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Windows 8 Ultrabook tablets dominate IFA

Multi-touch tablets featuring Intel’s Ultrabook specifications were the order of the day at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin this week, with Sony, Toshiba and Samsung amongst those debuting their own versions of the model.

The models come with a price range of between $700 and $1,000 and some are expected to launch alongside Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system in October.

Windows 8 ultrabook tablets: What’s on offer?

The array of ‘hybrid’ devices on offer included HP’s Envy TouchSmart Ultrabook 4 and the Spectre XT TouchSmart Ultrabook. The devices feature 14″ and 15.6″ multi-touch, non-detachable displays. The Spectre also features a Thunderbolt port enabling high-speed peripheral connectivity.

The IFA was an opportunity for Sony to showcase two devices in the Vaio range. The 11” Vaio Duo 11 tablet features a full chiclet-style keyboard revealed by using sliding mechanism, which some have argued echoes the Transformer Slider Android tablet. The Vaio Tap 20 boasts a 20″ touch-screen surface and has been classified by some as an all-in-one desktop.

Samsung have announced the forthcoming launch of the Series 5 and Series 7 hybrid devices, which include Samsung’s S Pen stylus. Both devices boast touch-pad docking stations and a detachable Transformer-style keyboard.

Specifications on the Series 5 include an Atom Z2760 processor with 2GB of Ram and a display with a 1366×768 resolution. The Series 7, on the other hand, offers a more beefed up Intel Core i5-3317U processor and 4GB of RAM, as well as a sharp 1920×1080 display resolution.

Toshiba’s Satellite U925t hybrid features a 12.5in display, Intel Core i5 processor, a backlit keyboard, which is again detachable via a slider system. HP’s Envy X2 offers a maximum of 64GB of on-board storage and is also said to run on a fully-fledged version of Windows 8.

Hybrid devices: A sign of things to come?

As with the ‘phablet’, the mid-way point between a tablet and a smartphone, the new generation of devices that crossover between a laptop and a tablet could give users the flexibility they are looking for, and may ultimately spell the end for traditional PCs and laptops.

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