While smartphone launches stole most of the limelight at IFA 2013, Berlin, tablets were next in line. Every year, IFA serves as a platform to launch the most important products ahead of the holiday season, making it a rather vital event for tech brands who want to see strong sales in the following months.
While heavyweights like Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are keeping their slates under wraps, dozens of other manufacturers went on to display their tablets at the show. Most of these new slates used Android, but we saw a strong number of Windows 8 tablets being launched as well.
With tablets quickly replacing personal computers and laptops at homes and workplaces, the segment is growing into the most powerful platform in our digital space. We've picked our top five tablets at IFA this year.
Panasonic 4K Toughpad
Our first pick is the 4K Toughpad since it has a very unique feature set that goes beyond the done-to-death 8-inch and 10-inch segment. Thanks to its brilliant 3,840x2,560 resolution over a 20-inch screen, this tablet should be great for professionals. You can pick it up in two configurations, a 4GB RAM and 128GB solid-state drive and an 8GB RAM and 256 GB solid-state drive. Both options come with an Intel Core i5 processor. However, given its brilliant specifications, it comes with a hefty price tag. It will retail for 3.8 lakh rupees from November 2013.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
Samsung's brand new 10-inch slate makes the list with ease owing to its powerful specs. With an eight-core processor and 3GB of RAM, it happens to be the most powerful tablet out there. There's also a 2,560x1,600 Retina-like screen, making it a treat for the eyes. The slate comes with an updated S Pen digital stylus and has a leather back just like the Galaxy Note 3.
LG G Pad 8.3
This new LG tablet has been designed to take on the Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini. Using an 8.3 inch screen, it delivers a 1,920x1,200 resolution, thereby allowing it to compete with the Nexus 7 and iPad Mini with ease. However, it doesn't pack Google's latest OS (Android 4.3) and instead uses a 4.2.2 version instead. While other companies allow you to sync your smartphone with a smartwatch, LG has designed things such that you can sync that trusty phone with this slate, thereby allowing you to view texts, call logs and emails from your phone.
Sony Vaio Tap 11
Sony has finally debuted its first Windows tablet and it promises to be brilliant with a wonderful, battery-efficient Hasswell processor. Apart from blussfully long battery life, the tab also offers a solid user experience with its 4GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. With a screen size of 11.6 inches (1,920x1,080 resolution), it also has an 8MP camera, NFC support, a Windows 8 Pro and even a stylus. And yes, just like Microsoft's Surface, this device comes with a kickstand as well, thereby promising a more comfortable typing experience.
Asus Transformer Pad TF701T
One of our favorites when it comes to tablets with detachable keyboards, the new Asus Transformer has a keypad, which comes with a touchpad and built-in battery for extended battery life. There's also USB 3.0 and a nifty little SDXC slot. Its display happens to be a 10-inch screen with a stunning resolution of 2,560x1,600. It runs on a Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor.