Lenovo has pulled back the curtain on a new Windows 8 hybrid called the Miix. Described as a multi-mode device, when docked with an optional folio case with included AccuType keyboard, the 10.1-inch tablet can be used like an Ultrabook. It's driven by a Clover Trail Atom processor, and promises up to 10 hours of continuous use between charges from the 6800 mAh Li-Pol battery. Not bad at all for something that's being priced at around US$500.
Say what you will about Microsoft, but you can't accuse the company of not having a plan. Windows 8
is a loud-and-clear statement about the future of the PC: it's touch-oriented, it's mobile, and it's convergent. The jury is still out on whether customers will wholeheartedly buy into that vision, but several recent devices at least give us more tangible examples of what that kind of future looks like. Let's compare two of the prime examples: Samsung's upcoming Ativ Q
and Microsoft's own Surface Pro
Microsoft's bold, mobile-centric vision for Windows 8
hasn't exactly been universally embraced. But now we might be getting a whiff of the kind of future the company was planning for. Enter the Samsung Ativ Q, a convertible x86 tablet with a thin build and an extremely high-resolution screen. Is this the future, or just another car that flies and floats?
Large-scale multi-touch hardware designer and producer Ideum has teamed up with the Touch Systems division of 3M to launch the Platform 46 range of Windows 8 multi-touch tables. Both the standing-height table and the coffee table feature a 46-inch, bezel-free, 1920 x 1080 resolution LCD display panel and a powerful integrated computer system. They're set to make their public debut at 3M's booth at next week's InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Florida.
In the seven months since Windows 8 was introduced, it's seen its share of criticism, leaving many craving an update to Microsoft's first touch-based desktop OS. Now the company has officially responded to many concerns with the announcement of Windows 8.1
, the first major point update to Windows 8. A preview version will be available towards the end of this month, and Microsoft's Jensen Harris showed off some of the new Windows 8.1 features in the video embedded below.
Asus has unveiled the next step in the evolution of the hybrid note/tablet at the company's "We Transform" press event at Computex 2013 in Taipei, Taiwan. In addition to two CPUs and dual operating systems, the Transformer Book Trio adds a powerful desktop element to the mix. Other devices introduced by chairman Jonney Shih include 6- and 7-inch Pads, a wireless media center and a touchpad mouse.
If you're in the market for a portable Win8 machine, and you don't fancy lugging Lenovo's monster Horizon Table PC
around, you'll likely reach for something more manageable like Microsoft's own Surface Pro
. Should your tastes run to something a little more one-hand-friendly, you'd probably need to abandon the Redmond giant's touch-tastic operating system for iOS or Android. The Iconia W3 from Acer changes that. Introduced at Computex, it's the world's first 8.1-inch tablet running the full-fat version of Windows 8.
Razer has been rather busy of late. While the company is best known for its various gaming peripherals, it is putting some serious resources into dedicated gaming hardware like the Edge tablet
, which we went hands on with at CES
. Now, it has just announced a new version of its Blade laptop, which it is calling the "world's thinnest" gaming Ultrabook.
HP has unveiled what's described as the company's first mobile All-in-One PC. Where your usual AIO dies as soon as you unplug it from the wall outlet, the new ENVY Rove 20 has a built-in 62 Wh battery that allows the Windows 8 multitouch enjoyment to go on without so much as a blip. Though the detailed specs have yet to be announced, here's what we have been able to track down.
Lenovo has revealed that a more powerful version of its Yoga 11 convertible
is earmarked for release next month. Essentially four devices in one, the Yoga 11S will run Win8 Pro and be powered by a choice of Intel's 3rd generation Core i processors.