The 12-inch Windows 10 tablet that was teased by Microsoft at IFA one month ago was officially announced at the joint Toshiba and Microsoft Windows 10 device event in Tokyo, Japan today, where the model is launched under the name Toshiba Dynapad N72:
Dynapad and Dynabook is the name Toshiba gives to their tablets in Japan while the same tablets are called Toshiba Encore and Encore Write outside of Japan. So when this tablet launches in Europe and North America, it might be called something like Toshiba Encore 3 Write 12, as it would compliment the existing 8-inch Toshiba Encore 2 Write 8 and 10.1-inch Toshiba Encore 2 Write 10 family, tablets that share the same champagne color finish as the 12-inch Dynapad.
Toshiba Dynapad N72 will be launched in Japan in the middle of December but won’t reach North America and Europe before 2016. The price in Japan is from 115 000 Yen and up, which is a lot for a tablet with an Intel Atom processor.
This 12-inch Windows 10 tablet has an included digitizer, and comes with Windows 10 Home. The 12-inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1280, while it is powered by an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 “Cherry Trail” processor. It has 4GB DDR3 RAM, up to 128GB storage, a 2MP front camera, a 8MP rear camera, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and two micro-USB 2.0 ports.
The keyboard dock is optional and is called DynaPad S92 in Japan, so it’s not necessarily a 2-in-1.
If the price goes down a lot before a US launch, this could be an interesting tablet. So we’ll cover it again next year when it is closer to launching in the US, and when all the country specific details are in.
– Jim Miller