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