Consumer electronics-maker and PC-dabbler Vizio has launched its latest computing device: an 11.6-inch Windows 8 PC-based tablet for $600 (MT11X-A1). The slate features a generously-sized 1080p display, 64GB SSD, 2GB and an AMD Z-60 APU. Pair that up with a 2MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers and Micro HDMI/USB ports and you have yourself a tablet-sized PC, at least in most senses of the word.
Although the AMD Z-60 its packing is a last-gen part (i.e. Hondo, not Temash), its Radeon HD 6250 should deliver more graphics gusto than most tablets. In terms of computational power though, it should be comparable to Intel's Clover Field -- an okay but not stellar performer that is slated to be quickly overshadowed by upcoming fanless Intel Haswell and AMD Temash options.
Weighing in at 1.8 pounds, the MT11X-A1 is a substantial slab of tablet. By comparison, the 10.1-inch Nexus 10 weighs in at just 1.33 pounds and the third-gen iPad tips the scale at 1.44 pounds. With beefier AMD-based internals though and a 1.5-inch larger screen, the slight bump in heft seems well-justified. The chassis looks sleek (0.4-inch thin) and features an aluminum design with a soft-touch back.
Presumably in an effort to keep the tablet thin and as light as possible, Vizio has packed an unimpressive (but not bad) 33.3 Wh internal battery. A bigger battery though would have been nice to offset the inclusion that Hondo-based APU. As a result, Vizio is advertising "up to 5 hours" of battery life.
The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 is powered by a dual-core Intel Atom Z2760 1.8GHz CPU with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. The ThinkPad 2 sports 10.1in touchscreen display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. Last but not least, the ThinkPad 2 runs Windows 8 Pro.
The Microsoft Surface Pro offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface Pro is powered by a Core i5 with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and a miniDisplayPort. It also comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus with palm-rejection technology that magnetically clips to the charging port, and a Full HD (1920 x 1080) display instead of the 1366 x 768 variety on the ARM-based model.
The Microsoft Surface RT offers the flexibility of a Windows 8-based tablet as well as an ultrabook-like computer. The Surface RT is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra processor, 2GB of memory, a 1,366x768 wide-screen display, and Windows RT. Other features include a USB 2.0 port, HDMI-out, and a vapor-deposited magnesium chassis.
The Google Nexus 10 features Android 4.2 with a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip paired with 2GB of RAM, as well as a 10-inch screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution, clocking in at 300ppi. There’s also a 5MP camera on the back, a 1.9MP camera on the front, and a battery that Google says runs for 9 hours. Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
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