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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.
Another Windows 8/Intel Clover Trail convertible with a 11.6-inch, 1366x768 screen, there are a few things that distinguish Vivo Tab from the rest of the pack: a Wacom active digitizer for drawing with a stylus, NFC technology and Asus' recent success with making bigger hybrid tablets (the Transformer line). The price (sans $199 keyboard/battery) may be $799 (a 10-inch Nvidia Tegra 3 counterpart may be $599).
For everyone pining for a larger tablet from Apple, the ModBook Pro is here - a 13.3-inch (1280x800) tablet running Mac OS X. The mysterious makers of the ModBook seem to convert MacBook Pros by hand - every order takes 6-8 weeks, and you can even buy their conversion kits if you feel like doing it yourself. My colleague Tony Kueh jokes that the ModBook Pro, which uses a stylus, not touch, for input, should've been "codenamed: Newton." The specs are powerful - 2.5-2.9 GHz Core i5/i7 processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and up to 480 GB of SSD storage. You can also get Windows 7 preinstalled. The prices are commensurate, starting at $3,499 and going up to $4,819. U.S. customers-only starting in mid-November.