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Toshiba Satellite Radius 12, World’s First 12.5-inch 4K Convertible Laptop

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Toshiba Satellite Radius 12Toshiba has pulled the covers off its new Satellite Radius 12 two-in-one laptop at the IFA electronics show in Berlin.

The Japanese electronics company claims it's the "world's first 12.5-inch Ultra HD 4K convertible,” which can be folded into a tablet or used as a laptop. The latest model in its 2-in-1 laptop/tablet line will be released in Full HD (1920x1080) or 4K display with a resolution 3840x2160 pixels for better color and clarity, which is 4x as many as HD display. It has reinforced Gorilla glass display.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 has Intel’s latest Skylake processors (6th Gen Intel Core Processor) up to the Core i7, with up to 8GB of RAM.

Toshiba has also tinkered around new technologies to make the convertible laptop a little more exciting. It will be collaborating with other manufacturers by adding a USB Type-C port on a Windows laptop. Unlike Apple which has a new style to boot, with a single USB port, Toshiba has opted for two regular USB ports and HDMI output.

Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 weighs 2.8 pounds and is 0.6-inches thick. It has a 360-degree hinge allowing users to deploy it in five different modes: laptop, tablet, tabletop, presentation, and audience. It has a brushed metal finish in carbon gray, and a LED backlit keyboard.

The Satellite Radius 12 supports Windows Hello, Windows 10's facial-recognition technology, which uses infrared camera to identify users’ face to allow authentication. It is yet unknown whether it has incorporated Intel’s RealSense camera in the laptop since most of the existing laptops with Intel’s RealSense camera are 15 inches or more.

Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing at Toshiba America Information Systems, said in a statement:

“Through our deep relationships with our partners at Microsoft, Intel and Technicolor we have designed a top-of-line compact PC that delivers the new gold standard in screen, sound and performance for an unmatched computing experience on Windows 10. The Satellite Radius 12 expertly blends the latest technology into an extremely powerful, yet compact and easy-to-carry PC that is not only versatile but durable enough to handle a highly mobile lifestyle.”

Toshiba promises a lasting battery life, although it’s not known how long that is. Intel executive Chris Walker amounts it up to eight hours, i.e. a full day's work, for laptops decked with Skylake processor.

The Toshiba Satellite Radius 12 is scheduled to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. The pricing is yet to be announced.

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