What's up with all the notebook, netbook, hybrids? I couldn't find any device that is like Surface from other OEM. Are they just giving up because MS is making the surface? Or are they too slow to catch up after MS announced Surface? Or I just didn't see them?
The Lenovo IdeaPad YOGA coming out is the only other one I've seen that compares to the quality of the Surface.
Not sure what you mean by "like Surface", because even the surface can be seen as a hybrid. There's actually several tablets announced, though. For instance, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC: http://reviews.cnet.com/handheld-devices/samsung-ativ-smart-pc/4505-3127_7-35478151.html. It resembles an Ultra book a lot more than the Surface does when't it's docked to the keyboard, but it undocks into a full-on tablet mode. It's actually a quite nice looking device, IMO. Maybe even a better device for road warriors, given that it does have a more traditional laptop mode. Casual users will likely be more attracted to the Surface, but corporate/business users may be better served by the Ativ, while still benefiting from the tablet form factor in casual situations and in board meetings.
This one is more like Surface because it can detech keyboard completely. I think having keyboard as accessory makes the tablet smaller and more comfortable for casual use.
I'm still struggling with the idea of not having a stylus. I don't like the idea of buying the full x86 device just to get an active digitizer. I know the digitizer probably adds a lot of thickness, and I'm interested in carrying around the ARM devices because of the reduced weight and size. Maybe I'll end up with two.
I believe that the Haswell chip from Intel will be out in about 9 months. Should produce some compelling x86 devices.
Imagine what devices will be like when Intel produces chips using their projected 5 nm process node technology, compared to today's 21 nm. That's a 4 x 4 = 16 fold increase in power / efficiency. Not due till 2019 though.
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