Toshiba Unveils Thin and Light DynaPad Tablet

With a thickness of 0.27 inches, a weight of just 1.25 pounds and a precision stylus pen, the DynaPad reinvents pen and paper, according to Toshiba.

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Toshiba's latest tablet computer, the DynaPad, is a thin and light machine that comes with a precision stylus pen and an optional attachable keyboard.

The 12-inch DynaPad, which was announced by Toshiba on Oct. 13, is only 0.27 inches thick and weighs just 1.25 pounds—both without the optional keyboard. The company is touting the new device as having a "truly natural and fluid handwriting experience [that] feels like writing with pen on paper" due to its thin and spare design.

The DynaPad (pictured with detachable keyboard) runs on Windows 10 and will be available in the United States in the first quarter of 2016. Pricing for the new machine has not yet been announced.

The new tablet will feature a 12-inch diagonal WUXGA+ (1,920-by-1,280) IPS display that can be viewed even from an angle, as well as dual-layer anti-reflection and anti-fingerprint coatings to help viewers read its screen even in bright light and to keep the display clean.

The DynaPad has a rigid monocoque carbon body coated with a rubberized Satin Gold finish that will be easy to hold, according to Toshiba. The optional ultra-thin full-size keyboard is attached by magnets and can be folded over to cover the tablet.

To give the machine its paper and pen feel, it incorporates metal mesh sensor technology and a high-performance, high-precision Wacom Active Electrostatics (ES) TruPen stylus pen that has 2,048 levels of pressure for users, according to the company. That wide range of pressure options for using the stylus pen means that users can maintain their natural writing style while they make notes, annotate documents, doodle or draw on the device, said Toshiba. The included TruPen attaches to the side of the tablet when not in use.

Also included with the new DynaPad are updated versions of Toshiba's suite of original business applications, such as TruNote, TruCapture and TruRecorder, TruNote Clip and TruNote Share. The Toshiba suite integrates with Microsoft Office, making it seamless for users to share content created on the machine.

"This tablet is designed to enable everyone to quickly capture information, effectively organize ideas and better express themselves," Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing for Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division, said in a statement. "Combining an ultra-thin, pen-capable tablet with Toshiba's suite of productivity applications plus the versatility of Windows 10, we are closer to achieving the vision: truly personal computers that act as a complete medium for learning and expression."

Toshiba has been building tablets for some time, including its earlier Excite and Thrive models, according to an earlier eWEEK report.