Toshiba preps an ultra-thin Ultrabook that works as an ultra-tablet

Tablets and laptops can be hard to pick from – thanks laptop manufacturers – but Toshiba is hoping to make those shopping for a best in class system even easier, with a new generation of Portege notebook.

The latest addition to Toshiba’s long running Portege series of laptops, the Z10t is a thin 11 inch machine that intends to offer mid-range performance in a slim and light body that can be detached from the screen. In fact, Toshiba’s Z10t is svelte enough that it measures 16.9mm from the front and 19.9mm at the back.

A Full HD (1920×1080) panel is used in the 11.6 screen, and will support several points of multitouch, so you can use it either as a touchscreen laptop, or – once it’s detached from the keyboard dock – as a tablet by itself.

“The mobile computing experience is now more versatile and intuitive than ever before with the launch of the Toshiba Portégé Z10t,” said Mark Whittard, Managing Director for Toshiba in Australia. “It is the perfect fusion of PC power and tablet portability.”

Inside the new Portege, there’s the choice of an Intel Celeron or Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, a 128GB SSD, and ports for USB 2.0, USB 3.0, HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, SD card slot, and headphone jack, with many of these ports divided between the keyboard dock section and the main tablet unit with the screen. Unsurprisingly, Windows 8 serves as the operating system of choice.

Availability for this hybrid tablet notebook will be from June, with the Celeron-based model fetching a $1199 price tag, while the Core i5 variant will come in from $1499 RRP.