Going by what was on display at the 2012 IFA exhibition held in Berlin in Germany, it is apparent that the evolution of computers will continue for a long time to come. The year 2012 has certainly seen several developments particular when it comes to tablet PCs as different computer manufacturers have already made available varied tablet PCs with enhanced functionality. The development of these tablets was certainly in response to the new Windows 8, the highly anticipated Operating System that has kept everyone waiting for its release. The response by computer manufacturers has led to development of Windows 8 platform tablet PC’s and notebooks that are not only attractive but highly functional as well. Below are just some of the top 5 Windows 8 based tablet PCs.
Top Windows Phone 8 Tablets
Lenovo Thinkpad 2
Almost all tablet lovers have been talking about this tablet since its launch. It turns out to be one of the best Windows 8 based tablet PC one can find. Powered by Intel’s Atom Processor, the tablet is not only impressive but also very competitive in terms of price and functionality. The fact that it is powered by Atom Processor also means that it comfortably operates Windows 8 Pro rather than the “simple” Windows 8 RT. Its greatest point is that it supports Android Operating system and Android lovers will simply love it.
The Lenovo Thinkpad 2 tablet PC is one of those tablets that feature the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology that literally transforms the tablet into a portable ATM machine. It also features a Digitizer pen that is handy when it comes to managing the screen.
The tablet’s specifications are simply awesome. Weighing at only 600 grams, the tablet comes with a 10.1 inches display with 720 pixel quality. It has all the other common useful features including either 16 or 32 hard dive storage, 8-Megapixel camera at the rear, 2-Megapixel camera at the front, USB 2.0 port, Bluetooth, Mini HDMI, SIM Card slot, Keyboard Dock, external MicroSD Card slot and half GB RAM. It has 10 hours of battery life.
Samsung Series 5 and 7 Hybrid Tablets
These are hybrids because you can easily convert through folding for a desired view. You can easily flip the screen of both the Series 5 and 7 tablets at 360 degrees. They both feature Windows 8 home button right on the screen for ease of access. Furthermore both series support S Pen input. Both series are already available in the market with Series 5 retailing at around US$650 and Series 7 at around US$1,200.
When it comes to specifications, there is no big difference between the two Series. Series 5 comes along with 11 inch, 1366 X 768 resolutions (11 inch, 1920 X 1080 for Series 7). While Series 5 is powered by Intel’s Core i5 Processor, Series 7 is by Intel’s Core i7 Processor. Their weight also differs slightly with Series 5 weighing at 1.65 Pounds and Series 7 at 1.89 Pounds. They all feature common functionalities including 2 GB RAM (4GB for S-7), 64 GB hard drive storage (128 GB for S-7), 8-Megapixel rare camera at the rear and 2 Megapixel camera at the front (same as in S-7) and two 2.0 USB Ports (same in S-7). Both have external MicroSD memory Card Slots and Bluetooth. However, none has a SIM Card slot. While Series 5 has battery life of up to 8 hours, Series 7’s battery life is up to 7 hours.
Sony Vaio Duo 11 Hybrid
This has turned out to be on of the most impressive tablet now available. Many actually do not know whether it is a tablet or a notebook. It comes with an 11.6 inch full HD display screen with a thin backlit keyboard. It supports the advanced Windows 8 Pro. Noting how well this tablet has been received, Sony has announced that it is about to release an Android version of the same. Like with the Lenovo Tablet 2, this tablet also features Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. Sony seems to have addressed the issue of battery life in this tablet by incorporating an optional sheet-type battery that prolongs battery life. Apart from a digitizer stylus, the tablet also features a LAN socket, something not available in other tablets.
The tablet’s specifications are outstanding. Its 11.6 inches display has 1920 X 1080 resolutions. It is powered by three Intel processors; Intel i3, i5 and i7 processors. The tablet weighs 1.3 kg is available with either 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM. It is also available with either 128 GB or 256 GB of hard drive storage capacity. When it comes to camera, the tablet features 8-Megapixel camera at the rear and a 2-Megapixel camera at the front. It is available with a 3.0 USB Port, MicroSD external memory Card Slot, Bluetooth and mini HDMI. It does not have a SIM Card Slot. Its battery life is between 7 and 8 hours.
HP Envy X2
This is another top tablet that is now available. The good thing with this device is that you can use it as a tablet and a notebook. It comes with a detachable keyboard, literally transforming it into a hybrid tablet. It is available in a full aluminum body casing making it one of the most durable tablets you can find today. Those who have already used this tablet report on its amazing high volume not compared with that of any other tablet. Apart from supporting Windows 8 Pro, it also comes with NFC technology.
This wonderful tablet is available with 11 inches, 720 pixels. It can be powered by either Intel’s i5 or i7 processors. Weighing at 1.6 Pounds, the device has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB hard drive storage. It features an 8-Megapixel camera at the back and a 2-Megapixel camera at the front. It is available with a 2.0 USB Port. The tablet has a MicroSD Card Slot but no SIM Card slot. It has mini HDMI and Bluetooth. Its battery life is at 7 hours.
Dell XPS Duo 12
This is another great device by Dell that you can use as a tablet and a notebook. It is actually a hybrid tablet that switches to notebook mode once you swivel the screen inside its frame. It is a 12.5 inches tablet that supports Windows 8 Pro. You will find it easy to use particularly if you have used the previous Dell XPS 13 hybrid tablet. The body is made of carbon fiber with the rims being of aluminum.
Powered by either Intel i5 or i7, this tablet is available with 12.5 inches, 1080 pixels resolutions. It weighs 1.8 Pounds and has 4 GB of RAM and 124 GB of hard drive storage. It features 8-Megapixel camera at the rear and a 2-Megapixel camera at the front. It comes with two 2.0 USB Ports with MicroSD card Slot external memory. It has Bluetooth and mini HDMI. As for battery life, the tablet can operate for between 6 and 7 hours.
The Dell XPS Duo 12 was released alongside Dell XPS Duo 10, another new tablet that otherwise supports Windows 8 RT. This one is powered by ARM processor and has an amazing 20 hours battery life. It is available with a 10 inch touch display screen and a dockable keyboard. It is much cheaper than the advanced tablet.