Windows 8.1 Tablets and Hybrids Price List, Specs Rundown, and Gift Guide : Sony, Acer, Lenovo, Samsung, Asus, Toshiba, Dell

If you have a certified geek in your life or if you simply have a loved one who is still school and you're currently at wits' end thinking about what you should give them this Christmas, then you might want to check out our Windows 8.1 Tablets and Hybrids Yuletide Gift Guide for ideas.

Microsoft’s partners Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba have a wonderful line-up of hybrid devices running on Windows 8.1, ranging from sleek laptops that can turn into light tablets to thin, fun tablets with amazing PC capabilities.

"We have a wide range of devices that people can choose from," said Ms. Mae Rivera-Moreno, Windows Client Lead for Microsoft. "Most of these devices are hybrids – laptops that transform into tablets, giving you the ability to work and play on a single device. As a mom, I also like fact that it has built-in family safety features so I know that kids can only access age appropriate content."

"Windows devices make ideal gifts for our loved ones this season. They have a great new set of features that allows me to do more plus an all new set of apps that fits my passions such as Bing Health and Fitness, and Bing Travel. I also love the fact that I can play a hard-core game like Halo with my Windows device and that I can instantly turn it into a full laptop when I need to do a presentation on PowerPoint," shared celebrity host KC Montero.

Windows 8.1 Tablet, Acer Iconia W4

The Acer Iconia W4 is a thin and light tablet that runs Windows 8.1 operating system with Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student package with its Intel Atom processor Z3740 (2 MB L2 cache, up to 1.8 GHz Intel Burst Technology, LPDDR3 1067 MHz) processor. It has 2GB of RAM, 32GB of Storage, 8-inch LED-backlit IPS (In-Plane Switching) display with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution, high-brightness and integrated 5-point multi-touch, Acer Crystal Eye Full HD webcam, 1080p Full HD audio/video recording, InviLinkTM NplifyTM 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.0, High-definition Audio Support (Two built-in stereo speakers MS-Sound compatible Built-in microphone), Intelligent Gyroscope, Accelerometer (G sensor) and E-Compass; Ambient Light sensor, supporting automatic display brightness and Keyboard Backlight Control Proximity Sensor. The TechPinas Price Guesstimate for this slate is Php 18,900, which makes Acer Iconia W4 the most affordable tablet running the full version of Windows 8.1 you can get currently.

Windows 8.1 Tablet, Windows 8.1 Hybrid, Asus T100 TA

Tablet-Ultrabook hybrid Asus T100TA likewise runs Windows 8.1 replete with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 with an lntel Bay Trail-T Quad Core Atom Z3740 1.33 GHz Processor. It features a 10.1-inch 16:9 IPS HD (1366 x 768) with 10-point capacitive Multi-Touch screen, Integrated lnteI HD Graphics, 32GB eMMC / 64GB eMMC, 1.2 Mega Pixel web camera, Dual band 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB, micro HDMI, Micro SD card lot (Micro SD) up to 64GB, Built-in BIuetooth V4.O, 3.5 mm headphone/ mic jack, USB 3.0 port, keyboard and touchpad on Mobile Dock, G-sensor, Ambient Light sensor, Gyroscope, and E-compass. This hybrid, which is power-efficient enough to give you 11 hours of uptime, sells for Php 23,995! Not bad for a two-in-one device, right?

Windows 8.1 Hybrid, Dell Latitude 10

Windows 8 powered Dell Latitude 10 tablet, on the other hand, goes for roughly Php 29,999 and for that amount you get a decent set of innards including the Intel Atom Dual Core Z2760 CPU, 2GB DDR2 SDRAM (800MHz), Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (533MHz), and the 64 GB of SSD expandable via SD card slot supporting up to 64GB. The slate flaunts a 10.1-inch 1366 X 768 pixels resolution IPS Wide View Angle LCD protected by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, 2 MegaPixel front cam, 8 MegaPixel autofocus main camera at the back with LED flash, USB 2.0 port, docking connector, stereo headphone/microphone combo jack, micro-USB charging port, mini-HDMI port, mini-SIM (WWAN only), Full size SecureDigital card slot and micro SIM slot, and WiFi and WWAN connectivity support. What I love about Dell Latitude 10 is that it comes with Wacom Active Stylus Support, which is great for graphic artists, and it has a swappable or removable battery unlike most other tablets out in the market.

