It’s called a Trio, but it’s more like two computers in one. Asus’s unique tablet take: a machine that runs both Android and Windows 8 operating systems, switchable by a hot key when the device is connected to its keyboard/dock. (It only runs Android when it’s in tablet mode.) There’s an Intel Core i7 for the Windows side and a 2GHz Intel Atom powering the Android duties. A terabyte of hard drive lives in the dock, while the tablet body has 64G of flash memory.
Dell XPS 12
Dell’s eye-catching XPS 12 builds on the strength of last year’s original – the uniquely hinged display that converts from ultrabook to tablet – with more battery life. It’s available with up to 8GB of RAM, a Core i7 processor, and 256 megabytes of solid state memory.
Acer Aspire S7
Available in a Gorilla Glass 2 finish or aluminum, Acer’s newest Aspire runs Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system on an Intel Core i7 processor. The top-of-the-line version has 4 GB of RAM, 256 MB of solid state hard drive and a 13.3-inch, 1920×1080 multitouch screen.
Sony VAIO Duo 13
Sony updates its slider tablet, the Duo, with a bigger screen at 13 inches over its predecessor’s 11. It comes in carbon black or carbon white finishes and runs Windows 8. Sony is claiming a 10-hour battery life for the Duo, and its rear-facing camera doubles as a scanner.
Toshiba announced three new Android 4.2-based tablets at the show. The higher-end Excite Pro and Excite Write both have 2500-by-1600 displays, while the lower cost Excite Pure has a lower resolution display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. The Write also packs a pressure-sensitive stylus and, like the Pro, 2GB of RAM and 32G of memory.
The Sonostar Smart Watch connects via Bluetooth to an Android of iOS device, allowing users to check messages, connect to social networks, and more. It’s sleek design takes advantage of a 1.73-inch flexible E-Ink screen, which allows a lower profile.