The big, wide world of Windows 8 hardware
13 new Windows machines that aren't Surface RT
By Alex Cocilova | Techworld | Published: 17:44, 25 October 2012
Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has been consuming our daily news cycles lately, but there are plenty of other manufacturers fighting for attention as we approach the Windows 8 launch day on 26 October. Luckily, Microsoft's partners (we can still call them that, right?) are all providing some truly unique and intriguing hardware options. They're not getting the attention of Surface RT, but who knows, maybe one of the following 13 machines is really the new Windows device to beat.
HP Envy x2
This detachable 11.6-inch tablet feels more like a conventional clamshell laptop when attached to its dock, using magnetic and physical latches to keep a firm, secure grip. However, detach it and enjoy a tablet with 1366-by-768 resolution and built-in accelerometer and gyroscope. This is HP's first dabbling in the tablet market since the failure of the TouchPad, but it looks like the company is coming out swinging.