Touch and other new capabilities in Windows 8 are powering the latest hardware innovations coming from Microsoft’s OEM partners, as the devices on show at CES demonstrate.
Windows 8 was launched in October 2012, and there are currently about 1 000 devices certified for the operating system – and about 1 500 due for certification in the coming months.
Among the devices featuring Windows 8 on show at CES this week are:
* The Transformer Book TX300CA from ASUS, a lightweight ultraportable with a 13-inch full HD (1920×1080) IPS display and multi-touch capabilities;
* Sony’s VAIO T Series 15, a 15-inch version of the popular T13 that features built-in HD Webcam;
* Vizio, with a line of notebooks and all-in-ones, including the Thin + Light series now enabled with touch;
* Samsung’s Series 7 ultrabooks, including the Series 7 Chronos and Series 7 Ultra Touch. Both models will feature a full HD (1920 x 1080) display and longer battery life;
* Lenovo’s IdeaCentre Horizon table PC, combining an all-in-one desktop and table PC into one design. It can be used as an HD display or laid flat for a gaming experience. It’s as thin as two DVD cases, and can be outfitted with an Intel Core i7 processor and Windows 8;
* Lenovo’s ThinkPad Helixis a premium convertible that features the company’s “rip and flip” design;
* Dell’s Inspiron 14R, 15R and 17R are getting a refresh making them almost 5mm thinner than the previous generation and including a built-in optical drive, graphics options and fast processors;
* LG’s monitor selection comprises of the UltraWide, ColorPrime and Touch 10, all matched for entertainment, professional applications and touch-based interaction, respectively, and employing IPS technology;
* HP’s Sleekbook line, featuring AMD technology, sports a 15,6-inch diagonal HD display, 1Tb of storage and HP Connected Photo powered by Snapfish;
* Toshiba’s new Qosimo X875 includes a 1Tb hard drive.