First 4G Windows 8 Ultrabook (Tablet/Laptop) Launched: Toshiba Portege Z10t

by Madalina Dinita
Madalina Dinita
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The Toshiba Portege Z10t is one of the best 4G tablets that come with Windows 8, have a look to see its specifications
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It’s official folks, we have our first 4G tablet/laptop with Windows 8. Since Windows 8 came out, more and more companies have taken up the endeavor of building machines to sustain it. Following this line of thought, Toshiba just put out a brand new tablet PC which represents not only its first attempt to work under Windows 8 but also brings 4G functionality. The hybrid between a tablet and a laptop has been dubbed Portégé Z10t and is aimed mainly at business users.

As stated above, the device can be used as a standalone tablet or as an ultrabook by using a super slim detachable keyboard. Because it can be used as a tablet, the Portege Z10t will become available featuring two digitizing pens. And brace yourself – writing with them on this 4G Windows 8 tablet will feel amazing because of the fingerprint-resistant coating. It’s just as you’d be using your old school notebook. Toshiba used in-plane switching technology when building the display in order to prevent color leakages when users turn the tablet on the side. The display is a 11.6-inch touchscreen.

Toshiba Portégé Z10t: world’s first 4G Windows 8 hybrid

The specs are pretty impressive and should capture the attention of businesses everywhere. In the processor department, perspective users can choose between Core i5 or i7 vPro – which translates into Ivy Bridge. The Z10t will also pack 128GB or 256GB SSD plus 4GB of RAM. The 8GB option will become available once Toshiba will produce versions that incorporate the future Haswell architecture.

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It features every port imaginable – VGA, HDMI, Ethernet and the latest USB 3.0 connection, a micro-HDMI socket and SD reader. For business users the hybrid is available with Windows 8 Pro. However, this doesn’t mean companies are stuck with Tiles and all the new Windows 8 related stuff, as the Z10t allows downgrading to Windows 7, which is something that we never met before. But if you downgrade to Windows 7, which I personally don’t recommend, you’ll obviously lose the touch feeling of Windows 8.

Price & availability of Portege Z10t

For the moment, only Australian business users will be able to enjoy the wonders of the new Z10t. Toshiba has teamed up with Telestra to bring business users the world’s first 4G Windows 8 Ultrabook. Teslstra Director of Mobile Broadband Anthea Roberts explained the reasons why such a PC tablet was needed on the market:

The Portege Z10t represents an exciting new era in mobile products for Telstra. The convergence of the tablet and laptop meets the growing demand for mobile devices that keep customers both productive and entertained.

The starting price for the world’s first 4G tablet Windows 8 is competitive – as we’d expect from a gadget aimed at businesses: $1499. It’s also the pioneer of its kind, but gradually, as more similar tablets will start popping out, the prices should experience a decrease. With the launch of the Z10t Toshiba aims to compete with other pricey pieces of technology such as the Asus Transformer Book 13 or Lenovo ThinkPad Helix.

Nevertheless for those who want to try out the Windows 8 Ultrabook experience and save some cash in the process, the cheaper Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11S might also be a good idea.

photo credits: Digital Trends