Six Windows 8 tablets: Can one be your next travel PC?

We reveal the hardware in all its photographic splendor.

By Jon Phillips @jonphillipssf Loyd Case @loydcase, PCWorld |  Consumerization of IT, Acer, Asus

A new tablet PC era

Last month, Intel's hardware partners showed off their mid-range Windows 8 hybrid devices at a Clover Trail coming-out party. Here we reveal the hardware in all its photographic splendor.

Each tablet features Intel's Z2760 Atom processor (aka Clover Trail), a dual-core, four-thread system-on-chip running up to 1.8GHz. Clover Trail devices won't pack the performance oomph of Ultrabooks, laptops and hybrids running Core-caliber processors, but the products you see in this gallery should deliver excellent battery life—in excess of 10 hours. In theory, at least.

Perhaps more importantly, Clover Trail devices could emerge as winning travel PCs: thin, light tablets married to accompanying keyboard docks. Put everything together, and you might be able to leave your iPad and Ultrabook at home, and simply take one of these hybrids on the road.

[Windows 8 tablets in the enterprise: The pros and cons and Windows 8 in the enterprise? Not next year, says Gartner]

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