It feels like it has been years since Toshiba announced an exciting Windows laptop, but it looks like the wait is finally over. At IFA today, Toshiba is revealing the Satellite Radius 12 convertible. The name might sound a little boring, but the specifications certainly aren't. Toshiba claims it's the "world's first 12.5-inch Ultra HD 4K convertible."
Toshiba's Satellite Radius 12 will be released in Full HD (1920 x 1080) or 4K (3840 x 2160) displays. Inside there's Intel's latest Skylake processors up to the Core i7, and up to 8GB of RAM. Toshiba is really pitching this as the ultimate convertible, with a hinge that transforms this ordinary laptop into a tablet very much like Lenovo's Yoga.
Elsewhere, Toshiba has also included some more new technologies that make this laptop a little more exciting. Toshiba is joining other manufacturers by including a USB Type-C port on a Windows laptop. While Apple has opted just for the single port on its 12-inch MacBook, Toshiba has also included two regular USB ports and HDMI output.
Hello, Windows Hello
Curiously, the Satellite Radius 12 also includes support for Windows Hello. Microsoft's Windows Hello feature is part of Windows 10 and allows users to log into a PC with just their face or fingerprint. Toshiba claims its "HD webcam" supports Windows Hello here, and we're waiting for the company to reveal whether it has managed to fit Intel's RealSense camera into this 12.5-inch laptop. It would be one of the smallest implementations on the market if it has, as most existing laptops with Intel's RealSense camera are 15 inches or more. We've asked Toshiba for comment on the exact webcam, but we're waiting to hear back. Either way, Toshiba does claim it has worked closely with Microsoft and Intel to "include the latest technologies."
On paper it looks like a small convertible laptop packed with all the latest features you'd want to see in a Windows notebook. We'll be taking a closer look at the Satellite Radius 12 at IFA this week, so stay tuned for our full impressions.