Windows 8/RT tablets roundup
The Acer Iconia W510 is just 0.35" thin, and comes with 10" 1366x768 pixels screen, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage at a minimum, expandable via a microSD card, as well as microHDMI, microUSB and full USB ports.
What's best - at this price the tablet can run Windows 8 with backwards compatibility for all programs ever written for Windows. Not too shabby, and Acer claims you can get 9 hours of usage out of its battery - Intel's new Atom processors are a big improvement over their predecessors in that regard, it seems.
If you want the keyboard dock, which will give you extra 9 hours of battery life with the integrated unit, there is a package that includes a 64GB Acer Iconia W510 plus the dock, and it will run you $749. The Acer Iconia W510 will hit retailer shelves on November 9
The device, with an 11.6 inch screen, is a Windows 8 Pro model which means it is powered by an Intel processor, in this case, an Ivy Bridge 1.8GHz Core i3 processor, upgradable to core i5. The 11.6 inch display has a 1080p resolution, and the tablet has 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. The camera on back is 5MP while the front-facing shooter is 1MP. Upgrade to the i5 processor and twice the memory for $999.99
A dock comes with the tablet that allows you to view it in widescreen mode at 70 degrees or 20 degrees. While the dock uses the tablet's USB 3.0 port, it comes with three of them and also recharges the tablet. The Acer Iconia W700 weighs in at 2.3 pounds.
The Asus Vivo Tab RT is coming to AT&T with LTE connectivity. The slate sports a 10.1-inch screen at 1,366 x 768 pixel resolution. It’s running on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core chip, has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory and a Wacom stylus coming along. It’s pretty light at just 1.15 pounds (520 g), and thin at 8.3mm.
Windows RT Operating SystemNVIDIA® Tegra® 3 T30 1.3GHz 1MB L2 Cache processor32GB Hard Drive2GB System MemoryNVIDIA Terga 3 graphics10.1" IPS with OGS touch panel, 1280x800 (WXGA), 550nits with Outdoor Readable modeViewing angle of 178 degreesWebcam Front: 2M Rear: 8M with FlashBluetooth v4.0802.11b/g/ndigital media: Micro SD(SDHC)Hi-Definition Audio1x 2-in-1 Audio Jack, 1x micro HDMI and 1x microSDDimensions: 10.3" x 6.7" x 0.3", 1.1 lbs1 year warranty
Asus will offer an optional sleeve which attaches to the tablet via magnets. The sleeve doubles as a kickstand, and there’s an optional Bluetooth keyboard. Unfortunately it won’t work with the its larger sibling's VivoTab keyboard docks, and doesn't sport a stylus.
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.
It has a Wacom active digitizer and digital pen (but no place to store the pen). The tablet has a 30Whr battery, a 2MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear camera.
Asus also offers an optional keyboard dock with a 25Whr battery. When using the tablet and dock together, Asus says you should be able to get up to 19 hours of battery life.
6. Asus Taichi (Win 8, Ivy Bridge, $1,300)
The $1,299 Taichi features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and Intel HD Graphics 4000. The contraption has a pair of USB 3.0 ports, microHDMI, VGA, a dual microphone/headphone jack, and a backlit keyboard. It also sports Bang & Olufsen ICEpower technology, to sweeten up the deal.
