2012 has seen the likes of premium gadgets such as the iPhone 5, the ES9000 LED Smart TV and the Music Maniac, but nothing quite like the few latest devices from HP, Lenovo and Sony. To end off the last quarter of 2012, we have picked three new stunning ultra-portable gadgets for the professional on-the-go.
HP ElitePad 900
Machine beauty and enterprise-grade features meet in solid equilibrium with the latest HP ElitePad 900. Designed for business, the pad boasts military grade durability for drops, vibration, dust and even temperature extremes and high altitude.
Ergonomically shaped to fit comfortably in the hand, the HP ElitePad 900 touts a 10.1-inch diagonal display, weights in at 0.68 kilos and measures 9.2 millimetres thin; the perfect business partner for the elite. The pad also sports a stylish look with its premium materials -- CNC-machined aluminium and Corning Gorilla Glass 2.
In terms of performance, the HP ElitePad 900 is crafted with precision. The device is optimised for Windows 8, delivering PC productivity and has an Intel x86 compatibility for existing business application support, Other highlights of the device include a touch-and-pen-input, a 1080p front facing camera and an eight-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, as well as an all new Expansion Jacket which adds longer battery life when bundled with the pad.
The HP ElitePad 900 is expected to be available in late January 2013. Pricing has not yet been announced.
Lenovo IdeaPad S400
Striking a balance between portability and performance is Lenovo's IdeaPad S400. Promising more computing power than a notebook and longer battery life than traditional laptops, Lenovo introduces the innovative Quick Start "instant on" function, allowing consumers to get online in seconds, as well as the intelligent energy management function, increasing time spent between charges.
Featuring a contemporary design of tactile metallic finish in either red or silver grey, the IdeaPad S400 is made complete with the device measuring a stunning less-than-an-inch at its thickest point and an approximated 1.8 kilograms in weight.
Though the laptop is equipped with Intel's third generation Core i5 processor, it makes up with a 500-gigabyte hard disk storage capacity, allowing plenty of space for one to store precious memories of family as well as important business presentations. Also, with the upgraded S Series intelligent touchpad, it gives users a more controlled experience when scrolling and zooming, while the AccuType keyboard with individual rounded keys provides a platform for comfortable and accurate typing.
The IdeaPad S400 is now available at all authorised Lenovo retailers.
Sony VAIO Duo 11
Switch and slide with Sony's new high-performance device, the VAIO Duo 11. Sporting the latest Surf Slider design by Sony, the device allows one to slide into keyboard mode to use the keyboard or turn it over to slate mode to browse with ones finger or stylus.
Measuring at just 17.85-millimetre thin and weighing approximately 1.3 kilograms, the VAIO Duo 11 sports a remarkably slim and light body, allowing one to carry it anywhere and everywhere.
Don't be fooled by the devices sleek frame though, the hybrid of an ultrabook packs powerful technology with its Windows 8 optimisation and is equipped with Intel's latest generation Core in either i5 or i7 processor, delivering snappy performance and impressive visuals that is further enhanced by its stunningly sharp High Definition 1920x1080 11.6-inch OptiContrast Panel. The steal here, however, is the screen's minimal latency where the screen ignores palm presses while writing, allowing for a natural writing experience.
The VAIO Duo 11 will be available from November 2012 at S$1,999 for Intel Core i5-3317U processor, and S$2,699 for Intel Core i7-3517U.