With Windows 8 just around of the corner, a lot of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have been showing off their Windows 8 based devices. Sony has gone to the extent of even announcing the prices of its Windows 8 based devices. Today, another company is showcasing its Windows 8 based computers, a tablet hybrid. The form factor of this tablet hybrid is a very old one. We saw such ultrabook tablet hybrid long back with Windows XP on such hybrid devices.
Panasonic had on display the AX series of Ultrabook tablet hybrid at the CEATEC event. The device is an ultrabook foldable device which will transform into a tablet when the display is swivelled. The device comes with a 11.6 inch display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. On the connectivity front, the device is rich with two USB v 3.0 ports to the right of the hybrid device, accompanied by an HDMI port. On the other side of the device, there are ports of the headphone, SD card reader, Ethernet port, power cord, and microphone.
The hinges of which connect the keyboard and the CPU unit with the display are said to be solid enough, which they have to be in order to make the device convertible. Though, the touch screen on the device is not said to be as good as on other Windows 8 devices we have seen.
But for people who are more concerned with the keyboard for easy typing, the ultrabook tablet hybrid device is said to have a big enough keyboard, comfortable for even people with large fingertips. The device will come in different processor variants, as Engadget explains this way:
The AX series will launch in Japan on October 26th in three different permutations, starting with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.7GHz or 1.8GHz, and a Core i7 at 1.9GHz. There’s 4GB of memory and a 128GB SDD in all three, while the hybrid bucks the trend by offering a removable battery, with both the faster Core i5 and the Core i7 models coming with an extra cell bundled in.
The device is scheduled to be launched in the Japanese market only for now. The release of the device in the international market is not yet known.