Holiday Guide: Five Windows Tablets to Keep Your Eyes On

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Holiday Guide 2012Microsoft recently held the formal launch of Windows 8 and Windows RT, two new versions of its iconic operating system designed to run on devices with touchscreens. These have a lot in common, but at least one enourmous difference: only models with Windows 8 can run software written for Winows 7 and before.

Something these two have in common is that these operating systems are so new that almost no tablets running them have actually been released. This means that a “Top 5″ lis is, at this point, a bit theoretical, and is heavily based on our impressions of upcoming models.  


#1 Microsoft Surface RT


Microsoft Surface RTMicrosoft shocked many people, and no few of its licensees, when it unveiled its own line of tablets this summer. The first of these, the Surface RT, launched at the end of October.

It has 10.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display, and runs Windows RT on an ARM-based NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM. It has two 720p cameras.

A version with 32GB of storage costs $500, one with the same storage and a Smart Cover detachabble cover/keyboard is $600, and one with the Touch Cover and 64GB is $700 

Read the Microsoft Surface RT Preview

#2 HP ElitePad 900



HP ElitePad 900An upcoming business-oriented tablet from HP is the ElitePad 900. This model will run Windows 8 Pro on an Intel Atom (Clover Trail) processor. There will be 2GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage

HP is going to offer users the option to buy a keyboard dowck for it, but it won’t be standard. 

Pricing for this tablet has not yet been announced. It’s scheduled for release in January.

Read the HP ElitePad 900 Preview

#3 Microsoft Surface Pro


Microsoft Surface ProMicrosoft isn’t putting all its eggs in one basket — it is also prepping a version of the Surface running Windows 8. This will sport an Intel i5 CPU.

It will have a 10.6-inch display like its sister model, but this is going to have a higher resolution: 1920 x 1080. Its storage capacity is going to start at 64GB.

Microsoft has not yet announced what it’s going to charge for the Surface Pro when it is released early next year.

#4 Dell XPS 10


Dell XPS 10Dell is also throwing its hat into the Windows RT ring with the XPS 10. This tablet has a 10.1-inch touch display with a 1366 x 768 resolution, and is going to include a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor.

There will be 32GB and 64GB options when this product is released in December.

#5 Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2


Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2Virtually every company thatmakes laptops now is going to make a tablet, with Windows 8 being the more popular choice. Lenovo isn’t going to be left out, and will be introducing the ThinkPad Tablet 2 in mid-November.

This is going to have a 10.1-inch display and run an Intel Atom processor, with up to 2GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

It is going to come in at $800 with keyboard and stylus.

 



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