LG's Tab-Book Windows 8 Hybrid Sliders Coming To CES 2013

By Alexandra Burlacu email: a.burlacu@mobilenapps.com | Jan 04, 2013 04:06 PM EST

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LG Electronics will display its new 2013 PC lineup at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), including LG Tab-Nook H160.

The latest tablet hybrid from the Korean electronics giant sports an 11.6-inch display, Microsoft's latest Windows 8 software, and a slide-out keyboard that allows users to turn the machine into a notebook.

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This new hybrid is called the LG Tab-Book H160, and although the company plans to show it off at CES in January, the device can already be shipped from South Korea to the U.S. - for $1,395.

"This year, we are introducing several innovative PCs designed with one goal in mind - to meet the needs and desires of consumers in an environment which is quickly transitioning to touchscreens," Il-geun Kwon, Senior VO and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company, said in the press release. "At CES, LG will be displaying a diverse PC lineup, truly deserving of the next generation moniker."

The LG Tab-Book H160 measures 0.6 inches in thickness and weighs 2.3 pounds, offering up to 12.5 hours of battery life. When it comes to connectivity, the device supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, has one USB port, an HDMI port, and a micro SD card slot for expandable memory.

Under the hood, the H160 packs an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state disk, suggesting that the device may have come with a more affordable price tag iif it were more widely available in the United States. LG will also be offering a Tab-Book Z160 model, a higher-priced version with an Intel Core i5 processor (and likely lower battery life).

LG's offerings, however, are not the first slider-style PCs to hit the market. The MSi S20 sports a similar design, as does ASUS' Eee Pad Slider. The difference with ASUS' gadget is that it runs on Google's Android rather than Windows 8.

The design of such hybrids aims to provide the best of both worlds by combining some of the advantages of a slate PC with a model with hardware keyboard, but it also has its drawbacks.

In the Tab-Book's case, such drawbacks consist of being heavier than many tablets, having the screen always locked into one position to access the keyboard, and having no touchpad on the keyboard.

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