After the net books, tablets, and phablets, the current buzz is about convertible tablets (convertibles). Convertibles boast the utility of a fully functional laptop and as well as a tablet. The launch of Windows 8 also gave a good impetus to the concept of convertibles. It still remains to be seen whether the idea of convertibles turns out to be a fad or a major technological disruption like tablets. For now, big computer manufacturers are jumping into the bandwagon to bring convertibles with lot of innovative designs into the market. Some of the best convertible tablets available in the Indian market are:
1. Dell XPS 12 Convertible
Dell XPS 12 convertible is the first convertible launched in India powered by the new Windows 8 OS. The display of the tablet can be rotated inside the aluminum frame in which it is fixed. When rotated completely, the laptop converts itself into a tablet. The XPS 12 is one of the most powerful convertible available in the market sporting an Intel Core i5 processor along with 4GB of RAM and an Intel HD 4000 graphics chip. The tablet has a 128 GB SSD which can be expanded (up to 256 GB SSD) by the user. A 12.5 inch touch screen is very responsive and can play videos in HD quality. But, the screen of the tablet is not detachable and the tablet feels bulky when you hold it in your arms. The XPS 12 has an exorbitant price tag of Rs 89,990.
2. Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13
The Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 (Yoga) is the Lenovo’s version of the convertible tablet. A unique hinge lets the device’s touchscreen display to fold 360 degrees. The tablet has 4 different modes, viz. laptop mode, tablet mode, tent mode, and stand mode (where the keypad can be used as a stand) making the tablet very versatile. Yoga has a 11.6 inch HD display 1.7GHz Intel Core i5-3317U processor with 4GB of RAM. Yoga too feels heavy in your hands and costs Rs. 89,990.
3. HP Envy X2
The HP Envy X2 (Envy) is a low powered convertible with an 11.6 inch touch screen. The display of the Envy can be detached from the keyboard and used as a separate tablet. It is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Dual-Core processor and has 2GB of RAM. With a 32 GB and 64GB SSD memory options to choose from, Envy is just a normal tablet like iPad with a physical keyboard thrown in. But, it is the cheapest of the lot costing just Rs. 48,200.
4. Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro
The Samsung ATIV Smart PC Pro (ATIV) is another convertible with a detachable 11.6 inch PLS LCD capacitive multi touch screen. ATIV is powered by an Intel core i5 processor and 4GB of RAM. Unlike other convertibles the ATIV has an 8.0 megapixel rear camera which can take superb quality snaps. The ATIV has a 256GB SSD memory and an outstanding battery backup of 13 hours. Priced at Rs. 75,990, the ATIV gives value for every Rupee you pay for it.
5. Samsung Series 5 Ultra Convertible
Samsung Series 5 Ultra Convertible (series 5) is the latest convertible with some of the best specs available in the market. Like the Lenovo Yoga, the 13.3 inch touchscreen can be completely swivelled to convert it into a tablet. The Series 5 is powered by a high capacity 1.7 GHz third generation Core i7 processor and 4GB of RAM. The table has a 500 GB hard drive making it one of the fully functional laptop cum tablet available in the market. The price of the Series 5 in India is Rs 64,990.