Windows 8.1 Hybrid, HP Split X2

Powerhouse hybrid HP ENVY Split 13 runs Windows 8 64-bit (with free upgrade to Windows 8.1) with its 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3339Y Processor. The device, which is "split" between a tablet and an ultrabook, features a 128 GB SSD, 4GB DDR3 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 touch screen, 1 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 on the keyboard base, 1 USB 2.0 port, HDMI, and Headphone out/Microphone in combo jack. ENVY is HP's luxury line of products and this hybrid's Php 55,000 price tag reflects that. Nonetheless, considering everything that it gives you - including its gorgeous design and solid build - I think the price is just right.

Korean Giant Samsung is on a roll these days - especially in the mobile category - and their fans will be glad to know that they also have a cool Windows 8 tablet with great features in their current line-up. Samsung ATIV Tab 3 runs on an Intel Atom Processor Z2760 (1.8 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache) processor and comes replete with an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, a 10.1-inch SuperBright+ 400 nit HD LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768), 2 GB LPDDR2 System Memory at 800MHz (on BD 2 GB), 64 GB e.MMC iNAND Embedded Flash Drive, Stereo Speakers (0.64 W W x 2), Internal Dual Array Digital Mic, 720p HD Webcam in front, a 2 MegaPixel camera with LED Flash at the back, and 802.11 abg/n WiFi and Bluetooth V4.0 connectivity support. Ports include Micro HDMI, micro-USB 2.0, MicroSD Multi-media Card Reader, Headphone out / Mic-in Combo, and 12 V / 3.33 A DC-in. This metal-clad slate has an SRP of around Php 35,900.

Sony VAIO Tap 11 is a Windows 8 64-bit tablet, which has a kick stand a separate keyboard, which also works as a screen cover when you carry the device or keep in the bag. It features a 4th Generation Intel Core i5 4210Y (1.50GHz / 1.90GHz) processor, 11.6 inch Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution IPS capacitive touch display, 4 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, Intel HD Graphics 4200, 8 MegaPixel Exmor RS rear camera, Exmor R HD Web Camera front camera, Digitizer stylus support, micro HDMI out, USB 3.0, and NFC connectivity support on top of WiFi and Bluetooth. With SRP of Php 69,999, the legendary Japanese company's new tablet's selling points would have to be its innovative and ergonomic design language, the stylus support - perfect for graphic artists, and its large internal storage.

Priced at Php 75,000, Toshiba Portege Z10t may be a bit on the pricey side but you do get that downright gorgeous and extremely solid build plus top-notch innards and business features. The corporate tablet-ultrabook hybrid runs Windows 8 Pro with its Intel Core i5 3339Y 1.5 GHz CPU and comes replete with 4GB RAM Intel HD Graphics, 128 GB SSD, 11.6 inch Full HD display with 10 point multitouch, scratch-resistant glass face, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, 3 MegaPixel rear camera, USB 3.0 port, Micro HDMI, Headphone Mic Combo, and Card reader. According to Toshiba, Z10t is designed to withstand the pressures of professional life and has been rigorously tested to the Japanese company's high quality and reliability standards. Even if you accidentally spill your drink, the spill-resistant keyboard gives you time to shut down and protect your data. It's also been drop-tested up to 75 cm (30"), which means that you don't have to worry about losing valuable information if you accidentally lose your grip on the Z10t.

As I've earlier shared on TechPinas, Php 44,995 Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 11s, thanks to its unique hinge, converts into four special modes – laptop, tablet, stand and tent – to fit the changing ways people are using a mobile computer. It enables users to define which mode works best for them in their environments, regardless of where they are, be it at home, in the office, at the park, in a coffee shop or in transit. This unique Windows 8 device - weighing just 3.08 lbs and with thickness of just 0.68 inch - features an Intel Haswell Core i3 processor, 11.60 inch and 1366 x 768 pixels display, 8.50 hours uptime, 4 GB of RAM, 128 GB of internal storage, HDMI, 2 USB 2.0 ports, and Intel HD integrated graphics.

What's so special about Windows 8.1 operating system, you ask? Well, a few weeks ago, I had a meeting with our friends from Microsoft Philippines and Miss Mae Moreno - the company's Windows Lead - gave me and the whole TP Community an exclusive demo of Windows 8.1's fun and innovative new features! I recorded a video of my conversation with Miss Mae and I hope you can check it out -- I think it's very informative.

Again, all tablets, hybrids, and ultrabooks that shipped with Windows 8 operating system are eligible for free Windows 8.1 upgrade. Make your loved ones feel more special this Christmas by giving them devices that would best complement their lifestyles. Choose Windows 8.1 tablets and hybrids!