The best tablets to show off the latest Windows 8.1 extras
Microsoft has just unveiled the free update of its Windows 8.1 operating system. So if the new features (covered in our Windows 8.1 tips and tricks article) appeal you might want to buy yourself a new tablet. Windows 8.1 will be available on plenty of fancy new tabs, here's the best ones out there now, or coming soon. And here's everything you need to know about Windows 8.1.
Dell Venue 11 Pro
This is one seriously versatile slate. The 10.8-inch, 1920 x 1080 screened Windows 8.1 device can be kitted out with Bay Trail Intel Atom or Haswell Core i5 processors, so battery life varies but you're looking at around the 10 hour mark minimum. You can pair it with an accessory keyboard or active stylus and offers SD, HDMI and USB connections. All that from £350 when it's out on 7 November.
Read the Pocket-lint Dell Venue 11 Pro hands-on here.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2
The follow up to Microsoft's Surface Pro has more than just a better OS - this baby has the laptop market in its sights. The magnesium chassis weighs in at 907g and has a solid, rugged feel - Microsoft claims it can withstand a whack from a sledgehammer. It's strong inside too with up to 8GB RAM and a 1.6GHz Core i5 Haswell processor. Plus you'll get the kickstand, now with two settings, and a bundled stylus. The cost? From £720 on 22 October.
Read the Pocket-Lint Microsoft Surface Pro 2 hands-on here.
Sony Vaio Tap 11
Sony really seems to be pioneering good looking tablets. The Tap 11 is the world's thinnest at 9.9mm - making it lightweight and attractive, despite offering a huge 11.6-inch Full HD touchscreen with Trilumionous Display tech for vibrant colours. Inside you've got an Intel Core i5 processor, 8-megapixel Exmor RS for PC sensor camera, NFC, and a built-in kickstand. The keyboard acts as a case while providing a decent typing experience and you've also got a stylus should you need it. The Vaio will come in black or white and should be out this Autumn with pricing to follow.
Read the Pocket-lint Sony Vaio Tap 11 hands-on here.
Asus Transformer Book T300
The original hybrid tablet creator Asus offers this 13.3-inch 11.5mm tablet with 11mm thick keybaord dock. The 1080p screen and full 1080p rear camera along with Asus SonicMaster stereo make it near laptop like. And with Core i3, i5 or i7 processor options, 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage plus USB 3.0 you'd be hard pressed to find yourself wanting here. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced.
Read the Pocket-lint Asus Transformer Book T300 hands-on here.
Acer Iconia W4
This is a bit different from the other Windows tablets out there as it will fit in your pocket but still offer a full Windows experience. Despite being just 8-inches you'll get Intel Atom Bay Trail processing at 1.8GHz, 2GB RAM, 64GB storage, a 1200 x 800 resolution display plus 5-megapixel and 2-megapixel cameras. Plus you can expand a further 32GB thanks to a microSD slot, and it's got micro-USB and micro-HDMI to boot. Accessories include a passive stylus, and two Crunch Covers - one that acts as a dual cover and stand and another that also has a Bluetooth keyboard. Pricing will start at $330 (£205) when it's shipped later this month.
Read the Pocket-lint Acer Iconia W4 article here.