Calling all touchscreens: Windows 8/RT tablets roundup

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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17 Comments

1. Mercenary

Posts: 61; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

I really like the idea of Dell XPS Duo 12

4. sam_tek

Posts: 105; Member since: Feb 18, 2011

Sony Vaio Duo 11 FTW Full HD, good specd & an awesome form factor. Now, if it's only priced right...

2. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The great OS Army is getting bigger

8. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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!

10. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Good point

3. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

6. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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: 22; Member since: Mar 31, 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: 133; Member since: Aug 13, 2012

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

11. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Bright future both for Win 8 and consumers.

12. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 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: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 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: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 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: Jan 29, 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

15. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i wantthem all!!!

17. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 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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