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Overview: which Windows 8 tablets, laptops and all-in-ones are on the horizon?

An overview of current and upcoming Windows 8 devices

Last week Windows 8 was released, and in no-time dozens of hip new Windows 8 devices with touchscreens will hit the market. Tablets, laptops, so-called convertibles and all-in-one PCs with touchscreen have been announced by various manufacturers. There is a good chance the boring uniformity of the PC and tablet market is coming to an end, as different brands now try to create their own identity and look. They're doing their best to design stylish and unique devices to make themselves stand out from the crowd.

Hardware.Info created a round-up of the most interesting Windows 8 devices that you can expect to see. Which tablet, laptop or all-in-one are you looking forward to?

Perhaps the most unique Windows 8 device is the Asus Taichi. It has not one but two Full HD displays. On the back of the traditional laptop display it has another screen, which means when you close the 11.6-inch laptop it turns into a tablet. The Taichi is built around an Intel Core i5 3317U processor with 4 GB of RAM, has a 128 GB SSD and weighs 1,250 grams. You do pay a lot for getting two screens, about £1,370.

The HP Spectre One all-in-one PC the result of stellar design, and will be the flagship model among HP's initial Windows 8 devices. Aside from the striking design and powerful specifications, what stands out is the lack of a traditional mouse. Instead HP has added a wireless multi-touch touchpad. That said, you can always connect a mouse if you want to. The Spectre One is a 23.6-inch all-in-one with an aluminium casing and tilting Full HD display. The precise specs have not yet been revealed, but it's certain that it will run on third-generation Intel Core processors. This all-in-one does not feature a touchscreen, hence the inclusion of the touchpad. The lack of a touchscreen makes the Spectre One very thin with 11.5 mm. The price will be around £1,130.

Lenovo also has a laptop that can be converted to a tablet, but has taken a different approach with the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga. Like the name suggests, the device can be bent over backwards in order to use it as a tablet. The keyboard is automatically disabled, so you can safely put the laptop-turned-tablet in your lap or on the table. The device weighs a bit less than 1.5 kg and has a 13.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1600x900 pixels. That is a high resolution for a tablet. The processor is an Intel Core i5 3317U, and Lenovo promises a battery life of up to 8 hours. The Yoga costs around £970.

Sony is taking a different approach than the competition. The Sony Vaio Duo 11 is a 11.6-inch slider, where the keyboard slides underneath the display. The convertible Ultrabook weighs 1.3 kg, is less than 18 mm thick and has a Full HD touchscreen. This model comes with a stylus, this feature seems to be making a come-back. What stands out with this model is that the 11.6-inch IPS display has a Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It runs on an Intel Core i5 3317U Ivy Bridge processor, 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD and features USB 3.0. Sony includes Windows 8 Pro instead of the standard Windows 8 version. The Vaio Duo 11 is available for around £1,130.

There are many more Windows 8 devices out there, you can read about them in the full article on Hardware.Info.

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