Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

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.

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