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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Those rubber screw cover look so 1990's. Real throwback. Hope it's only a prototype as that will look seriously dated against any of the HP range, or against the Surface.

floopydoodle said,
Why would they put the Windows button in the top bezel? Terrible design.

Put it on the bottom, Apple might get cranky. Kidding!

Panasonic having a bet each way. If the tablet feature fails, people can fall back to a notebook.

Unfortunately hybrids are always a compromise.