Microsoft will debut the Windows 8 operating system for desktop and mobile devices October 26, and at last month's IFA show in Berlin served as a coming out party for the first W8 devices. Here's a brief roundup of what W8 devices I saw at IFA, including new hybrid laptops/tablets I'm calling "laptabs."
There are two types of now-it's-a-laptop-now-it's-a-tablet "laptabs" – those with screens that slide over the top of a QWERTY keyboard and those with pop-off screens that separate from the keyboard. This is neither. At first glance, the Duo 12 looks like a normal clamshell. Instead of a pop-off or slide, Duo's 12.5-inch screen snaps out of the frame and swivels around on a central axis inside the aluminum bezel, so it can either lie back-to-front over the QWERTY to create a fat tablet or screen to keyboard to close. Don't like "laptab"? What about "tablap"?