Japan’s King Jim has found a clever way to make its Portabook XMC10 laptop even smaller than the smallest Macbook available. The ultra-compact laptop—powered by Windows 10 with a 2.4GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage and an 8-inch display— but the most interesting feature is the 12-inch folding keyboard. Yes, a 12-inch keyboard THAT FOLD so it can be stored with it’s computer with ONLY an 8-inch display. Like, WHOA!
The keyboard’s design allows the keyboard to be split into two parts that sidle up next to each other to match the dimensions of the Portabook’s 8-inch display. The design is similar to that of IBM’s TrackWrite keyboard — a.k.a. the butterfly keyboard— for their ThinkPads years ago , but the Portabook XMC10’s keyboard transformation is far more dramatic and leaves an overall smaller footprint for the laptop.
While the Portabook XMC10 can’t compete with the 12-inch MacBook in terms of performance, it’s price of roughly $740 is cheaper than Apple’s smallest laptop, but you’ll have to compromise with its limited specs, and 8-inch 1,280 x 768 display with a full-sized keyboard. Also, at almost an inch-and-a-half thick, you might be better off opting for a slimmer solution. But Dat Keyboard, Tho….