Toshiba Launching New 4-in-1 Convertible Laptop This Month

Toshiba introduced a four-in-one convertible laptop sporting a two-axis hinge that can rotate 360 degrees, allowing customers to use the device in four orientations: Laptop, Tablet, Presentation and Audience. Called the Satellite Radius 11, this new convertible laptop will be made available on October 26 with a starting price of a mere $329.99.

The laptop will have an 11.6-inch HD TruBrite touchscreen with a built-in HD webcam. This combo will be backed by an Intel Celeron or Intel Pentium processor, depending on the model, as well as up to 4 GB of RAM. Configurations will also consist of a 32 GB SSD or a 500 GB hard drive. Windows 8.1 will be the operating system of choice.

The short list of specs also shows that the convertible laptop will include one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, one HDMI output port and an SD card slot. The company says the laptop will weigh less than three pounds and will come with a full-size keyboard with contoured raised tile keys. This laptop will also sport a fanless design that's highlighted by a patterned light gold finish.

"We expect Satellite Radius 11 to make the grade with consumers and students looking for a highly-portable PC that gives them a bit more flexibility than a traditional clamshell laptop without cutting corners," said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division.

The upcoming 11.6-inch Satellite Radius model joins the 15.6-inch model that's already offered on Toshiba's website. This Satellite Radius model includes an Intel Core i5-4210U processor, 12 GB of DDR3L memory, a 1 TB 5200 RPM hard drive, an LED backlit keyboard, and Intel-based Wireless AC and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

Like the 11.6-inch model, the 15.6-inch version includes the same two-axis hinge for using the laptop in four modes. Other features include an IPS Full HD screen, an HDMI port that can output 4K Ultra HD, and an HD webcam with dual microphones.

As for the cheaper 11.6-inch model, this version would be a great holiday gift for students looking for something inexpensive and versatile. Pricing will depend on the configuration, which starts at $329.99. The laptop will be made available at major retailers, online retailers and Toshiba's own marketplace next week.

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  • red77star
    This hybrid shit just not going to work.
  • alextheblue
    This hybrid shit just not going to work.

    I've used hybrids before, not all of them are created equal, but they've been getting better every generation. Nowadays most of them work great as a laptop and work well enough as a tablet too. They're the very definition of versatility... runs touch apps, runs real work software too.

    The main issue has typically been pricing - but this has a pretty darn reasonable starting price. The second issue has been cooling, but the newer-gen devices have been using much more efficient CPUs. They also give you a choice between a smaller SSD and a larger mechanical drive. So yeah, this one looks like a decent unit for the money. Personally I'd like it better if they offered it with an A10-Micro but that doesn't seem likely.
  • Tsarkips
    People that choose the HDD setup will have a bad time. I mean carrying that thing everywhere like a tablet will surely not be in favor for the mechanical drive.