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Haswell chips will allow them to be lighter, have a longer battery life and provide PC-like power

The concept of convertible PCs is not new -- but Microsoft wants to boost these hybrid devices into widespread adoption, and Intel is providing the power via its newest member of the Core family, codenamed Haswell.

At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) 2012, many convertibles were on display for some hands-on action. For those who aren't in the know, convertibles are laptop/tablet hybrid computers. According to Kirk Skaugen, vice president of Intel's PC Client Group who gave a presentation today at IDF, these convertibles are becoming increasingly popular (and many believe Windows 8 will only help the cause). In fact, he mentioned that Intel gave users different devices to use for two months, and 44 percent said they'd want a convertible (31 percent wanted clamshell Ultrabooks while 22 percent wanted tablets).

Some of the most notable convertible devices at IDF were Dell's XPS Duo 12, Acer's Iconia W510, and the Toshiba Satellite U925t.

Dell XPS Duo 12

Dell really took the convertible style to another level. It features a 12.5-inch screen that spins within a bezel and lays flat or stands up -- transforming between a laptop and tablet. It will have Intel processors up to Core i7 and Windows 8.

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[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

 
Acer Iconia W510

Acer's convertible entry has a 10.1-inch display with 4 GB of memory and 32 or 64 GB of storage. It features the new Atom processor and, of course, Windows 8. The screen can detach from the keyboard, or be rotated 180 degrees.

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

 
Toshiba Satellite U925t

Toshiba's convertible offers a 12.5-inch IPS display with touchscreen capabilities as well as a Core i5 processor, 128 GB SSD and Windows 8. It's a slider, meaning the display is pushed back until the device is flat, and then the display slides over the keyboard to create a tablet.

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
 

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]
 

[Image Source: Tiffany Kaiser/DailyTech]

While these particular convertibles use Core i5/i7 and Atom processors, Skaugen said that the new 10W thermal design power (TDP) Haswell chips will be geared toward convertibles in the future. This will allow them to be lighter, have a longer battery life and provide PC-like power. The first Haswell processors are due during the first half of 2013.


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By StevoLincolnite on 9/12/2012 10:28:11 AM , Rating: 2
The Dell XPS Duo 12 looks to be an overhauled Dell Inspiron Duo, which funnily enough I wanted when they were released, just that Dell never got around to releasing it in my country; so I opted for a Gigabyte convertible Netbook instead where the screen swivels around 180 degrees.

Hopefully this time around they don't forget the rest of the world and I may consider upgrading when Windows 8 launches. :)




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By Omega215D on 9/12/2012 11:04:56 AM , Rating: 2
I'll be looking at the ThinkPad versions myself.


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By Moishe on 9/12/2012 4:33:53 PM , Rating: 2
None of these look that great to me.... but that is probably at least partially because I don't consider the brands to be good enough to buy.

I already have a netbook that folds over into a "tablet." Hate to say it, but that is not a tablet, it's a laptop/netbook that folds over. They're still very thick, which is un-tablet-like.

A fat, heavy tablet is not a product I am interested in.


Cute toys.
By chromal on 9/12/2012 1:02:32 PM , Rating: 2
Wake me when one can out-compute my i7-3920 desktop system.




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