The huge curved smart TVs with 4k resolution may have stolen the limelight at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year in Las Vegas, but this doesn't mean there were no innovations in tablets, a rapidly evolving product category. Here are our picks from the plethora of tabs showcased at the event.
1. Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1: Panasonic is aiming at the enterprise segment with light, thin and rugged Windows tablet, which weighs in at 540 gm. It has a seven-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen display (1,280 × 800 pixels) and the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. Powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5 vPro processor and an Intel Celeron chipset, the device has 4 GB RAM, which can be extended up to 8 GB.
2. Samsung Galaxy PRO: Samsung announced the Galaxy Note PRO and TabPRO line of tablets at CES this year. The new line-up features four tablets - the Galaxy NotePRO and Galaxy TabPRO (both 12.2 inches), the 10.1-inch Galaxy TabPRO, and the 8.4-inch Galaxy TabPRO. These tablets will have three connectivity options: Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi and 3G, and Wi-Fi and LTE. The 12.2-inch NotePRO will come with an S Pen, while the rest will be without the S Pen option.
3. Asus Transformer Duet TD 300: This quad-mode, dual-OS laptop/tablet convertible rolls many gadgets into one. It lets users switch between Windows and Android, in laptop or tablet mode, in just four seconds, at the push of a button.
4. Lenovo MiiX 2: This 10-inch device can be used in three modes - laptop, stand and tablet. It runs Windows 8.1, and has a detachable AccuType keyboard. With a thickness of 0.36 inches, it weighs 590 gm. It has the new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor and integrated Intel HD graphics. The rear camera is 5 MP, and battery life is eight hours.
5. Micromax LapTab: Home-grown Micromax brought its LapTab to CES. This is its first Intel-powered tablet to have a dual-boot OS (Android and Windows 8). It is powered by Intel's Bay Trail-M, among the first devices with that chipset. It uses the 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron N2805 processor, and runs both Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and Windows 8. However, one has to reboot to switch between operating systems.