. I’m not sure if Toshiba’s site says much of anything about the US availability, because Google Translate only takes me so far.
My bad…Coffee over here instead please! (I got a piece of home made red velvet cake..:-)
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