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Gallery: Seventeen Supersized Windows 8 And Android Tablets

Gallery: Seventeen Supersized Windows 8 And Android Tablets

Summary: As Apple apparently prepares to go small with the iPad Mini, every other tablet maker is going large, bringing out tablets that dwarf the 9.7-inch iPad. Here are 17 interesting, oversized tablets available today or coming soon.

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  • For years, Lenovo was the lonely standardbearer for the convertible tablet/notebook category, its ThinkPad X-series selling well enough for the company to keep making them. How is Lenovo reacting to the sudden rush of competitors? Without panic, if the X230T is any judge. The X230T looks like its predecessors. It is a comparatively chunky (4 pounds, 1.2-inches thick)  but, encased in magnesium alloy, screams durability - a plus for enterprise IT. The 12.5-inch, 1366x768 screen is reportedly outdoor-readable. There are ports aplenty and, for about $1,300, a Intel Core i5 processor. If you trust experience over flash, the X230T may be the way to go.

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  • Not a tablet itself, the MMT Monitor2Go is a multi-touch, 15.6 LED display that you can carry around as a second screen to your tablet. The company calls the 3-lb Monitor2Go perfect for business presentations, and I can see that. Both are connected via HDMI or USB, and have a slot to insert an iPad 2 or 3. The $299 model has 1366x768 resolution. I'd pay $30 more for the 1600x900 version.

  • Maybe Japanese engineers have gotten tired with miniaturizing gadgets, because here is the 2nd tablet-like device greater than 20-inches coming from the island. The maker is Frontier, and the product is the 21.5-inch, 11 lb. Frontier FT103. The FT103 runs Android 4.0 ICS, and the resolution is 1920x1080. But the rest of the specs are lackluster - 1 GHz dual-core ARM chip, 8 GB flash storage. And unlike the Sony VAIO Tap 20, there doesn't seem to be a battery. Hmm, maybe it is, as the makers call it, just a "SmartDisplay." The Frontier costs just US$440, which is good, since you'll need that money to pay for your flight to Japan to buy it, and all of the chiropractic work afterwards. 

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Topics: UberMobile, Android, iPad, Samsung, Tablets, Windows

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  • Interesting, No Windows RT At That Size

    So Windows doesn't really have anything to compete with Android.
    ldo17
    • windows RT

      Does not compete with Android, it competes in the upper end of the market.
      sjaak327
      • Re: “in the upper end of the market.”

        You mean, where the screens are smaller or larger?
        ldo17
    • Windows RT tablets seem to max out at 10 inches

      My take, and pardon if this seems obvious: RT is being pitched for entertainment, content consumption. Size not as big of a deal. It's workers and content creators who'll love the extra real estate most, and that's where full Windows 8 on Intel, with its backwards compatibility, plays best.
      ericylai@...
      • Re: RT is being pitched for entertainment, content consumption.

        Funny, those are things that Android devices do at least as well, and are doing now.

        Which doesn’t stop Android device makers offering larger screens for those who want them.
        ldo17
        • You must be day dreaming or just being another fandroid...

          ... Just point out one single android tablet that offers everything (not a fraction of what) Windows has been offering up to date. That's what I thought.

          Due to it's flexibility, there are now emulators (bluestack being the one I use on my Windows Se7en PC) to use most android applications on Windows Ei8ht Pro tablets; it's only a google away.

          All these RT tablets are just Windows versions of toyPads. The real deal is Windows 8 Pro running on intel. Those are the tablets every IT pro is waiting for, one that offers everything you've been doing on your laptop, simply with added features; no compromises and limitations requiring you to now carry an additional computer.
          MrElectrifyer
  • Resolution?

    As long as any of them have such low resolution, Nexus 10 will beat them all. Compare the 2560x1600 by the 1600x900. Hope laptop makers will soon realize that, until then, I will use my old laptop and buy nothing.
    mypascal
  • These aren't laptablets for the business/power users

    How would the HP Envy x2 qualify as a business laptablet? Unless there's an i5 or i7 processor there's no point discussing these models. I'd argue that the following specs should be in play for business "laptablets":

    11-12" screen, HD display
    i5 or i7 processor (preferably i7)
    4-8GB memory
    front and rear cameras (or at least one high end lens)
    two USB 3.0 ports
    1 VGA port (connecting to 2nd monitor)
    1 HDMI port
    1 Ethernet port
    SD card slot
    Slide-out, attached, or attachable keyboard
    Stylus pen

    Point me to a model that has these criteria and I'm all in.
    uberpooch
    • re: These aren't laptablets for the business/power users

      @uberpooch
      Samsung Ativ smart PC PRO seems to mostly meet your requirements, except I think it has only 1 usb and no vga (but it does have hdmi and you could get a hmdi to vga converter).
      bobsmith12x