Cast your mind back to early September, and you may recall that Microsoft showed off a brief glimpse of a sleek and extremely stylish Toshiba tablet at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Today, Microsoft formally introduced that device to the world as the Toshiba dynaPad, a high-end Windows 10 tablet that promises a more 'natural' note-taking experience.
The new dynaPad has a 12-inch IPS LCD with WUXGA+ (1920x1280px) resolution, featuring dual-layer anti-reflection and an anti-fingerprint coating - very useful on a device that's designed around the digital ink experience, given that writing on a display often leaves smears from where your hand rests on the glass.
The dynaPad comes with a Wacom Active Electrostatics TruPen, with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity, while the display itself is equipped with 'metal mesh sensor technology'. According to The Verge, Microsoft says that the pen and mesh combine to offer an experience that's intended to 'replicate the feeling of writing on paper with a real pen'.
Whether or not they succeeded in that goal remains to be seen, but there is evidence elsewhere of the thoughtfulness in Toshiba's design. The company's TruNote software, for example - which integrates with Microsoft's Office suite - features an interface that can be adapted to left- or right-handed usage. And of course, like Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets - which are also designed for those who like to write and draw on their devices - the dynaPad comes with its own detachable keyboard too.
The new tablet is far from a performance powerhouse - with a 1.44GHz Intel Atom processor and 4GB of RAM - but what it lacks in specs, it makes up for in style.
Indeed, the dynaPad is breathtakingly sleek; with a body that's just 6.6mm-thick and weighing 569g, it's thinner and lighter than Apple's upcoming iPad Pro (6.9mm / 713g), and Microsoft's recently-announced Surface Pro 4 (8.45mm / 766g). With the keyboard attached and closed, the total thickness increases to 14.9mm, and the weight goes up to just under 1kg.
The dynaPad will go on sale in the US and Europe in Q1 2016, but pre-orders have already opened in Japan, where Toshiba says it will cost under 130,000 JPY (roughly $1080 USD).