ABC looks at Windows 8 hybrids

imageWe saw the Verge’s overview of the current crop of Windows 8 tablets, and today have ABC’s version of the same.

They feature a brief look at the Dell XPS 12, Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13, Toshiba Satellite U925T, Acer Aspire S7 and the Asus Vivo Tab RT.

This time the reception was a lot more enthusiastic, though there appeared to be some price shock, with the expectation currently being that both tablets and laptops are a lot cheaper.

I suspect when consumers are faced with normal laptops and hybrids, this and not anything else will in fact be the biggest barrier to adoption.

Read more at ABC News here.

  • RWalrond

    Interesting, no Surface RT?

    • Monkey D Black

      the last one they showed was windows RT if I’m not mistaken

      • Njoi Roque Fontes

        no, actually it was the asus vivotab rt tablet

      • Jérémie Corpinot

        Surfact RT =/= Windows RT
        Surface RT is the Microsoft’s tablet
        Windows RT is the Microsoft’s OS

  • FavBrowser

    Do you have a hard on for the verge that you keep mentioning them?

  • ellenJ

    The Verge are apple boys, they can’t see any value in anything but apple. They mut be on the Apple gravy train I’d assume, else they are working hard promoting them for nothing. I don’t even read their site anymore, its the same bashing for anything but Apple.

    • Michael

      Joanna Stern used to be on The Verge. I just want to point that out.

      • Tuxplorer

        USED TO BE. That’s the key part. Not difficult to imagine why she no longer works at that vile place.

    • Pacifica1

      See rMBP 13″ review.

  • techieg

    No Surface on this show? I personally don’t like any of the products shown, none of them demonstrate anything to drive adoption. And the one that does, Surface, is not even shown. Sux.

    • Bugbog

      It is surprising that the Surface wasn’t shown. If not for the inclusion of Asus Vivo RT I’d have thought the tech presenter’s producer was trying to sabotage Windows 8 PC’s by only showing the most expensive units!

      No sub $700 devices?

      Acer W510?
      Surface RT?
      Samsung Ativ Tab/Smart PC

  • The__Truth__Hurts

    I have an idea.

    Why not fuse ultrabooks and these hybrid devices into one device?
    Meaning you only have “two” models?
    11 inch & 13 inch
    Display: 1366×768, 1440×900, 1920x1080p options
    CPU: i3, i5, i7 (ULV)
    Memory: 4GB, 8GB
    Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
    Backlit keyboard, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, etc. standard

    Also consumer, school, business, enterprise Ultrabooks/hybrid devices into “one” device.

    Lenovo could have the Yoga
    Dell could have the Swivel

    It will allow them to cheaper produce those and focus on a higher quality device.

    An 11 inch “swivel” with an i3, 4GB memory, 64GB storage, 768p display for as low as $800. Maybe even $700.

    1) attracts more costumers (lower price)
    2) pushes Windows 8 more (touch displays)

  • The__Truth__Hurts

    Another idea: How to make RT devices better.
    Microsoft: Microsoft should basically make ALL of their software for Windows RT.
    Love to have RT, but lack of outlook sort of hurts.

    One the device itself:
    High Quality Material.
    Asus: Use Zenbook material
    Dell: Use XPS material

    Resolution: 1366×768 and 1920x1080p options
    Memory: 2GB
    CPU: Hopefully an A15 quad core CPU or better
    Storage: 32GB, 64GB, 128GB

    Push the Keyboard “dock”:
    ~Backlit keyboard
    ~additional battery
    ~Ports (USB, SD, etc..)

    If I could get a Dell XPS 11 RT with a 1080p display, 2GB memory, Quad Core S4 CPU, 128GB storage, Stylus, and a keyboard dock that is backlit, has trackpad, additional battery (say 20+ hours of battery life together) and is high quality (carbon fiber and/or metal)? It’s sold for me.
    Now, if the software was pure Windows RT and had full office support (outlook) and could run all of Microsoft software out of the box…..?

    I’m sold. Period. I’m sold. Mater of fact, I’ll pay $1000 for a device like this. No joke.

    (High quality tablet: $500 for 32GB, $600 for 64GB, $700 for 128GB. maybe $100 more if it has a 1080p display AND made out of premium material. So, no more than $800 for the tablet itself.)

    (Keyboard dock: $200? Including stylus? That is: premium material, backlit keyboard, trackpad, ports & additional battery)

    Before anyone complains “that is too much”
    $700 for 64GB iPad
    $110 for USB/SD/HDMI adapters (no joke)
    $70 for keyboard.
    $880 total so far (that is with no backlit keyboard, track pad and additional battery)

    You are over $900 once you include iWork (Office comes standard with RT) And that is for a 64GB iPad.

    So, $900 to $1000 for a Dell XPS 11 RT 128GB tablet and dock? Is really a bargain, if you look at it.

    If Dell, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Acer, etc… did this, these RT tablets WILL sell!

    And it will help the RT ecosystem heavily.

    But I think Microsoft needs to make RT able to run ALL the Windows (current) software. Full Outlook support would be killer. I know several offices if they had full outlook support on their tablets, not only would their iPads be trash, but it could replace their laptops they have to lug around and in some cases their desktops on the desk.

  • jimski27

    How about the Asus Q200E i3 – 11.6″ Touch – 4GB Ram – 500GB HD for $499.99 at BestBuy today. A touch laptop for the same price as a base Surface or iPad. It’s not a tablet, but a little more attractive than option 4 when considering price.

  • koenshaku

    Poor choice of devices I was expecting some HP offering to add to the trash bin. I will be fair the Lenovo isn’t that bad for what it is, the screen resolution makes it short of being a good device. They should have had the Asus transformer book and the Surface but it was after all Joanna Stern from the verge / Engadget that hand picked them so you can’t expect too much.