The Surface Challenger- Meet the Toshiba Portege Z20t

Is it a laptop? Is it a tablet? No, it’s an enterprise-class monster hybrid!

Feeling dissatisfied with your dainty iPad?

Let’s face it, Apple’s tablets are fine for reading and excessive YouTubing, but start doing some actual work on it and the frustration might lead to another bendgate. This is where hybrids come in. The hybrid space is heating up, albeit a little slowly. The perfect tablet that can also be a great laptop is the holy grail of the portable tech world. Our favorite attempt yet, of course, is the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 but there might be another challenger in town. Toshiba has launched the hefty Portege Z20t. It is a ‘detachable ultrabook’ according to Toshiba and looks very, very impressive, at least on paper.


The Protege Z20t chugs along on an Intel Core M processor. Sounds familiar? Yes, the 2015 Apple Macbook runs the Core M too. It sacrifices raw power for efficiency. The result? When plugged into the keyboard base, the Z20t runs for an astonishing 16 hours. As a tablet, Toshiba claims it can still do a respectable 8 hours. Hardware-wise, the Z20t packs a 12.5in FHD IPS display, a spill-resistant backlit keyboard and all the major ports- USB 3.0, HDMI, LAN and microSD. It also includes a Wacom digitizer for all your doodling while stuck in meetings. Thankfully, it has a dedicated slot for it to sit in so you don’t end up losing it. Consider us impressed.

Even the innards are nothing to scoff at- 256GB SSD and up to 8 gigs of RAM. Rawr. All the computing power and portability doesn’t come cheap, though. The Protege Z20t starts at a hefty ₹1,30,000, but then again, it is targeted at enterprise users. Full review as soon as we get our hands on this monster.