PC manufacturers have constantly brought in a lot of innovations in the laptop, Notebook and Ultrabook sections. The fast moving technological advancement and innovation is such that it gets outdated in lesses than 6 months. Moreover, the competition has got so much stiffer that to become the first one to get the best innovations in its device, the manufacturers tend to bring out at least one or two device in every 3 months. Asus and Acer proved the trend in the Computex 2013 when they announced multiple devices.
Moreover, there are different OS featuring in different convertible devices these days with Windows RT and Windows 8. Windows RT doesn't run the older desktop applications but instead, it can only run apps from the Windows Store. Microsoft does throw users a substantial freebie in the form of its Office 2013 suite, which is bundled free with every Windows RT device.
Another positive aspect is that these devices are generally more power-efficient than typical PCs, as they are powered by ARM CPUs more often seen in mobile devices. Windows 8 on the other hand, has been the Microsoft's most famous OS. The platform is actually seen in all media possible. The famous Metro UI with the tile format of apps layout in the Windows 8 has now become a major USP of the OS. The Nokia Lumia series has the same UI layered in it. More over, the preview version of the Windows 8.1 is also available, which means the update awill come anytime within this year.
However, today GizBot has come up with the top 5 convertible laptop PC that runs on either Windows RT, Windows 8 or Android Operating System and obviously falls in the high end price segment. Here below in the slides are the brief rundown on the configuration of the top 5 hybrid devices:
HP Envy X2
The HP Envy X2 convertible tablet has an 11.6 inch multi-touch screen with a resolution of 1366 x768 pixels. It is powered by a 1.8GHZ atom processor and comes with NFC support. The device sports an 8MP camera and a pen for writing and drawing as well as a microSD card slot and 3.5mm headphone jack.
Other features include a secondary battery in its keyboard which will give the user up to 14 hours of operation - without the dock that connects the keyboard the Envy has an eight hour battery life plus two full size USB ports, a HDMI and SD card slot. Owners will be able to store a decent amount as the tablet has 64GB SSD and although it runs on Windows 8 OS is also supports Android and iOS operating systems. The device is priced at Rs. 59,990 in India.
Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13
The Idea Pad Yoga 13 looks like a standard laptop, but the 13 inch screen with 1600 x 900 resolution can fold back on itself to enable owners to switch between a tablet and laptop. The device comes with a HD Plus IPS Display with Wide Viewing Angle and 10 Point Multi-touch. Weighing just 1.54kg, it has 4GB RAM and Intel Core i5 processor clocked to 1.8 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 2.7 GHz. The convertible tablet comes with one USB 2.0 port, one USB 3.0 port and a full -sized SD card slot plus a 128GB SSD. The Yoga runs on Windows 8 with a battery life up to 8 hours. The convertible device is priced at Rs. 79,990.
Asus Vivo Tab RT
The Asus Vivo Tab RT sports a 10.4 inch IPS+ display with 16M colors and offers 1366 x 756 pixel resolution and comes with a USB 2.0 port. Other features include a micro SD card slot and HDMI port. The tablet comes with a rear 8 MP camera with a LED flash and a front facing 2MP camera. The device is powered by NVIDIA Tegra3 quad core processor clocket to 1.3 GHz and runs on Windows RT OS. The Asus tablet has a battery life of eight hours and hard drive size of 32 or 64 GB. Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, 2GB RAM, Wi-Fi support and a GPS are also part of the deal. To talk about dimension it measures 262.5 x 170.9 x 8.3 mm and weighs 525 g. The device is price at Rs. 47,427 in India.
Sony VAIO Duo 11
VAIO Duo 11 comes with a 11.6 wide Full HD screen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It features a TFT colour display along with VAIO Display Plus, LED backlight and OptiContrast Panel. The convertible device is powered by a Intel Core i5-3317U Processor clocked to 1.70 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.60 GHz and runs on Windows 8 Single Language 64 bit. The device comes with a smooth transformation between slate and PC mode thanks to the Surf Slider mechanism. Users can use touch operation in the slate mode and regular PC operation in the keyboard mode. It is also packed with Intel HD Graphics 4000. It houses a 4GB RAM and comes with an inbuild HDD 128GB (Flash Memory). The device is priced at Rs. 81,000.
With the lid open, this latest Asus Taichi looks like a normal Windows 8 ultrabook with a 13.3 inch HD screen. It has an Intel Core i7 processor backed by 4GB DDR3 RAM, and a 256GB SATA solid state disk. The screen that faces the keyboard is a 1920 x 1080 pixel display. Sometimes a display is just a display. There's no touch panel on this one. But if you close the lid you'll find another 13.3 inch full HD screen. And this one is a touchscreen. So with the lid closed, you can effectively use the Taichi 31 as a Windows 8 tablet. You can also use both screens at the same time. For example you can open the lid so the touchscreen is pointing at someone sitting across the table from you. They can watch a video while you compose an email message. Or you can play a game together. The ASUS Taichi 31 is pretty light for a notebook, but to be considered as a tablet it is way too heavy. This cool Hybrid Device is priced at Rs. 139,999 in the Indian market.