A good number of the new tablets will be those that can transform themselves into Ultrabooks when needed. But there will be some standalone Windows 8 tablets too, among them the two Surface models from Microsoft, the Ativ Smart PC from Samsung and the ASUS Vivo Tab RT.
Windows 8 could bring high-end gaming to the tablet as Nvidia showed with the Unreal Engine 3 demo in Berlin. The new tablets will run full engines and not modified mobile versions. The Dell XPS10 and the Samsung devices will run on the Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm, which the company claims can “leverage ARM CPU architecture”.
Then there is a lot of buzz about a smaller, seveninch, iPad. Though you cannot start speculating about an Apple product until you have one in your hand, this screen size could send shivers down the spines of tablet makers who enjoy a market share just because of their preference for a peculiar size.
It is unlikely that the tablet will get any thinner. However, there is a lot of discussion on making devices that are rugged and weatherproof as touch devices are not being used in many scenarios.