While Windows 8 might be off to a somewhat slow start, those who have embraced the new OS understand that with it will come many changes to the way we use devices like laptops. With Windows 8, we continue to see hybrid devices that utilize touch technology and the ability to convert into to tablets.
The way these next-generation hybrid devices work and look certainly can vary. Now LG brings us an 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet that works a bit like a slider smartphone. The tablet looks like an ordinary tablet, until you slide out the keyboard and use it more like a notebook.
Unlike a slider phone, the slider tablet does bring the “screen” portion into an angle, making things like typing much easier.
The new tablet/laptop is called the LG Tab-Book H160 and will be shown off at CES. You can also grab one from South Korea and have it shipped to the US, but it will cost you $1395 to do it. Hopefully it will be much cheaper once it is readily available outside its home market of South Korea.
The H160 is just .6-inches thick, weighs around 2.3-pounds and offers 12.5 hours of battery life. The convertible/hybrid is powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and has a 64GB SSD. Other specs include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI and microSD.
A premium version of the hardware will also be available with a Core i5 processor, though likely it will sacrifice battery power in the processor. This more expensive model will be called the Tab-Book Z160. The LG H160 and Z160 aren’t the first sliders we’ve ever seen, but they are certainly attractive looking tablets and if priced right might actually do reasonably well.
The only major limitations to this design is that it is heavier than a tablet and doesn’t have a trackpad, but for some users this might not be a big deal.
If priced comparably to other Atom-based Windows 8 slates and laptops, would you consider LG’s latest offering? Or instead are you interested in the Core i5 variant?