* Starting at $499
* Designed for mobile professionals, delivering laptop performance
* 10.1-inch HD Display (1366 x 768) with 10pt multi-touch. pen and split-screen support
* Optional mobile keyboard dock with a full-sized keyboard, touchpad, ports, stereo speakers, extra battery
* Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC
* Windows RT
* 32 GB or 64 GB of storage
* 2MP webcam (front) supporting 720p@30fps
* 5MP Auto Focus (rear facing)
* Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n
* Bluetooth 4.0
* LTE (USA) and global HSPA+ options (post launch)
* Micro-USB, micro-SD, micro-SIM, 3.5-mm headset, 40-pin dock connector (supporting HDMI via adapter
* Starting at $649
* Fits simply and securely into existing IT environments
* Swappable battery with up to up to 18 hours of battery life
* Optional security features such as Dell Data Protection | Encryption for encryption from the hard drive to USB port
* Optional fingerprint and smart card reader
* Optional productivity dock and active stylus
* Intel Atom processor Z2760 1.8 GHz with Intel Burst Technology, 1.5 GHz HFM, 600 MHz LFM
* Windows 8 32-bit or Windows 8 Pro 32-bit
* 2 GB DDR2 SDRAM (800 MHz)
* Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (533 MHz)
* 10.1-inch IPS (1366 X 768) Wide View Angle LCD, Corning Gorilla Glass, Capacitive 10pt Touch
* Up to 64 GB SSD
* USB 2.0, SD Memory Card Reader, Docking Connector, Stereo headphone / Microphone combo jack, Mini-HDMI, Micro-USB charging port, Micro-SIM (WWAN-only)
Photo courtesy of Dan Ackerman/CNET
"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."
The specs bonanza doesn't stop here, though, as the slate sports 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal memory, HDMI-out port, and the large battery is good for the whopping 13 hours on a charge. It is 0.67" thick, pretty reasonable for a touchscreen convertible with a full-fledged keyboard part.
The interesting thing about the Yoga 11, however, just like with its larger sibling, is that you can keep pushing the screen back after you've reached the flat 180-degree stage, until its back touches the back of the keyboard half, essentially turning it into a tablet. The keyboard automatically shuts off after you pass 180-degrees, so no need to worry about accidentally pressing keys and such. The Yoga 11 weighs 2.7 pounds, and it's big advantage before the Yoga 13 are the five more hours of battery life. The 11-incher will be available December, starting at $799.
The Lynx will cost $599 in December, sports an integrated stylus, and there is an optional keyboard dock for it that adds 8 more hours of battery life, plus USB port, for $149 more.
The ThinkPad Tablet 2 was designed as "a joint effort between Lenovo, Microsoft and Intel", and it looks pretty nice. It will be thinner and lighter than the Microsoft Surface Pro at 9.8mm (.385") and 600g (~1.3lbs), compared to 13.5mm (.53") and 900g (~2lbs). It will have a similar keyboard dock and stylus as optional accessories.
And, most telling of all is that the announcement is that Lenovo is clearly targeting enterprise. We fully expected that the enterprise market was Microsoft's aim with Windows 8 tablets, but this really does prove it. Lenovo doesn't waste any time in getting to features that IT managers would enjoy like a Fingerprint scanner for security, front and rear cameras "for video conferencing", the stylus for "capturing signatures and completing forms", and 3G/4G connections for "productivity anywhere".
16. LG Windows 8 Sliding Tablet (Win 8, Ivy Bridge, $950)
The hybrid tablet/notebook has an automatic slider button, and is just 15.9 mm thick, together with the keyboard. The 11.6-inch screen is detachable, and an LG IPS panel, with wide viewing angles, and frugal power consumption resulting in up to 10 hours of battery life. There are HDMI and USB ports, as well as a microSD card slot.
It’s a 10.6-inch Windows 8 powered tablet that incorporates a wealth of functionality, design, and core platform experience to keep those hardened PC users satisfied in making the transition to fully commit to a tablet. Well, the Microsoft Surface is the culmination of many products and software that the company has been developing over the course of its history, and surely enough, it’s one beauty that’s bound to give its rivals a run for their money.
The Surface 8 Pro is powered by Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge chips to give prospective owners that untouched “full Windows” experience.
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 5 megapixels, and the one in the front 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 monster 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.
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 is 18mm thick , and weighs about 1.7 kilos.
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.
Core i3 or i5 Ivy Bridge Intel is running the show, and you can equip it with up to 256GB SSD, and up to 8GB of RAM. The 128GB version would go for the pretty steep EUR 940 at launch, but that's the price for a 1.45kg, 20mm thin 12-incher of a Windows 8 machine with such an SSD size.