Microsoft hardware partners reveal new Windows 8.1 devices at CES

Lenovo highlights include 'world's lightest' 14-inch Ultrabook, as well as new Thinkpad and Yoga devices

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 07 January 2014
Microsoft hardware partners reveal new Windows 8.1 devices at CES

Some of Microsoft’s key hardware partners, including Lenovo, Panasonic and Toshiba, have launched new Windows 8.1 devices at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week.

Lenovo kicked off the event by unveiling what it says is the world’s lightest 14-inch Ultrabook. It also introduced the new Windows 8 Pro tablet ThinkPad 8, as well as the Yoga 2, a new version of its convertible Windows 8 Ultrabook.

In line with a growth in demand for 2-in-1 devices, which provide a tablet and a PC in one, the company has also launched the MIIX 2 10” and MIIX 2 11”. The MIIX 2 devices can be used as tablets, but allow users to connect a unique detachable keyboard and work in ‘laptop mode’ too. Weighing in at only 1.3 lbs, the 10-inch MIIX 2 focuses on ultra-portability. It features a new 64-bit enabled quad-core Intel Atom processor 1 and a full HD touchscreen display.

Other devices revealed at CES include Panasonic’s small Windows ruggedised tablet the 7” Toughpad FZ-M1. Designed for the enterprise market, the tablet is built on a 4th generation Intel Core i5 vPro processor and runs on the Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit operating system. Toshiba announced the Tecra W50, a new 4k mobile workstation that offers ultra HD screen resolution, making it ideal for engineers and 3D graphic professionals. Meanwhile Sony added a new 11-inch 2-in-1 device to its Vaio Flip PC lineup.

CES is taking place between 7-10 January 2014. OnWindows will be posting updates from the event throughout the course of this week.

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