This year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin was all about Windows 8 and hybrid PC+ tablets. Most of the technology giants focused on the hybrid concept. And as a result many PC/tablet hybrids were unveiled at the show. So let us have a look…..
Sony Vaio Duo 11:
Well-known for its innovative designs Sony has continued the trend with the Vaio Duo 11, Duo Ultrabook has a sliding design, it has a hinge that slides the keyboard in, turning it into a tabletIt is powered with Windows 8, andone can choose to slide the screen up at an angle, revealing a full qwerty keyboard. Duo sports a 11.6 inch screen and weighs about 1.3 kg. The display units have a separate supplementary battery. A digitised stylus is included in the tablet device. Duo 11 boosts of Sony’s new Clear Audio+ sound technology for a an improved sound experience when listening to music or watching video.The device is equipped with either a 128GB or 256GB solid state drive, 1080p widescreen display, and you can opt for the versions of Intel i3, i5, or i7 processors. No price has yet been revealed.
HP Envy x2:
Recently in California HP the world’s top PC maker announced three consumer notebooks, which include a uniquely designed hybrid PC – Envy x2, an 11-inch tablet that comes with a keyboard dock. With the advantages of two devices in one the HP ENVY x2 is a powerful and ultrathin hybrid PC. To dress up this Hybrid with higher-end features, HP has used an aluminum build, NFC, pen support, Beats Audio and a 400-nit, IPS display. The tablet alone measures about 8.5mm thick and weighs .68 kg, and the dock weighs .72 kg. The device unlike its competitors combines magnets and a mechanical latch to keep the tablet from falling out of its dock. This one stylish, lightweight device gives the consumers the freedom of a tablet and the power of a notebook. The Envy x2 runs an Atom-based Clover Trail processor. There is no word about the tablet’s battery life. But the dock has a built-in battery of its own, so there is definitely some reserve power there. The dock has support for two USB ports, HDMI output and a full-size SD slot. The device also features an 8-megapixel camera on the back of the tablet and a front-facing HD camera and microSD slot, if the 64GB of built-in storage isn’t enough. Sharing and staying connected with friends and family is now also made very easy with the HP ENVY x2. A new HP Connected Photo application seamlessly syncs photos across multiple devices and it even offers basic editing options and instant-sharing capabilities for social networks. Near Field Communication (NFC) technology lets users share content that includes photos, contacts and URLs, with just a simple tap. Right now, it is unknown how much the Envy x2 will cost, or when, exactly, it will go on sale.
Toshiba Satellite 925t:
Toshiba unveiled a series of new computer devices, including a tablet-ultrabookhydridduring the IFA conference in Berlin. Satellite U925t is a tablet-ultrabook hybrid. The device employs a sliding mechanism which converts into a tablet when a user slides the display back and runs as an ultrabook when the display slides up.But one strange thing about the satellite U925t is that the display folds up, instead of down. Of course it is powered by Windows 8. Hybrids have become popular in the tech world, appealing to consumers who are looking for a lightweight device that can double as a tablet. The Satellite 925t’s robust specs consist of a third-generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Rapid Start, Intel HD 4000 graphics and 128GB solid state drive and fast DDR3 1600MHz memory.The 12.5-inch diagonal HD touchscreen is made from Corning Gorilla Glass and weighing only 3.2 pounds and measuring just 0.78 inches thick.It sports a front HD webcam, as well as a rear 3MP webcam with auto-focus. The ports and buttons include Bluetooth v4.0, an HDMI port,3.5mm headphone jack, a button for turning off auto-rotation, and a volume rocker and two USB 3.0 ports.Toshiba hasn’t released pricing info yet.
Dell XPS Duo 12:
Dell’s XPS Duo 12 is another fascinating hybrid design;it has a 12.5-inch swiveling touchscreen display. Spin the screen to move its face outward and close the device, and you have a tablet. Open the XPS Duo 12 and spin to move the screen inward, and it becomes a standard laptop. Right now it’s tough to say more, since Dell hasn’t released any specs beyond saying that the XPS Duo 12 will have a 1920 x 1080 display. There’s a Full HD touch screen display, edge to edge glass. These hybrids have many advantages over the traditional laptops or ultrabooks. Now we have to wait and see do these hybrids grab the technology market or not….