Panasonic reveals Windows 8 notebook-tablet hybrid

Panasonic isn't normally known for its PC products, but a number of businesses and government agencies have used the company's rugged Toughbook lineup of notebooks for years. This week, it was revealed that Panasonic plans to release a Windows 8-based notebook-tablet hybrid lineup of products, the AX series.

Engadget got some hands-on time with one of the models, which has an 11.6-inch touch screen that folds around the notebook to turn it into more of a tablet. There will be three models sold, all of which will have 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SDD for storage. Users can choose from models that have either a 1.7GHz or 1.8GHz Intel Core i5 processor, or one with a Core i7 chip clocked at 1.9GHz.

There's no word on pricing, but the AX Series is scheduled to go on sale around the time Windows 8 launches on October 26th. At the moment, it's only scheduled for a Japanese release, but Panasonic has made a number of its notebooks available for US buyers in the past.

In the meantime, check out the video below which has a typically wacky Japanese TV commercial for the AX Series. Watch out for helicopters.

Source: Engadget | Image via Engadget

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