The best new Windows 8 tablets and convertibles with the battery life of an iPad or Android slate review

The best new Windows 8 tablets and convertibles with the battery life of an iPad or Android slate review
Intel's new Haswell architecture made possible Win 8 tablets with 8+ hours of battery life, like on iPads or Android slates, which was unheard of just a few months ago, unless you settle for a slower Atom processor, a few examples of which compromise we include as well.

Some newly-announced Windows 8 tablets and convertibles cite nine, ten and even more hours of battery life, while still sporting a full-fledged OS with a suite of ports and device drivers.

We are rounding up some of the best and most frugal devices of what has trickled down lately with Haswell and the lowly Atom - the warriors which make Microsoft's full-fledged Windows 8 operating system truly mobile for the first time, starting with last night's resolution craze called Samsung ATIV Q.

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19 Comments

1. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

The Ativ Q is incredibly awesome. High-end ulta-tab running W8 and Android at the same time, epic screen, superb build. Unfortunately the price tag will come as a shocker, can't see this debuting under $1200.

8. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Really hope the Ativ Q helps pushing the "pixel race" on laptops and convertibles, Full HD on big screens isn't enough and for less than 1000$ or 1000€ you almost can only find laptops with 1366x768 resolution. Still an impressive feat by Samsung going with that wild resolution! Seriously impressed.

16. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Or you could just pay $499 for an underpowered tablet running a crippled operating system. Seriously, I can't see one logical reason why anybody would need access to the android VM when they have an unabridged version of Windows 8 at their fingertips.

19. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I don´t think that it can live up to its promised 9 hours battery, but I may be wrong. What is wrong with this tablet is that it has only intel graphics hd 4400 which is only 15% better than hd 4000. No way that it can do much 3D stuff with that GPU and that big resolution. But anyway this thing is awesome by the looks of it. And it will cost 1700 dollars which is way too much, almost no-one will buy this. And by the way, if we have this kind of resolution on a tablet, why the he.. do we have 1080p on our PC displays?

20. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Cause nobody cares about your PC anymore, it's the mobile gadgets pushing technical specs and Samsung expects to sell more HD+ displays for tablets, laptops, convertibles than for desktop or even television. I have an FHD monitor and an FHD TV, but none of the portable flagships. Guess when, my next buy will be an HD+ gadget.

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Sony Vaio Duo 13!

5. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Is and looks much better!

7. oister85

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

Yeah I wonder how this beast stack up against the Sony VAIO pro

9. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Or the Sony Z series Laptops The king Masters of all Laptops Striking stunning design that even Apple copied it and its keyboard layout! Apple users showing and posing and thinking there so cool on there MacBook Air! Try show of with the Z series Only rich entrapanuers and celebs and fat cat managers I see them with high profile and diplomats using them

10. oister85

Posts: 505; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

You well informed ha.?

12. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The VAIO Pro is the kind of successor to the Z series, it has better specs and an even better looking design. Sony just makes the best laptops in general.

17. jdoee100

Posts: 334; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

I'm no apple fan, but I do really like mac air. Their pad is so much better than window's. So good that I don't think they need touch screen at all.

3. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

I hope manufacturers would release affordable 10" Windows 8 convertibles.

4. twens

Posts: 1153; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Finally finally,full windows coming in tablet sizes. Microsoft saw the future.

6. subzerohk

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The Sony VAIO Duo 13 can run 11 hrs in one charge..... To most people all Samsung products are the most innovative and the best... no matter what. Where does Samsung put the USB port on the ATIV Q? Why Samsung put a micro SD slot to it but not standard SD?

11. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The VAIO Duo 13 doesn't dual boot Android and Windows and doesn't have the highest resolution display on any tablet/laptop. The USB port is the the stand used to keep the display up.

13. RodrigoFreijanes

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Samsung "GALATIV" Q That's the better name because of both OS.

14. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

I want samsung ativ Q :(

15. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I think both ARM and google are starting to become worried right about now.

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