Toshiba today announced its new business-class 2-in-1 convertible notebook, the Portegé X20W. This 12.5-inch device has a 360-degree hinge, allowing it to quickly convert between notebook and tablet modes.
A Premium 12.5-inch Convertible Notebook
The Portegé X20W is relatively trim for a 12.5-inch convertible at 2.5 pounds and just 0.6 inches thick. Compare that to the just-announced Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370, which is 3.17 pounds and 0.7 inches, although it has a larger 13.3-inch screen. The X20W also does well against the just-announced Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, which is 2.7 pounds, though a shade trimmer at 0.54 inches. The X20W’s magnesium casing likely helps it keep the weight down.
Internally, the Portegé X20W sports Intel’s new “Kaby Lake” Core-series processor, expected for this class of convertible. Toshiba claims up to 16 hours of battery life, an hour longer than the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1. The system’s other specs haven’t been disclosed, but we can speculate it will likely have 8GB of RAM at the minimum, solid-state-drive (SSD) storage, and integrated graphics. The press release mentions Windows 10 Pro as the operating system.
The X20W’s 12.5-inch FHD touch display is covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 4, but interestingly enough is listed as having an anti-glare surface. This is to enhance the “pen and paper” feel of a stylus. Toshiba mentions its Wacom-based TruPen in the X20W’s press release, but didn’t explicitly state whether the stylus was included with the device. It also wasn’t stated whether there is a slot in the X20W itself for the stylus, or if it has to be carried separately. The display panel will likely use IPS technology for wide viewing angles.
The 360-degree hinge on the back of the unit is what gives the X20W the flexibility of transforming into five different modes, similar to the Lenovo Yoga 910. Toshiba calls the five modes as follows: laptop, tablet, tabletop, presentation, and audience. The screen can be folded back 270 degrees, and the laptop placed upside down for the presentation mode; or, folded in the same way, but with the keyboard facing downward for a more stable surface in audience mode.
Unique features of this convertible include its “SecurePad”, a touchpad with a Synaptics fingerprint sensor built-in. It also has a pair of IR cameras for facial recognition functionality with Windows Hello biometric sign-in. Its built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is yet another security feature.
The Portegé X20W includes a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support. (Take a look at our features: USB Type-C: Do You Need It Now?) This makes it compatible with Toshiba’s Thunderbolt 3 dock. The X20W can also wirelessly connect to the Toshiba WiGig dock. Toshiba hasn’t announced pricing for the docks, but said both will be available later in Q1 2017.
Pricing and Availability
There will initially be two versions of the Toshiba Portegé X20W. The pre-configured Onyx Gray model will be available as an exclusive from the Microsoft Store “soon”. The Onyx Blue version will be available in January 2017 direct from Toshiba’s website, but will become available from other Toshiba resellers in February 2017. A price hasn’t been announced, but we’ll speculate it should start around the four-figure mark.