At the ongoing Computex in Taiwan, which is second largest computer and IT industry trade show in the world, is full of announcement about Windows 8 tablets.
Windows 8 operating system is the latest operating system that is going to be launched in October, and will not just replace Windows 7 but will also become Microsoft’s answer for tablets and will possibly be implemented for mobile phones as well.
There is certain similarity in all the tablet announcements – one is they are all prototypes expected to arrive only by month of October, and secondly the manufacturers are not specifying the precise details of the tablets.
In terms of hardware also, most of the tablets share quite a bit in common. Just like 7 and 10.1 inch is the reigning screen size for Android, 11.6 inch seems to be the size for Windows 8 with most brands opting for that size. A detachable keyboard also looks like the common thread and so is Intel processor.
Samsung has showcased two tablets with detachable keyboards that are scheduled to arrive in markets in October.
The two tablets, called the Samsung Series 5 Hybrid PC and the Samsung Series 7 Hybrid PC, both run Windows 8 and feature 11.6 inch touchscreens. Samsung, however, said the tablets were still in the development stages and offered few technical specs, only saying they would use Intel chips.
Battery life for the tablets will be around 7 hours. The Series 7 Hybrid will also pack more processing power, but the hardware design will be slightly thicker as compared to the Series 5 Hybrid, Samsung said.
Just like Samsung, Lenovo is also tight lipped about the specifications of its tablet. It has only said that the tablet will be based on Windows 8 and will come with 10.1 inch screen with 1366 x 768 resolution. It will be running some unspecified Intel Clover Trail processor.
The Windows 8 tablet of Lenovo is claimed to have a battery life of 10-plus hours. On board, you’ll also find a pair of 2 and 8 megapixel cameras, as well as micro-HDMI and a docking connector. And given the trend with Windows 8 tablets announced so far, we expect it to get a detachable keyboard as well.
Windows 8 based MSI Slider S20 also boasts an 11.6 inch screen, like Samsung’s tab. It has an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) screen and is expected to run Intel Ivy Bridge processor (MSI did not specify the processor). There is a pair of USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and Ethernet.
This tablet, however, can also be grouped together with ultrabooks as it gets a sliding keyboard which is not detachable.
Acer unveiled two Windows 8 tablets. The smaller of the two tablets, the Iconia W510 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen and comes with an attachable keyboard. Once connected, the keyboard can extend the device’s battery life by up to 18 hours, and also be flipped on its back, turning it into a stand that can prop up the tablet.
The second tablet, the W700 has an 11.6-inch full HD touchscreen, and comes with an attachable “cradle”, which acts as a stand to tilt the device at 70 degree or 20 degree viewing angles. The W700 tablet also features three USB ports.
Both the tablets look closer to being a finished product with even pricing being already worked out and is expected to be between $600 (Rs 30,000 approx) to $800 for W510 and $800 to $1,000 (Rs 55,000 approx).
Asus, which makes Transformer Prime Android tablet that comes with a keyboard attachment, seems to have taken that concept a bit further by announcing two new Windows 8 tablet cum ultrabook.
The newly introduced Asus TAICHI is dual screen notebook and a multi-touch tablet. It’s available in two screen sizes, 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch, both of which have double-sided LED-backlit display.
The Asus TAICHI is just like any notebook computer, and comes complete with a full-size Qwerty backlit keyboard and track pad. But it comes with a touch screen on the outside of the lid. Users can close the lid and convert their notebook into a multi-touch tablet computer with stylus support.
The other tablet the Asus Transformer Book is a much bigger convertible tablet with detachable keyboard.
The Transformer Book has an Intel Core i7 processor, SSD and HDD storage, 4GB DDR3 dual channel RAM, and USB 3.0.
The Transformer Book also sports dual cameras, with a HD front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera making it a tool for both photo-taking and video chats. It will also be available in 11.6-inch, 13-inch or 14-inch screens.
Though Dell has announced plans to launch Windows 8 tablets, it has so far not showcased any product. However, it has been reported that Dell is working on Latitude 10 tablet with a dual core Intel processor and a 10 inch touchscreen with a 720 p HD display.
The tablet will also feature a 2 GB of integrated RAM and will come with optional storage options of up to 128 GB. The device will also feature a massive 8 megapixel rear camera while on the front there will be a 2 megapixel camera which will be capable of HD video calling as well.
Though Windows 8 will have a version that will work on popular mobile processor called ARM, most vendors have chosen to go for Intel processors for the tablets. According to Intel as many as 20 Windows 8 based tablets are in the works and are planned for launch during the month of October.