Convertible notebooks are a dime a dozen these days, so it takes a lot to stand out from the crowd. Toshiba has just poked its head through the fog with the Satellite Radius 12, which is the company’s stunning hardware showcase for Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.
Front and center is the 12.5-inch display, which features a resolution of 3840x2160. That translates into a 353 pixels per inch for this display, something that we don’t see too often when it comes to notebooks/convertibles. Toshiba also says that the IPS panel is able to support 100% of the Adobe RGB color space, which is an added bonus. This is likely a very expensive panel to produce, so you’ll be glad to know that it’s protected with Gorilla glass which should ward off any minor mishaps.
Given that Intel just announced a whole slew of mobile Skylake processors, you shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that up to sixth generation Core i7 processors are supported by the Satellite Radius 12, which should ensure plenty of power under hand while sipping power at the same time. Up to 8GB of RAM is supports (16GB support would have been nice), and the convertible comes with full-size USB 3.0 ports and a reversible USB-C port. You’ll also find an infrared camera that support biometric logins via Windows Hello.
Weighing in at just 2.9 pounds and measuring just 0.6 inches thick, this laptop is perfectly serviceable as a lightweight notebook, but probably is a bit much to use when holding it as a tablet for a long period of time. Regardless, Toshiba has done a remarkable job with the Satellite Radius 12 and should be commended.
If the Satellite Radius 12 is any indication of where the future of ultra-portables and convertibles are heading under the direction of Microsoft with Windows 10 and Intel with Skylake, we’re in for a rash of exciting new products in the coming months.