Toshiba has quietly snuck a new 2-in-1 PC into CES 2015, although admittedly this was already announced back in 2014. Toshiba claims that the new Portege Z20t will have 17 hours of battery life while running in laptop mode.
The Portege Z20t takes design cues from the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, but manages to shave off a little weight. The tablet section has a 12.5-inch display, slightly larger than the 12-inch Surface Pro 3, although it only weighs 6.6lbs. The display is a 1080p Full HD touch screen with 10-point multitouch support. Toshiba’s press release indicates that this is meant to support both Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 Professional, which seems to mean that consumers will have a choice between the two operating systems. A Windows 7 tablet would be an interesting proposition.
Inside is an Intel Core M processor which allows the Z20t to drop the internal cooling fans (that helps reduce the overall weight). It also has up to 8GB of RAM, and a choice between a 128GB or 256GB SSD.
Naturally, most 2-in-1 PCs will attempt to include a stylus, and the Z20t is no different. Toshiba has included a Digitizer Pen with Eraser into the machine, along with a hidden backup stylus. Yes, Toshiba knows people will either lose or forget the first stylus and has built in a redundancy.
As far as battery life goes, the tablet section is claimed to last about nine hours; which can be boosted to 17 hours when attached to the keyboard dock.
The Toshiba Portege Z20t will be made available some time during this month for US$1,399. A version without the digitzer pen and keyboard dock will appear next month for US$899.