Dynabook Unveils Redesigned Tecra A Series Business Laptops
Since Sharp acquired the IT business from Toshbia and renamed it Dynabook a few years ago, the new company has slowly updated the laptop lines that made its predecessor a long-standing part of the business. business computing, from Satellite Pro to Portege. At CES 2020, it also reintroduced the Tecra family with a trio of mid-range systems, but the company just announced that it will revamp the line with a pair of new models available from next month.
The new 14-inch Tecra A40 and 15-inch A50 have been refreshed inside and out, although it looks like the old 13.3-inch Tecra A30 isn’t treated the same. While the A40 weighs the same as its predecessor at 3.24 pounds, the new A50 loses over a pound, dropping from 4.85 pounds to 3.64 pounds. Both are given a literal new paint job, the stretcher changing from black to blue, and in this germ-aware COVID-19 era, Dynabook includes an antimicrobial additive to the paint to resist the growth of bacteria.
Inside, the Tecras will be powered by the latest 11th generation Intel Core processors, which include the chipmaker’s Iris Xe integrated graphics. While this is a step up from the 10th gen processors the A40 currently uses, it is a large switch from 8th generation Core processors on which the A50 is currently based. Newer versions can come with up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB of solid-state storage, and Toshiba says updated Tecras can run for more than 10 hours between battery charges.
The new A40 will be available with a 14-inch display with HD or Full HD resolution and optional touchscreen capability, although Dynabook has not provided display specifications for the A50 beyond that. a 15-inch screen. Connectivity includes a pair of Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, two additional USB-A 3.2 ports, an HDMI output, a microSD card slot, and an 802.11ax wireless network (Wi-Fi 6). Security features include Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 and enterprise-grade encryption, as well as the option for Microsoft’s Hello fingerprint reader and facial authentication, while systems are physically protected according to standards MIL-STD-810H durability for drops, shock and vibration resistance as well as protection against unpleasant temperature and humidity conditions.
While Dynabook announces that the new Tecra A40 and A50 will be available from July, it has not disclosed any pricing details. We can guess a rough range from current models though, as the base price of the A40 starts at $ 940 and the A50 starts at $ 920.