Hybrid laptops have been available for quite some time now, giving us a taste of the supposed greatness that Windows 8 will bring. Bridging the gap between touch-based interfacing and the traditional keyboard-and-mouse layout on a full-fledged personal computer operating system, Microsoft’s upcoming OS is expected to revolutionize the whole PC landscape. Hybrid laptop-tablets are designed to offer the best of both laptops and tablets. Combining touchscreens and full-size keyboards, Windows 8 hybrids are the next big thing.
Whether Windows 8 becomes the next standard or merely a transitional interfacing experiment remains to be seen. That said, the hype surrounding its release and eventual impact on the desktop and laptop crowd is getting more palpable as its October release date approaches.
Here are top 5 best upcoming hybrid laptops that are touted to be fully optimized for Windows 8 OS. Take note that while they have been demoed a number of times already in various tech shows, it’s only with the release of Microsoft’s OS that they will be able to prove their mettle.
Dell XPS Duo 12
The Dell XPS Duo 12 features a very slim chassis thanks to its magnesium alloy bezel. Upon first glance, it looks just like any other laptop, opening up and closing via hinges between its two chassis halfs. However, the XPS Duo 12’s fully-rotatable HD screen can be swung face up to turn the laptop into a tablet.
Toshiba Satellite U925t
The Toshiba Satellite U925t is equipped with an Intel Core i5 CPU. It also features a sliding design where the user slides the Gorilla Glass-enforced screen upwards to reveal a full-sized, backlit keyboard and touchpad. Needless to say, sliding the screen up switches the computer into laptop mode, and sliding the screen down switches it back to tablet mode. The Satellite U925t also features a high MP camera on the back of its casing.
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Just like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the ASUS Taichi is probably the one that will intrigue people the most. It utilizes a dual-screen design that has both screens back-to-back on a single frame. The two screens work independently, setting up the possibility of having both show two different things at any given time. This tandem usage teases us just enough about what else Windows 8 might bring to PCs.
The Taichi sports an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU. Its casing is constructed of aluminum, and its screens are both 1080p.
Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga
Like its namesake, the Yoga’s design has its upper half (the one with screen) bend all the way back to turn it into a tablet. That’s the least impressive of its features, though.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is powered by the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processor and a whopping 8 GB of RAM. Moreover, it houses these laptop parts inside a chassis that’s just 0.67 inches thick and 3.1 pounds in weight.
On a side note, a version optimized for Windows RT will also be made available; this one carrying an ARM NVIDIA Tegra CPU instead.
Of course, Microsoft won’t have itself left out of the race. It has a hybrid laptop of its own in the works. Called the Microsoft Surface tablet, this hybrid has a metallic build to go with its slim touch cover keyboard. When in laptop mode, it has a built-in kickstand to prop it up; and when in tablet mode, simply collapse everything in together.
Like the Toshiba Satellite, the Surface’s screen is coated with Gorilla Glass; and like the Lenovo IdeaPAd, it will be available in two variants: One for Windows 8 with an Intel CPU, and another for Windows RT with an ARM processor.
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