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Calling all touchscreens: Windows 8/RT tablets roundup

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Calling all touchscreens: Windows 8/RT tablets roundup
The IFA 2012 expo is fully underway, and yesterday we were focused on such promising handsets like the Galaxy Note II, Sony's new Xperia T, V and J, as well as the Samsung ATIV S Windows Phone 8 handset.

Yet the focus of the event seems to be Windows 8, whose release is coming soon, and its Modern UI interface, created exclusively with touch interaction in mind. 

Be it ARM-based Windows RT slates with detachable keyboards and Microsoft Office as a bonus, or full-fledged Windows 8 machines with "Intel Inside", industry juggernauts like Asus, Sony, Samsung, HP, Dell, Lenovo and Toshiba all came up with innovative designs, combining the mobility of a tablet, with the productivity of a physical keyboard. 

We round them up for you in the slideshow below, in the order announced, as we notice you are getting confused by the flood of such devices coming from all directions. Which one would you lay cash on?

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posted on 30 Aug 2012, 07:59 4

1. Mercenary (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)

I really like the idea of Dell XPS Duo 12

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 08:28 5

4. sam_tek (Posts: 105; 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...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 08:20 3

2. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

The great OS Army is getting bigger

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:20 6

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!

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 10:14 1

10. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

Good point

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 08:27 1

3. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 417; 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

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:08 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

interesting....think I will get one in a few years....

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:12 2

6. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; 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...

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:17 2

7. phonepro (Posts: 22; 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).

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 09:37 1

9. Nookie4u (Posts: 133; Member since: 13 Aug 2012)

yeah, was juz about to say the same. good thing Asus is more open-minded.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 10:55

11. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Bright future both for Win 8 and consumers.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 14:52 1

12. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; 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.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 16:51

13. Rayvelynn (Posts: 124; 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

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 17:44 1

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.

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 21:51 1

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

posted on 30 Aug 2012, 20:29 1

15. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

i wantthem all!!!

posted on 01 Sep 2012, 13:18

17. valapsp (Posts: 561; 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.

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