Toshiba showcased its ultra-thin dynaPad tablet in September, 2015, at IFA in Berlin, Germany, and then formally introduced it in mid-October. At the International CES 2016, the company finally revealed that the dynaPad will hit the U.S. market later this month. Toshiba says that its new 12-inch tablet is among the thinnest Windows 10-based devices of such kind.

The Toshiba dynaPad tablet features a 12-inch display with 1920×1280 resolution, which is covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 as well as with a special anti-fingerprint coating. The device is equipped with Toshiba’s active electrostatics (ES) stylus with Wacom Feel technology that supports 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity. The digitizer pen can last for more than 1000 hours on one charge and can be used for note taking, sketching and drawing. In addition, Toshiba offers a special keyboard dock for its dynaPad, which can be used to convert the slate into a laptop.

The dynaPad tablet from Toshiba uses Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and is based on the Intel Atom x5 Z8300 system-on-chip (four cores, 2MB cache, 1.44 GHz – 1.84 GHz clock-rate, built-in Intel HD Graphics core with 12 execution units, 2 W thermal design power, 14 nm process technology). The SoC of the dynaPad is similar to that used by Microsoft’s Surface 3, but it runs at a lower frequency and thus has lower performance.

Toshiba’s dynaPad also comes with up to 4 GB of DDR3L RAM, up to 64 GB of NAND flash storage, Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technologies, a 2 MP front-facing and an 8 MP back-facing cameras, various sensors and so on. The dynaPad sports two micro USB 2.0 ports, a microSD card slot and a micro HDMI port for connecting to external displays. Toshiba yet has to reveal precise specifications and configurations of its dynaPad.

The new tablet from Toshiba weighs 580 grams (1.28 pounds) and measures about 6.9 mm (0.27 inch) thin. When the keyboard is attached, the weight increases to around 1000 grams (2.2 pounds). Toshiba has not released precise details about battery life of its new tablet.

Toshiba plans to start selling its dynaPad online and at Microsoft Stores in late January. The most affordable version will cost $569.99.

The Toshiba dynaPad looks like a relatively powerful solution for various tasks usually performed on tablets. It has a fine 12-inch display and comes with a digitizer pen. By contrast, Microsoft’s Surface 3 sports a 10.1-inch screen and does not come with a stylus (it has to be bought separately). Moreover, Toshiba’s tablet is also thinner and lighter than Microsoft’s Surface 3. In fact, thickness is the dynaPad is similar to that of Apple’s iPad Pro, which also has a 12-inch display, but the latter weighs considerably more (713 grams, 1.572 pounds).

Even though Toshiba has been trying to refocus its PC business and concentrate on business and enterprise customers, it continues to release consumer devices that look very interesting, at least, on paper. The dynaBook with its rather low weight, relatively low price, advanced stylus and decent capabilities looks like a viable rival not only for Microsoft’s Surface 3, but also for Apple’s iPad Air and iPad Pro.

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  • Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    $600 for something that cant even handle DOTA2 on medium...
  • Flunk - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    I hear that you can't play DOTA 2 on a $45,000 Lexus either.
  • groundhogdaze - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    DOTA2 wasn't designed to be played using a touchscreen and pen. Is there another slate device at this price and form factor that does DOTA2 well that you had in mind?

    On another note, I wonder if whoever named this device was a fan of the Sid and Marty Krofft shows -- Electra Woman and DynaPad...
  • digiguy - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Very interesting windows tablet, light enough to be held comfortably with one hand, but as large as the surface pro 3...
  • digiguy - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    "dynaPad is similar to that of Apple’s iPad Pro, which also has a 12-inch display," come one, ipad pro is not 12 inches, but 12.9 which is almost a inch more. Put it side by side with a SP3 and you will notice the difference. I really don't understand how one can approximate 12.9 to 12 instead of 13....
  • Lonyo - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Also it's a different aspect ratio which means there's a more significantly different screen area.

    12" at 16:9 is 61.5" square.
    12.9" at 4:3 is 79.9" square, or nearly 30% more.

    In terms of shape, the 12" 16:9 is almost exactly the same width as the 4:3, but only 70% of the height. Completely different beasts.
  • Lonyo - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link
  • digiguy - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Dynapad is 3:2, not 16:9, but still, the difference is noticeable. I have both the SP3 and the Ipad pro and the ipad pro larger and more square screen is noticeably bigger when displaying documents (that's precisely why I bought it, I wanted a larger, more square tablet for vertical use)
  • ingwe - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    Seems like a neat device. I wish storage would go up to 256 GB though.

    Also, I wish mini display port would have been standardized on by everyone. I can't stand mini HDMI (though not really for any good reason other than that it seemed like mini display port was the only thing used until not long ago).
  • taisingera - Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - link

    No usb 3.0. Or usb-c and $569 for an atom tablet? No way!

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