Windows 8 launch and tablets is on the horizon. October 26 is the scheduled release for those not already running the TechNet or MSDN RTM version, and along with that date comes a slew of tablets designed specifically for running the OS. If you’re caught up trying to figure out which one to buy, an effective approach is to know your options. Here’s what you’ll get from every Windows 8 tablet hitting the market this holiday season, brace yourself because there are a lot of them!
The Yoga is an interesting line up with a trendy new name from Lenovo. It’s a laptop with a touch screen that can fold completely back to transform the device into a tablet. It features a 10-point multitouch screen. Truly an Ultrabook, the Yoga 13 packs Intel i5 or i 7 Ivy Bridge processor and a 128 or 256 GB SSD. Offers 8 hours of battery life with moderate use. It is equipped with a 13.3 inch screen at a weight of 3.3 pounds.
The Yoga 11 is the Windows RT version of the 13, it’s primarily for mobile users that don’t need a power house tablet. Packing 13 hours of battery life, maybe it should switch names with the larger counterpart tablet. Offers a 11.6 inch screen while weighing in at 2.8 pounds.
An 11.6 inch screen sporting a dual-core Atom processor. It is ultra portable with a weight of 1.4 pounds and a battery life rated for 16 hours. Supports an optional dock that can be purchased for $149 separately.
Weighing in at 3.49 pounds, the Twist is an Ultrabook for enterprise. It features a different folding capability than the Yoga and is able to completely rotate the screen on a single pivot point. On the inside is an Ivy Bridge processor. The screen size comes in at 12.5 inches and touts a 7 hour battery life.
The Envy X2 weighs in at 3.1 pounds, but the keyboard completely detaches making it only 1.5 pounds once separate. The screen is 11.6 inches and an Intel Atom CPU. For storage is a 64 GB SSD with micro SD support. The detachable keyboard contains a separate battery that effectively doubles battery life while plugged in.
Arriving in January, so should the ElitePad count? For patient people, and perhaps businesses it should. This little mobile tablet has a 10.1 inch display and weighs only 1.5 pounds. It’s also quite thin at 9.2 mm. It runs an Intel Atom CPU with a 64GB SSD.
The Iconia runs an Ivy Bridge i3 Processor while displaying over an 11.6 inch screen. The processor can be upgraded to the i5 for an extra $100, and the SSD can be upgraded to 128GB at the $1000 mark. The tablet includes a weird dock that prompts users to slide the tablet in sideways. It weighs approximately 2.3 pounds and touts eight hours of battery life.
The lightweight W510 is only 1.32 pounds and runs on an Intel Atom processor. Featuring 9 hours of battery life under normal use, it also has an optional docking keyboard that can be completely removed but will cost an extra $150 to purchase. There are two versions available, a 32GB or a 64GB model.
The Taichi is the flagship of the Asus Windows 8 tablet series. Its distinct feature is its dual screens, one on the back and one on the front. Inside is an Intel i5 1.7 GHz processor, but it has an upgraded version available with an i7 and twice the disk space with a 256GB SSD for $300 more. The screens are sized at 11.6 inches and it folds like a normal laptop. Currently advertised with a 5 hour battery life. Total weight: 2.75 pounds.
At 2.9 pounds, the X202 has an 11.6” screen and 5 hours of battery life. Under the hood is an i3 or the i5 Ivy Bridge processor for an extra $100. For storage is a 500GB HDD. It’s certainly an interesting move seeing Asus bypass the solid state option, but we’ll wait till we see it in action to criticize it too much.
The lightweight mobile edition of the Asus Vivo line is the RT Tab. It sports a 10.1 inch display with an overall weight of 1.15 lbs. Battery life is rated for 8 hours.
The ATIVsmart PC Pro is the Samsung Windows 8 powerhouse. Beneath the surface lie a Ivy Bridge i3 or i5 processor depending on the model purchased. This puts the weight of the tablet just under 2 pounds. Battery life is rated for 8 hours, and the screen size is 11.6 inches.
Hosting a battery friendly Intel Atom CPU, the ATIVsmart PC from Samsung boasts a 13 hour battery life. It weighs 3.2 pounds or half of that once disconnected from the keyboard dock. It appears the keyboard dock is optional and will cost an extra $100 to add on.
The Tab is the RT version of Samsung’s line-up. On the front is a 10.1 inch display. Inside is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 4S processor. The device is made entirely out of plastic, giving it a light weight of 1.25 pounds. It has an expected battery life of 9 hours.
The Vaio Duo 11 is an interesting piece of work that isn’t receiving much love from reviewers. More Frankenstein than ergonomical, it features scattered ports and the strangest method of transforming from tablet to netbook that I’ve ever seen; visible internal cables included. Inside is an Intel i5 1.7 GHz processor and a 128 GB SSD. It weighs 2.9 pounds and has a screen size of 11.6 inches. Expect 5 hours of battery life during moderate use.
In what you ask me is a step up from Sony’s sliding design, Toshiba introduces its 12.5 inch sliding tablet-laptop hybrid. However, it features lower screen resolutions than it’s Sony counterpart. The U920T weighs in at 3.2 pounds, carries an Intel i5 1.7GHz processor, and a 128 GB SSD that can be upgraded. The battery is said to last 5 hours under moderate use, such as streaming video.
Dell’s take on a Windows 8 tablet rocks in a cradle, quite literally.The screen can be detached from the keyboard, or swiveled and closed in clamshell fashion facing either up or down. The XPS 12 features a 12.5 inch display and weighs close to 3.35 pounds. The base model packs an Intel i5 1.7GHz processor and 4 GM of RAM which can be upgraded at three higher tiers that bring the price $100-$500 higher.
This is the 10-inch RT version of Dell’s Windows 8 tablet. Dell boasts that the XPS 10 will offer 20 hours of battery life when combined with its detachable keyboard dock. It’s light and mobile, but we don’t have any info regarding the innards of this device yet as Dell is keeping it quiet.
Microsoft Surface Pro – No price yet
The Surface Pro is Microsoft’s tablet flagship product. It runs on an Intel i5 1.7GHz processor with the option of either a 64GB or 128GB internal storage. and a kickstand on the back. My favorite feature, which I hope works as advertised is the removable cover which also functions as a soft-touch keyboard. Approximate weight for the pro version is 2 pounds and it’s nice and thin at a 0.50 inch thickness. The Pro is estimated to have a 6 hour battery life under normal use.
Microsoft’s own in-house Windows 8 RT baked tablet. It offers a 10.6 inch display, 32GB internal flash memory, and the same external features found in the Pro version. The keyboard is sold separately or as an add-on for $100 extra, and the storage can be upgraded to 64GB for an additional $100 on top of that. The Surface RT weighs in at 1.5 pounds and has an estimated battery life of 7.5 hours.
Images courtesy of the devices’ manufacturers
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