Windows 8 tablets from Samsung, Dell and HP take center stage at IFA

by Doug Drinkwater

August 30 2012

Samsung rolled out a number of Windows 8 tablets in the new Ativ range at IFA
Samsung rolled out a number of Windows 8 tablets in the new Ativ range at IFA

This week’s IFA exhibition in Berlin, Germany has thrown up a raft of new Windows 8 tablets. TabTimes looks at the best of them on show.

Berlin’s IFA consumer electronics exhibition is not due to start until tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped Windows 8 tablets being talk of the town.

And so with manufacturers already using the event to announce their very first Windows 8 models, TabTimes details the best Windows 8 tablets on show in Berlin.

9 of the best Windows 8 tablets at IFA 2012

Asus Vito Tab:  This tablet is available in two versions, Windows RT (the ARM version of Windows 8) and Windows 8 Pro (Intel), both of which have 11.6-inch Super IPS+ displays, detachable keyboard docks and 2GB of RAM.

The Pro and RT editions promise 64GB and 32GB of storage, respectively, and will launch alongside Windows 8 in October, according to Asus.

Dell XPS 10 and XPS Duo 12: The former is a Windows RT tablet with a detachable keyboard and an astonishing 20 hour battery life, while the latter tablet is a convertible 12.5-inch design that boasts an Intel processor and a very similar look to Dell's Inspiron Duo.

HP Envy x2: HP's first Windows 8 tablet is another hybrid device, promising a detachable 11.6-inch HD IPS display, 32GB or 64GB of SSD and NFC support for media sharing. There is also the Dr Dre Beats Audio system, two USB ports and dual-facing cameras.

Lenovo ThinkPad 2: Lenovo announced prior to the show that it would show off the ThinkPad 2 at IFA, and on specs alone this model looks like it could be a winner in business. The model has a 10.1-inch display, an Atom processor and runs Windows 8 Pro. It also comes with128GB of storage, a stylus and a USB port, while a keyboard is an optional extra.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro: Fresh from taking a hammering in the courts and Samsung is arguably the busiest tablet vendor at IFA, where it has unveiled a number of new Windows 8 tablets.

The new Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro are Full HD 11.6-inch Windows 8 (Intel processor) tablets with magnetic detachable keyboards, a stylus, 10-finger multi-touch displays and with batteries that can last for up to 8 hours and 13.5 hours, respectively. USB ports feature on the tablet and the included keyboards.

Samsung Ativ Tab:  Making up the new Ativ range is the Ativ Tab, a model which runs on Windows RT (the ARM version of Windows 8). This tablet has a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution display, features a 1.5GHz processor and runs Office Home and Student 2013 (for access to Word, Excel, OneNote and Powerpoint).

Sony Duo 11: Sony launched a plethora of Windows 8 VAIO devices, including the hybrid Duo 11 tablet. The 11.6-inch hybrid VAIO Duo 11 can work as a tablet or Ultrabook, and offers a fair amount of choice, including 128GB or 256GB of SSD and 4GB or 8GB of memory.

Users can also fit the tablet with the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro OS, and one of three i7 processors. USB 3.0, NFC support and a digitiser stylus all come as standard on a tablet which is to launch in October.

Doug Drinkwater is the International Editor of TabTimes and is based in London, England.

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