The difference between [the P4] and the [Athlon] die size is frigging huge - AMD's Jerry Sanders III
3. Microsoft Surface Pro
The Surface Pro by Microsoft is yet to be released, but we think it will be one to watch when it debuts in early 2013. Going on the back of how well the Surface RT edition was received this year, we think a more powerful version running the full version of Windows 8 Pro will fill in the gaps that the Surface RT lacked, with a more powerful performance offering in the same sleek and compact design.
Microsoft announced more detailed specs of the Pro in November, stating that it will debut in two editions in the United States and Canada first, one with 64GB of storage, and a second with 128GB. Though UK prices are yet to be announced, if the US prices are anything to go by, it should retail for around £600.
In terms of internals specs, the Surface Pro will run on a Core i5 processor with a 10.6-inch 1920x1080 full HD resolution display, a full-size USB 3.0 port and a full digitiser and ink support with Palm Block technology, making it ideal for designers on the go.
Weighing less than 1kg, being 14mm thick, and having the distinctive touch cover keyboard, all while carrying the Microsoft branding, we have good reason to believe it will do relatively well in the market come 2013.
2. Asus Taichi
Taiwanese computer firm Asus really proved itself in 2012, becoming a better recognised and more established player in the laptop and tablet industry, thanks to the success of its Transformer Pad series of Android tablets such as the Prime and the Infinity that came bundled with a keyboard to "transform" them into laptops.
Asus upped its game once again when it announced the Taichi at Computex in Taiwan: a sturdy and high-end looking hybrid device running the full version of Windows 8.
The design of the Asus Taichi is original to all the others that were announced last year as it has a decent-sized 13in IPS HD front facing screen with an anti-glare matt finish, but spinning the Taichi around, you'll find yet another HD display with a good vibrant colour quality.
On the inside, the Taichi comes with a choice of Intel Core processors, 4GB of RAM and up to 256GB SSD: definitely quick enough to run Windows 8 smoothly.
We are really looking forward to the official release of the Taichi. Though it has been delayed several times, we believe Asus will have got it right when it hits the market, offering consumers a brilliantly specced laptop with a unqiue screen design.
But at £1,200 for a top spec model, its price tag might just be a little too steep to attract those first-time convertible buyers who are yet to trust the construction of a hybrid tablet and laptop device.
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