Toshiba has revealed the dynaPad, a Windows 10-powered productivity tablet aimed at replicating the feel of a notepad and pen.
It attempts to do so by pairing the 12in, 6.9mm-thick tablet with a Wacom Active Electro-Static stylus. Like the new Surface Pen set to launch with the competing Surface Pro 4 later this month, the Wacom stylus can apply 2,048 levels of pressure, potentially allowing more accurate differentiation between deep and shallow pen movements. Also like the Surface Pro 4, the dynaPad’s pen magnetically clips onto its side when not in use.
The tablet itself, which sports a 1920×1080 resolution, iPad Pro-beating 569g weight and anti-fingerprint and anti-reflection coatings, also works with a dedicated keyboard attachment. Its laptop-style keys have a 19mm pitch and 1.5mm stroke, with the tablet locking in via additional magnets. The dynaPad will launch in Europe in the first quarter of 2016.
Despite clear comparisons, and its inevitable competition, with the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft has declared its support for the dynaPad. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, joined Toshiba in unveiling the 2-in-1 at an event in Taiwan last night.
“Microsoft is proud to work closely with Toshiba and excited about the new line up of Windows 10 devices,” Myerson said.
“Windows 10 is the best Windows ever, and Toshiba’s highly anticipated dynaPad, with its support for Continuum, ultra-thin and lightweight design and advanced note-taking technology, will empower people to do great things.”
Continuum is a new feature in Windows 10 that adapts the operating system’s UI to a touchscreen- or desktop-optimised layout. It is capable of doing so near-instantly, which fits well with convertible and 2-in-1 devices that can be used as a tablet or a laptop, such as the dynaPad.
Toshiba’s announcement sees the firm join a growing enterprise tablet market. Apple is set to launch the iPad Pro later this autumn, while Dell’s XPS 12 and an unnamed tablet from Samsung are also on the way.