Calling all touchscreens: Windows 8/RT tablets roundup
Calling all touchscreens: hybrid tablet/notebook devices in store for the Windows 8 launch
The 32nm Atom chip powering the slate looks enough for serious tablet productivity, and it’s paired with a hefty 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The Vivo Tab is among the heavier slates weighing around 1.49 pounds (675 grams), but really thin at just 8.7mm.
3. Sony VAIO Duo 11
The 11.6" device begs to be your tablet and notebook computer, all in one pretty chassis, that allows you to prop the screen at different angles to the physical keyboard part, or slap it onto it altogether, and only use the touch layer for interaction with Win 8 via your fingers, or the integrated stylus.
The 11.6" screen is Full HD, and, judging from the other 1080p displays of Sony, should be looking brilliant. Intel's Ivy Bridge processors, 4/8 GB of RAM and 128/256GB solid state disks ensure that this thing won't be cheap. It is18mm thick , and ways just about 1.7 kilos.
4. Sony VAIO Tap 20
The 1600x900 20-incher can be equipped with various Ivy Bridge processors, 4GB/8GB of RAM, and 750GB/1TB HDD, hinting this is a serious desktop machine, just a little touchy.
On the front of the Samsung Ativ Tab glows a 10" LCD display with resolution of 1366 by 768 pixels. Humming inside it is a 1.5GHz dual-core processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM. There is a pair of cameras too, with the main one being of 5 megapixels, and the one in the front is a more basic 1.9-megapixel shooter meant for video conversations.
Both 32 and 64GB models will be available, and storage can be expanded further by using a microSD card. Last but not least, the tablet is equipped with a 8,200mAh battery.
The frugal Atom processor allows it to stay active for up to 13.5 hours on battery, for the sake of performance if you want to do something more processor-intensive, of course.
Besides the weaker processor compared to its Pro version, the 11.6" touchscreen also has a regular 1366x768 resolution, and sports only USB 2.0 ports, no 3.0 here.
As usual with those hybrid devices, the screen part attaches to the keyboard one with a magnetic latch, turning it from a tablet into a notebook. The S Pen stylus makes a cameo here too.
8. HP Envy x2
"Featuring a sleek aluminum finish and an innovative hinge with magnets that smoothly guide the tablet into place, the HP ENVY x2 weighs 3.1 pounds. When separated, the tablet portion weighs just 1.5 pounds.
Customers can interact directly with the optimized Windows 8 touch interface on the HP ENVY x2′s vivid 11.6-inch diagonal HD touch display. Ultrawide viewing angles and a bright, 400-nit In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel provide a superb visual experience indoors and outdoors, while an HD webcam on the front and an 8-megapixel camera on the back capture high-quality photos and video.
The HP ENVY x2 also features Beats Audio for the best-sounding, richest audio experience available on a PC. An optional stylus offers added creativity, giving customers the freedom to write, draw and navigate with added accuracy."
9. Dell XPS 10
10. Dell XPS Duo 12
Photo courtesy of Dan Ackerman/CNET
11. Toshiba Satellite U920T
4. sam_tek (Posts: 89; Member since: 18 Feb 2011)
Sony Vaio Duo 11 FTW
Full HD, good specd & an awesome form factor. Now, if it's only priced right...
8. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Windows and Android are both doing great. I can't wait to see Android become more like a desktop OS and see Windows become more like a mobile OS!
3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
i think so next year windows phone 8 will grab a major market share.we are getting higher specs on mobile devices & tablets for WP8 & WIN 8.WP8 is also more snappy,buttery smooth and elegant than android 4.1.lets see what happens
5. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
interesting....think I will get one in a few years....
6. ahhxd717 (Posts: 320; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
Damn, I'm really excited for these touch laptops with Windows 8. If only I had enough money to get one when they are released...
7. phonepro (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)
if apple was asus rite now they would probably sue almost all the companies that are making "transformer like" tablets (tablets connecting the keyboard as docks).
9. Nookie4u (Posts: 131; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)
yeah, was juz about to say the same. good thing Asus is more open-minded.
11. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
Bright future both for Win 8 and consumers.
12. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)
The Sony VAIO Duo 11 looks really good, but the SSD instead of HDD is really going to raise the price up.
13. Rayvelynn (Posts: 123; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Isn't the whole purpose of having a tablet not to have a keypad, I mean I might as well be carrying around a laptop, lol
14. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)
I've been wondering why these tablet/Hybrids are not having the same amount of storage as current laptops? 250GB to 320GB hard drives should be standard if they're trying to have these replace current laptops.
16. vvelez5 (Posts: 623; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)
Its the HDD vs SSD thing. Solid state drives are newer and more efficient than the older Hard Disk Drives. They don't have a disk that spins its more like a giant flash drive that transfers data but at a much higher rate than a standard flash drive. But since they are new and more efficient Solid State Drives are also more expensive. I believe a 250Gb Solid State Drive sells for around 250 bucks and a Hard Disk Drive of the same capacity sells for around 50 bucks. Big difference in price. So essentially if this response was tl;dr type of material it comes down to price. Where Solid State Drives cost more than Hard Disk Drives. And tablets and ultrabooks carry solid state drives
17. valapsp (Posts: 484; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
I don't have a good experience with Atom processors. I already have HP slate 500 and it is I have to admit one of the slowest tablets.