Coming Soon: The Next Wave of Windows 8 Hybrids

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Nearly a year after Windows 8’s debut, it’s still hard to find hardware that makes a great match for Microsoft’s dual-headed operating system.

But that may soon change. At the IFA trade show this week, several PC vendors announced new Windows 8 hybrids that can transform from a laptop into a tablet. Some of them look like major improvements over the first wave of hybrids that launched alongside Windows 8 last winter.

What’s taken so long? Partly, it’s a matter of processing power, as new chips from Intel and AMD promise better battery life, zippier performance and higher screen resolutions. Hardware makers have also learned some lessons over the last year, and have refined their hybrid designs to be thinner, lighter and more clever.

Let’s take a look at the new hybrids that Windows PC makers plan to offer later this year:

The Convertibles

I used to think that all…

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