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

August 30, 2012

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.


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