By Vamien McKalin email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Feb 19, 2013 12:47 PM EST
LG is preparing to enter the Windows 8 hybrid laptop market with the Tab-Book. The company plans to showcase this device at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later in 2013.
The LG Tab-Book aims to go up against the Microsoft Surface Pro by coming equipped with an Intel Atom Z2760 Clover Trail processor, an IPS screen with 5-point multitouch and LTE for mobile Internet connection on the go. At first glance, the Tab-Book may appear just a simple tablet device; however, by pressing the auto slide-out button, a keyboard appears.
"The Tab-Book is going to appeal to consumers who want the convenience of a tablet but also the productivity of a notebook and don't want to carry two devices all the time," according to LG Senior Vice President Il-geun Kwon.
LG Tab-Book Specs:
For those who feel compelled to purchase the LG Tab-Book, the device is available on Amazon for pre-order at the price of $1,395. Pretty expensive for a device that comes with a Clover Trail processor: Windows 8 users might be better off looking elsewhere. However, there will be a version of the Tab-Book with a Core i5 processor, likely to cost even more.
LG is well known for creating strong and sturdy computer devices, but they don't always look the best, design-wise. The Tab-Book will not win any design awards, but as long as LG can make it comfortable to use and rethink its price strategy, the device might find success.