Ultrabooks 2013: Hybrid And Convertible Models The New Wave

Ultrabooks in 2013 are looking for the next big thing, with Ultrabook convertibles leading up the charge.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Microsoft Surface 2 Pro might compete with some Ultrabooks due to the inclusion of a keyboard and mouse in addition to the standard tablet features.

The HP Spectre 13 x2 has a detachable screen to convert it from a laptop into a tablet. The Intel Haswell processor and a completely fanless chassis making it the thinnest and lightest Ultrabooks hybrid from HP. Additionally, the Spectre 13 x2 has a 13.3-inch 1920 x 1080p screen with Radiance display, and a TrueVision HD webcam.

The Spectre 13 x2 has 4GB to 8GB of RAM, and storage options include a 64GB or 128GB SSD. Battery life is about 7 hours and 30 minutes in tablet mode and about 10 hours in laptop mode, thanks to the additional battery in the keyboard dock. Also new is an updated 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and adjustable built in kickstand, and both the Type and Touch attachable keyboards are now thinner and backlit.

Next in the hybrid Ultrabook category is Microsoft’s Surface 2, revamped from the Surface Pro with new cameras, an updated screen, better audio, a faster processor, slightly body and longer battery life.

The latest Dell XPS has Intel Core i5 version, with a 128GB SSD. The slim rotating-screen hybrid is slightly improved with a new high-res display, but the most crucial improvement is the addition of CPUs from Intel’s recent fourth-generation Core i-series, for an improved 7 hours of battery life.

As the only multi-mode ultrabook on the market, IdeaPad Yoga 13 from Lenovo seems to be ahead of the game at least in some aspects. Thinner than the Dell XPS, more physically flexible than the any other, it still delivers an IPS display panel, Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 8GB DDR3-1600 RAM, 128GB SSD and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. For the downside on this Ultrabook hybrid, the battery life is the poorest among ultrabooks at around only 3 hours 35 minutes.

So what do you think of the new wave of Ultrabooks hybrids and convertibles?