There’s a new 2-in-1 tablet coming to market from Toshiba, in collaboration with Microsoft.
The company recently introduced its newest dynaPad, a Windows 10 tablet. With boasts that dynaPad is not only a notebook but also can be held and written on the way people write on paper, this one’s for the note takers.
Although the device doesn’t exactly have the best specs on the market. Powered by a 1.44GHz Atom processor and coming with 4GB of RAM, there are better tablets out there. But it’s the dynaPad’s offer of superior note taking that will most likely be the device’s selling point.
A 12-inch, 1920×1280 IPS display is designed to resemble the size of an actual notebook. An anti-reflection coating is designed to make it easier to take notes and use the tablet anywhere, even outdoors. While another layer of anti-fingerprint coating cuts down on smears and marks caused by heavy stylus use and your hand dragging across the screen.
To offer a more fluid handwriting experience, dynaPad uses metal mesh sensor technology that is supposed to feel more like writing an actual paper. This is combined with a “high-precision” Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen.
TruPen, the companion stylus for the tablet, offers 2,048 levels of pressure that, according to Microsoft, accommodates your natural handwriting style. The company boasts, whether right- or left-handed, various angles for holding the pen and levels of pressure are accommodated to allow you to write how you normally would with pen on paper.
For portability, dynaPad is lightweight. It weighs about 1.3 pounds and is 6.6mm thick without its detachable keyboard. With the keyboard, you can expect about an extra pound, upping the tablet’s weight to around 2.2 pounds.
To go along with this “advanced” note taking ability, dynaPad includes Toshiba’s suite of business apps. TruNote, TruCapture and TruRecorder come pre-installed on the tablet. There are also two new apps included, TruNote Clip, which allows you to capture screen clips, and TruNote share, that shares your handwriting in real time.
To top things off, dyanPad’s note taking abilities are compatible with Microsoft Office and Edge. And since dynaPad is a Windows 10 tablet, users can benefit from Microsoft’s Cortana personal assistant and Continuum to move between your tablet and PC.
There has been no specific date given for dynaPad’s availability. Though pre-orders have already begun in Japan, interested parties in the U.S. and Europe will have to wait until the first quarter of 2016 for the tablet to hit the market.
Pricing has also been left a mystery, but according to speculation based on the Japanese price, you might expect to pay $1,000 or more.
In my initial reading I thought it would be a poor man’s Surface Pro 3, but then you mentioned the price and it now feels like a less powerful, Toshiba knock off. Pricing is going to be crucial for them.
I am personally a fan of white gadgets. I love how this can double as a tablet and a laptop. Loving the design.