At this year’s Computex show in Taipei (June 5th-9th, 2012), leading manufacturers previewed the next generation of tablets, ultrabooks, hybrids, and touch screen technology, designed to take advantage of the touch-friendly functionality of Windows 8. Here are a few of the cool gadgets you can expect to see near the end of the year.
Asus Taichi Dual-Screen Ultrabook.
If a tablet and an ultrabook (super thin and lightweight notebook) got married, this could be their offspring. It has dual displays: the one integrated into the top is touch screen, allowing it to function as a tablet when the cover is closed; the second is found opposite the keyboard when you open it like a clamshell, revealing a more traditional notebook. When open, the outside screen can be used either to project what is displayed on the inside by a “mirror” function or used independently, showing different content on each LCD. No pricing or release date has been announced.
MSI Slider S20 Ultrabook.
While at the core it’s a fully functioning touch screen ultrabook with the Ethernet, HDMI and USB ports to prove it, the MSI Slider S20 converts to a tablet with a slide of the screen. When open, there’s a slightly smaller than normal keyboard where you’d expect to find it. To convert it to a tablet, push the screen back until it lies flat and then slide it over the keyboard. What’s left is a light weight tablet with larger than average screen and notebook conveniences. No pricing or release date has been announced.
Samsung Series 7 27-Inch Touch Screen All-In-One.
You read right – 27 inches. It’s a computer built into a massive high resolution touch screen display, meaning there’s no tower. The multi-touch display houses an all-in-one quad-HD desktop PC that responds to voice commands and hand gestures. The 27-inch version carries a $1700 price tag and includes a Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB hard drive. Expect to see it hit shelves at the end of October 2012.
Asus Transformer AiO (All-In-One).
The Transformer AiO is an 18-inch multi-touch display monitor that can be detached from the PC to function as one huge tablet. The display has an ARM processor running an Android operating system, while the base has an Intel processor running Windows. To work away from your PC, simply remove the monitor from its base station and it becomes a wireless display for the PC, allowing users to continue their work so long as the tablet and PC remain on the same local network. It’s set to release some time in the 4th quarter, but no pricing has been released.
ASUS Vivo Tab RT.
This ultra-thin, ultra-light tablet docks with a keyboard with one click. It runs Windows RT, a mobile version of Windows 8 designed primarily for phones and tablets. Tiles are “live” and updated in real time, similar to Windows phones. Equipped with an NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor, transitioning between applications is snappy and fluid. Its unique split screen capability allows for true multi-tasking when you operate two applications simultaneously. For example, watch a movie while simultaneously typing a Word Document. No pricing or release date has been announced.
Acer Aspire S7 Touchscreen Ultrabook.
Can’t wait to get your hands on an ultrabook with a touch screen? The Aspire S7 is a fully functioning ultrabook equipped with either an 11.6 or 13.3 inch touch screen, expected to hit shelves at the end of September. Since Windows 8 isn’t available until October 26th, it’ll come equipped with Windows 7 initially with a Windows 8 “reboot” later. Expect to pay around $1500, though lots of customization is available to increase performance and price.