Toshiba just released the Satellite Radius 12, the world’s first 12.5-inch convertible Windows 10 laptop with a 4K Ultra HD display. The $1300 multimode touchscreen notebook flips all around to be used as a tablet, tent, or in stand mode. It is also packed with sound and performance technology from Technicolor, Corning, Harman Kardon, DTS and Intel. A non-4K (1080p) model with same specs will also be offered for $300 less.
The laptop is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core processor, 8GB of RAM and can be configured with a 256GB or 512GB solid state drive. In addition, the Satellite Radius 12 features ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth plus a full range of ports including HDMI capable of 4K output, one reversible USB Type-C connector that enables lightning fast data transfers over USB 3.1 and two Super Speed USB 3.0 ports. One USB 3.0 port features USB Sleep & Charge technology, which can power mobile devices even when in sleep mode and delivers faster charging speeds when the laptop is off.
The Satellite Radius 12 features a sleek, highly-mobile compact design housed in durable aluminum to safeguard against the rigors of daily use. Designed for travel, the device weighs just 2.9 pounds with a slim 0.6-inch profile.
The display is calibrated and certified by the color experts Technicolor and the device includes Chroma Tune for Toshiba software, which allows the user to select the best color scheme for the content they are using. Its native 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution yields 352 pixels per inch, four times as many as a Full HD display, while a Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display is an option. Both models feature a high-brightness 350-nit screen for use outdoors and IPS technology that provides wide viewing angles.
The laptop’s display is built with Corning Gorilla Glass NBT, which offers 8x-10x higher scratch resistance than soda lime glass displays, plus reduced incidence of damage when inadvertently closing the display on top of an object and a better ability to withstand the shock of accidental bumps.
The Satellite Radius 12 includes a custom-designed adaptive audio system engineered by Harman Kardon and Toshiba specifically for convertible laptops. Embedded sub-miniature speakers designed and tuned by the audio experts at Harman Kardon deliver sophisticated, rich audio that changes automatically depending on the laptop’s viewing mode so the sound quality and reach aligns with the screen viewing position. Audio processing software by DTS further tunes the speakers for volume and quality.
The Satellite Radius 12 is one of the first PC’s to enable facial authentication with Windows Hello. Powered by an on-board infrared camera that provides a personal, convenient and password-free way to instantaneously log into the device and quickly get to work or play.
The Satellite Radius 12 also accelerates the new features and capabilities of Windows 10. For voice apps like Cortana and Skype, the Satellite Radius 12 features multi-directional TruTalk microphones, which offer clear voice detection, even in noisy environments and a dedicated Cortana key for easily calling up the personal digital assistant in Windows 10.
Price and Availability
The Satellite Radius 12 is available for purchase starting on October 18, 2015 from Best Buy, BestBuy.com and Microsoft Stores, as well as direct from Toshiba. The Satellite Radius 12 4K Ultra HD Edition ($1,299.99) features a Brushed Metal Finish in Carbon Gray, while the Full HD model ($999.99) features a Brushed Metal Finish in Silver. Both include LED backlit keyboards.