Toshiba Unveils Shape Shifting “5-in-1” PC Concept

Most consumers are familiar with “2-in-1” PCs, which can either be a tablet or laptop.  But Toshiba has stepped it up a notch and unveiled a 5-in-1 PC concept.  Toshiba calls it a “shape-shifting” PC and it has three parts, a screen, keyboard and kickstand.  The kickstand contains the motherboard and the three parts can be arranged for different usage scenarios.

As expected the PC take the form of a traditional laptop.  It can also take the form of a tablet, one with the keyboard detached and one with it folded back.  Two other modes include a “Presentation/TV” mode that involves using the kickstand, and a “Canvas” mode that lets the user flip the attached keyboard 270 degrees, making the device better for drafting with a stylus.

As this is just a concept, there is no word on pricing or availability.  Other PC makers also are promoting convertible devices. At CES, Chinese PC maker Lenovo is showing its Yoga 2 and Miix 2 laptop-tablet hybrids. Taiwanese rival Asus also unveiled a convertible that can switch between the Windows and Android OSes with the click of an on-screen button.

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  • FateStayNight

    Wouldn’t the motherboard be awfully vulnerable in the kickstand?

    • Asgard

      Why? I bet the case is very solid because of the very limited space. Like phones and tablets are.

      • Wieland

        Sry wrong repliant

  • Nham Thien Duong

    ¿Didn’t Lenovo do something similar?

    • Wieland

      Acer Aspire R7. The most awkward notebook ever created…

  • tropolite

    I like it! Its about time Windows Tablets get angles better. By that I mean, Surface Pro 2 gets close with the two stage kickstand, but still it doesn’t recline enough for me still. This is just a personal preference, but I tend to sit higher and a recline of 60 degrees would feel more comfortable. This concept Toshiba presents has this better angle without having to prop up the tablet with a book or remote which is not ideal.
    Now that there is a wider market of Windows tablets maybe some third party covers/stands will become available.
    Nice going Toshiba for thinking further out of the box.

  • SategB