Dynabook Tecra X40

What you need to know

  • Dynabook revealed a refresh to its premium laptop line with the new Portégé X30 and Tecra X40 laptops.
  • Both laptops include Intel's 8th Gen Whiskey Lake processors, along with Wi-Fi 6 and instant-on capabilities.
  • Following the two premium additions is the Portégé A30, which sits just below the X laptops in terms of specs.

Just a few months after Toshiba rebranded to Dynabook in the U.S., the company today unveiled its first set of premium laptops under its new name. Called the Portégé X30 and Tecra X40, the two laptops look like they're built for business, but their chassis are hiding a surprising list of premium specs.

The most eye-catching of the two is the Tecra X40, which packs a 14-inch FHD display with a touch-enabled option. Inside, you can equip the Tecra X40 with Intel's slate of 8th gen Whiskey Lake processors, ranging from the Core i3-8145U up to the Core i7-8665U. There's also the option for up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, either SATA or PCIe.

The Portégé X30 offers the same specs, but in a slightly different 13.3-inch form factor. Again, you can go with a touch or non-touch FHD display, along with the same RAM, process, and storage options.

Both the Portégé X30 and Tecra X40 have fingerprint readers by default, and you can add a SmartCard reader if necessary. There's also a configuration that throws in an IR camera for Windows Hello verification if that's your thing.

Dynabook Portégé X30

Where the two X-series laptops get pretty interesting is that they include an option for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, also known as 802.11ax. There's a lot to Wi-Fi 6 that makes it a pretty big leap over its predecessors, but its inclusion means that you'll be future-proofed for the standard's faster transfer speeds, better performance with lots of devices on the network, and less battery drain when connected to an 802.11ax network.

Dynabook says that it has improved both the cooling with a new fan design on the Portégé X30 and Tecra X40 while also making the Portégé X30 lighter. Support for Windows 10's Modern Standby will allow the laptops to stay connected to your network and turn on from a sleep state without missing a beat.

Dynabook Portégé A30

Rounding things out is the 13.3-inch Dynabook Portégé A30, which is a slightly less-premium laptop that sits just below the X-series entries. You're looking at similar styling as the Portégé X30 here, but with a lower max RAM capacity of 24GB and processor options ranging from Intel's Celeron 3867 up to the Core i7-8650U. Otherwise, up to 1TB of storage, a fingerprint sensor, and the option for an IR camera are also present here.

Category Tecra X40 Portégé X30 Portégé A30
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10 Windows 10
Display 14-inch HD
14-inch FHD Touch
13.3-inch FHD
13.3-inch FHD Touch
13.3-inch HD
13.3-inch FHD
13.3-inch FHD Touch
Processor Up to Intel Core i7-8665U Up to Intel Core i7-8665U Up to Intel Core i7-8650U
Graphics Integrated Integrated Integrated
Memory Up to 32GB DDR4 Up to 32GB DDR4 Up to 24GB DDR4
Storage Up to 1TB SSD (SATA or PCIe) Up to 1TB SSD (SATA or PCIe) Up to 1TB SSD (SATA or PCIe)
Camera Webcam
Webcam + IR Camera
Webcam
Webcam + IR Camera
Webcam
Webcam + IR Camera
Security TPM, Fingerprint
TPM, Fingerprint, SmartCard
TPM, Fingerprint
TPM, Fingerprint, SmartCard
TPM, Fingerprint
TPM, Fingerprint, SmartCard
Connectivity Up to Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth Up to Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth
Ports 2 x USB3.1 Type-C (Data, Power, Display, Thunderbolt 3), 1 x USB3.0 w/ USB Sleep and Charge, 1 x HDMI, 1 x microSD 2 x USB3.1 Type-C (Data, Power, Display, Thunderbolt 3), 1 x USB3.0 w/ USB Sleep and Charge, 1 x HDMI, 1 x microSD 1 x HDMI, 2 x USB3.0, 1 x USB Type-C, 1 x RJ-45, SD Card Slot
Dimensions 13.1 x 9.0 x 0.67 in (332 x 228.9 x16.9mm) 12.4 x 8.9 x 0.63 in ( 316 x 227 x 15.9 mm) 12.4 x 8.9 x 0.78 in (316× 227× 19.9 mm)
Weight 2.76 lbs (1.25 kg) 2.31 lbs (1.05 kg) Starting at 2.65 lbs (1.20 kg)

Dynabook says all three laptops "will be available at us.dynabook.com" and from resellers. However, there's no pricing or release date information available just yet.

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