Convertible tablets are all the rage at the IFA tech exhibition in Germany, with Toshiba the latest vendor to announce a model that can work as an Ultrabook or tablet.
The Satellite U925t converts from an Ultrabook into a tablet when the user folds away the display and has an impressive array of specs -- including Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS, a third-generation Intel Core i5 processor, a 128GB solid state drive and connections for HDMI and USB 3.0.
Toshiba says that the model weighs just 3.2 pounds and is 0.78-inches thick, and adds that the 12.5-inch HD display is made with Corning’s super tough Gorilla Glass. The hybrid also features dual-facing cameras and supports Bluetooth 4.0.
The Japanese firm also took time at the exhibition to roll out a handful of new Ultrabooks, as well as its ‘Canvio Personal Cloud’ cloud storage hub. The models can come with 2TB ($220) or 3TB of data ($250) and work with Toshiba's iOS and Android Canvio Link apps so that users can remotely upload and view files.
Expect to see the Canvio Personal Cloud arrive in September, while Toshiba has earmarked the other Windows 8 models to release from October 26, the same day as the release of Microsoft’s Surface and the Windows 8 OS. Prices were not disclosed at the time of going to press.
Toshiba was at one stage in the running to make a Windows RT tablet, the version of Windows 8 running on ARM processors. However, the firm decided against making such a version, saying that delayed components would "make a timely launch impossible".