Increasing demand for portable laptops have opened up a new segment in the mobile industry dubbed the 2-in-1s, which are often referred to as Convertibles by various OEMs.
While the 2-in-1 or the detachable tablets as they are popularly called, haven't tasted enough success as of yet so as to drive the conventional laptops to extinction, but they have still gain a phenomenal traction. So here is a list of top 10 2-in-1 hybrid tablets which you can opt for, to replace your heavy laptop.
Newly incepted smartphone cum tablet maker recently launched their first 2-in-1 Hybrid device at an event graced by their brand ambassador Sachin Tendulkar in Delhi. Sporting a 12.2 inch WQXGA (2560x1600p) upfront, the Smartron t.book 2-in-1 hybrid is powered by a Intel Core M chip with a peak clockspeed of 2GHz. Besides that, the hybrid comes with 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 3 USB 3.0 ports, 1 USB Type C port and a large battery capable of delivering 10 hours of juice.
Homegrown OEM Lava recently launched this 2-in-1 Hybrid in India at a highly competitive price of Rs 15,999. It features a 10.1 inch WXVGA display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixel. Under the hood the tablet is powered by an Intel Atom SoC with four cores clocked at 1.3GHz each. This is backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. Apart from that the 10.1 inch tablet also comes with a full sized keyboard which can be docked onto the device very easily.
Despite being the most popular offering in the detachable tablet segment, it is the costliest too. At Rs 89,900 the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 features a 12.3 inch Full HD display which comes with high contrast and low glare thereby allowing you to use it undeterred in brightly light conditions. In terms of specs the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is powered by a mainstream 6th gen Intel i5 SoC, 4GB RAM and 128GB of memory.
The Acer One 10 is a similar offering from the Taiwanese maker. In terms of specs the convertible is similar to the Micromax LapTab. It is powered by the Intel Atom Z3735F quad core chip. Besides that, it has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
This 10.1-inch convertible from Micromax is the most popular choice among budget buyers. Powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F chip and 2GB of RAM, the Micromax LapTab has enough juice drive your day to day workload. In terms of storage the convertible comes with a modest 32GB of built in eMMC. However, there is also a room for memory expansion via MicroSD card slot. Just like the other Lava Twinpad and the Surface Pro 4, the Canvas LapTab runs on Windows 10 OS.
While Datamini isn't quite a big name in the consumer electronics space, especially in India, it's worth noting that they are the only OEM to offer a dual bootable device. The Datamini 2-in-1 dual boots between Windows 10 and Android Lollipop 5.1. It packs a 10.1 inch display upfront with a resolution of 1280x800p. Under the hood the tablet is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F SoC with four cores clocked at 1.33GHz. This coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage.
To compete with the Windows powered Hybrid, Apple has launched their iPad Pro last year. Recently Apple launched a new 9.7 inch iPad Pro to come with the smaller hybrids available in the market. The larger iPad Pro on the other hand sports a 12.9 inch display with a resolution of 2048x2732p. The hybrid tablet powered by iOS 9.3 sports an Apple A9X chip dual core chip clocked at 2.26GHz on the inside. This is backed by 32/128GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM.
Huawei recently announced their first Windows powered convertible at the CES 2016. The Matebook is powered by an Intel Core M chip (either M3, M5 and M7). This is complimented by 4GB/8GB of RAM along with customizable storage of 128-512GB. Upfront the 2-in-1 sports a 12 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560x1440p. While it might not be as sharp as the one found on the Surface Pro 4 (2736x1824p) or the iPad Pro (2732x2048p) but it surely gets the job done and that too in a good way.
With the Galaxy TabPro S, Samsung tries to integrate the best of both worlds by giving users the most popular features of laptops and tablet. In terms of specs the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S sports a 12 inch QHD (2160x1440p) Super AMOLED which deliver deeper colour contrasts with 94 percent of natural tones. At 6.3mm the TabPro S is one of thinnest tablet around and is powered by a 6th gen Intel Core M processor (Dual Core 2.2GHz). This is strapped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB SSD. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S also comes with a 5MP AF rear camera and 5MP selfie snapper.
Chromebook Pixel is the recently announced Chromebook laptop cum convertible by Google. It squeezes a whopping 4,352,000 pixels into a 12.85-inch display at a 2560 x 1700 resolution. That, maths-fans, gives it a density of 239 pixels per inch.