Toshiba launched its DynaPad 12-inch tablet computer at CES 2016, featuring a suite of the company's business applications, Windows 10 and a built-in Wacom TruPen that allows users to create pictures and text on the device for capture and inclusion in documents and emails.
The DynaPad is available immediately for preorders from Microsoft stores or Toshiba, and will retail for $570, according to an announcement by the company.
The digital inking capabilities of the Wacom TruPen are a highlight of the device, which is designed to give users the feel of putting ink on real paper as they create content on the device's screen, according to Toshiba.
The tablet runs on an Intel Atom x5 Z8300 processor and includes up to 4GB of RAM, up to 64GB of flash storage, an eight-megapixel auto-focus rear camera and a two-megapixel front-facing camera. It also features two micro USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot that supports up to 128GB cards and a micro High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port for connecting external devices. The tablet includes 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and dual-array TruTalk microphones for video chat use.
The device is built around a 12-inch Full HD+ (1,920 by 1,280) TruBrite display, which is configured to work well for handwriting inputs, according to Toshiba. To best replicate the natural feel of pen on paper, Toshiba uses two sheets of high-quality glass with a metal mesh sensor and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to create a display that depicts handwriting accurately.
The tablet is 0.27 inches thick and weighs 1.28 pounds. It has a carbon fiber body and a rubberized exterior finish that is designed to reduce flex and make it easy to carry and hold.
Also available is an optional thin, full-size keyboard, which is attached to the device by special magnets. The combined tablet and detachable keyboard can be used in a clam-shell configuration when needed, while the Wacom TruPen attaches easily to the side of the tablet for storage.
"Precision digital inking technology is the next frontier of truly personal computing," Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing for the digital products division of Toshiba America Information Systems, said in a statement. "Advances in engineering and pen technology have enabled us to create an amazingly thin and light tablet that's ideal for instant creativity while also offering the versatility to immediately transition to a clam-shell form factor for productivity."
The DynaPad also includes the latest versions of Toshiba's original business applications that enable users to collect, organize and share notes, images and files so they can also be integrated with Microsoft Office.
The applications include the TruNote handwriting app that lets users take notes, create drawings and more, as well as TruCapture, which lets users capture images and text from whiteboards, textbooks, newspapers and other sources for use in their documents. Also included is TruRecorder, a voice recording application for meetings, lectures and interviews, the TruNote Clip tool for capturing screen clips, and TruNote Share, which turns the tablet into a real-time whiteboard that can be shared with up to 40 people, according to Toshiba.