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All of these supersized tablets can render web sites, maps and business dashboards gorgeously, without taxing the arm strength of the user (well, in most cases). Not only are tablet makers going big, but they are also bringing back the convertible tablet-laptop, but under a new name, 'laptablet'. Here's a good example: the 11.6-inch, Windows 8-based HP Envy x2. The aluminum-encased keyboard doubles the Envy's "all day" battery life and is removable - hence, convertible - and gives it a near MacBook Pro-like appearance (hence, the envy). The Intel Atom Clover Trail processor (dual-core 1.8 GHz), 2 GB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 64 GB SSD are firmly middle of the range, as is the 1366x768 multi-touch capacitive display. No price yet.
How do you offer a tablet with 32% more pixels than the iPad 3's Retina Display? By offering two 1920x1080 screens (total > 4 million+ pixels) like the Asus Taichi does. Talk about flexible-the Taichi is an ultrabook AND a dual-display tablet in one, with a 13.3-inch screen and a second 11.6-inch one). Why two displays? Asus says this could be for two workers, or to better share slideshows or presentations. The $1,299 price is more than double an iPad 3, but this is a Windows 8 tablet running the a high-end Intel Core i7 chip. Expect your company's alpha dog salespeople to clamor for the Taichi.
Manufacturers of these larger-than-iPad tablets hope that technical and weightsaving advances in touchscreens, chips and batteries, along with Windows 8's mobile-oriented overhaul will finally attract customers - especially enterprises overwhelmed by the iOS-led BYOD invasion. Take this XPS Duo 12 laptablet from Dell. Having used my share of Dell laptops, I'm instinctively wary. But this XPS Duo 12 laptablet looks awesome. Gizmodo agrees. The flip hinge lets your 12.5-inch, 1920-x1080 display rotate 180 degrees to switch between modes. There's Corning Gorilla Glass on the screen, and aluminum and carbon fiber on the case. Windows 8 and Intel Core i3/5/7 guts, along with weight that, like the Lenovo X23T, that will be closer to an actual Ultrabook or laptop. No price yet.