Should you buy a tablet or hybrid laptop? AMD says it’s a no-brainer

by Doug Drinkwater

May 13 2013

AMD thinks that convertible laptops -- like HP's Envy x2 -- are going to be hot in future
AMD thinks that convertible laptops -- like HP's Envy x2 -- are going to be hot in future

Standalone tablets are so old school -- a senior executive from chipmaker AMD thinks that hybrid laptops are the way forward.

When speaking to press at a company conference recently, AMD’s UK Retail Business Manager Andrew Muscat explained the limitations with tablets, something he claims will drive consumers towards devices that can operate as a tablet or notebook.

"You're going to see a shift I think,” Muscat told British gadget magazine T3. “While tablets are good, you're still restricted when it comes to content creation; there's always going to be a need for notebooks.”

"I think it's moving a lot more towards taking tablet technology and effectively turning it into notebook technology."

Muscat went onto note that he thinks hybrid laptops will overtake tablets in popularity within the next two to three years, a claim which maybe even bolder than the recent prediction from BlackBerry boss Thorsten Heins.

Heins said last month that there would be no reason to own a tablet by 2018.

“In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore,” Heins told Bloomberg. “Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”

Hybrid laptops/tablets have certainly come into the spotlight since the start of the year, with vendors like Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Toshiba leveraging Microsoft’s cross-platform Windows 8 operating system to launch devices that can function as a laptop (with a dock-able keyboard) or detachable tablet.

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  • John Swain
    1 year 6 months ago

    Yes, leave the wide screen and keyboard in the workplace and home while you carry a phablet with you that can be used to update files while traveling on the train. All files are cloud accessible and the next generation of phablets are just as powerful as your laptop carried in your pocket rather than a computer bag.

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