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More Hybrid Tablet/Notebooks Vs. Microsoft Surface

The Microsoft Surface is not the only hybrid device of its kind, usable as either a tablet or a notebook computer. In this review we add 3 new products — the Sony Xperia, Acer Iconia W5 and Samsung ATIV Smart PC — to 5 others that we wrote about last week — the Microsoft Surface, Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101, Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx K3011, and HP Envy.


Device Keyboard/Touchpad/Docking Station Dimensions Weight
Sony Xperia Tablet S Xperia Tablet Case with Keyboard 10.71 x 10.24 x 1.57 inches 1.3 pounds
Acer Iconia W5 Keyboard Dock 10.18 x 6.60 x 0.35 inches 1.3 pounds
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Keyboard Dock 11.60 x 7.20 x 0.50 inches 1.9 pounds
Dell XPS 10 Detachable mobile keyboard dock- 92% full size keyboard with dedicated Windows soft keys Gesture enabled trackpad Tablet only: 9.2 x 274.7 x 177.3mm or .36 x 10.8 x 6.98 inches
Tablet only (WIFI): 635g / 1.4lbs.
Tablet only (LTE): 645g / 1.42lbs.
Tablet+dock: 1310g / 2.89lbs.
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Detachable mobile keyboard dock Touchpad input 271 x 176.8 x 12.98 mm 680 gm
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 QWERTY Dock 300.9mm x 188mm x 9.48mm 18.7mm-24.5mm with dock attached 1.5 lbs. tablet, 3 lbs. with optional keyboard
Microsoft Surface Spill proof Touchpad Traditional Typepad 10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37in 1.5 lbs.
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 11.6-inch diagonal HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768) 8.12 x 11.93 x 66 – 76" 3.1 lbs.

Device Battery Life Camera Sensors Wireless
Sony Xperia Tablet S 12 hours 1 MP front
8 MP 1080p rear camera
None specified 802.11a/b/g
Acer Iconia W5 9 hours, 18 hours with keyboard dock 2MP Front-Facing HD Camera
8MP Rear-facing HD camera
Ambient light sensor
Bluetooth® 4.0 + HS
Samsung ATIV Smart PC longer battery life 2.0 MP HD Front Camera
5.0 MP HD Rear Camera
Ambient Light Sensor
Accelerometer Sensor
Compass Sensor
Gyro Sensor
802.11 a/b/g/n
Dell XPS 10 Not specified. Dell promises "all-day productivity" 2MP webcam (front) supporting 720p@30fps
5MP Auto Focus (rear facing)
AGPS (with LTE/HSPA+ configs)
Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth 4.0
LTE(USA) and global HSPA+ options
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 9.5 hours, 16 hours with keyboard dock 1.2 MP Front Camera, 5 MP Rear Camera G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-Compass, GPS WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz; Bluetooth V2.1+EDR
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 8 hours, 16 hours with keyboard dock 2.0M front camera G-sensor, ALS, Proximity sensor, E-compass BT 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Microsoft Surface Not specified. 31.5 W-h battery Two 720p HD LifeCams, front- and rear-facing Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 Up to 7 hours Front and Rear Facing Cameras. 8 megapixel back camera Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor 802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth

Device Operating System Storage Options Processor RAM
Sony Xperia Tablet S Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich 32GB 1.4 GHz Tegra 3.0 1GB DIMM
Acer Iconia W5 Windows 8 64GB 1.5 GHz (1 MB Cache) 2GB
Samsung ATIV Smart PC Windows 8 64GB 1.7 GHz Core i5-3317U 4 GB DDR3
Dell XPS 10 Window 8 RT 32GB or 64 GB
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz DC processor with 32GB Flash Storage or
  • Qualcomm SnapdragonS4 1.5GHz DC processor with 64GB Flash Storage
Not Specified
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Android 3.2 Honeycomb O.S.(4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable) with Adobe Flash 10.2 support 16GB/32GB; Two USB ports, SD and Micro SD card readers NVIDIA Tegra 2 1.0GHz dual-core 1GB
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 Windows 8 RT 32GB/64GB Intel ATOM Z2760 (Dual Core 1.80Ghz) 2GB LPDDR2
Microsoft Surface Windows 8 RT 32GB/64GB Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 Windows 8 RT 64GB SSD Intel Atom Z2760 (1.80GHz) + Intel Graphics 2GB 533MHz LPDDR2 SDRAM

Device Ports Audio Display
Sony Xperia Tablet S Micro-SD
Multi-port for HDMI and USB (Can use only one at a time)
3.5mm Headset
2 on the bottom. Sony didn't specify the exact specs, except saying they ’re not on the sides where the hands can cover them. 9.4"
1280x800 pixels
Acer Iconia W5 1 Micro USB 2.0 Port
1 Micro-HDMI with HDCP support
MicroSD memory slot up to 32GB (SDHC 2.0 compatible)
"High-definition audio support"
Two Built-in Stereo Speakers
Integrated Digital Microphone
1366 x 768 pixels
Samsung ATIV Smart PC 1 Micro HDMI
1 USB3.0
Multi-media Card Reader
Stereo Speakers (1W x 2) SoundAlive
Internal Dual Array Digital Mic
11.6 inches
1920 x 1080 pixels
Dell XPS 10 Micro-USB, Micro-SD, Micro-SIM, 3.5mm headset, 40-pin dock connector (supporting HDMI via adapter) Stereo speakers with dual digital array microphones 10.1-INCHHD Display (1366x768) with capacitive multi-touch
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 Micro SD supports up to 32GB, Micro HDMI, Micro USB, 2 USB 2.0 (on keyboard dock) 3D stereo with max bass response with SRS premium sound IPS panel with 178 degree viewing angle made of scratch-resistant and super tough glass
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011/td> Micro SD supports up to 32GB, Micro HDMI, Micro USB, 2 USB 2.0 (on keyboard dock) Dual built-in stereo speakers, Dual digital microphone, 3.5mm Combo microphone jack 11.6" HD IPS display (1366x768 HD)
Microsoft Surface USB 2.0, MicroSDXC card slot, HD video out port, Cover port 2 microphones, Stereo speakers, Headset jack 10.6" ClearType HD Display (1366x768 pixels) 16:9 (wide screen) 5-point multi-touch
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 2 USB 2.0, HDMI Stereo speakers, Headset jack 11.6" HD LED-backlit IPS Display (1366 x 768)

Device Price Keyboard/Docking Station Total Price
Sony Xperia Tablet S $399 $99 $498
Acer Iconia W5 $599 $150 $749
Samsung ATIV Smart PC $599 $100 $699
Dell XPS 10 $499 $180 $679
Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 $399 $175 (Has built-in battery) $574
Lenovo Ideatab Lynx K3011 $599 $149 $748
Microsoft Surface $499 $119, $129 $618.00 – $628
HP Envy X2 11t-g000 $849.99 Keyboard Included $849.99

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