Microsoft unveiled two new Windows devices, a tablet-laptop hybrid and a seven-inch tablet at Asia’s largest tech show in Taiwan Wednesday. Tapping in to the “2-in-1” trend for laptops with detachable keyboards, which is a dominant theme at this year’s Computex, the HP Pro X2 612 has a stylus, cameras front and back and comes with dual batteries in the tablet and keyboard. Also Read - Windows 11 out now in “reliable” beta version, allows Dev Channel users to switchAlso Read - HP Pavilion 13 Review: A good thin and light laptop, that could have been better
A seven-inch Toshiba tablet to be launched in the next few months was also revealed. “It’s a really nice device, thin, light with a textured finish in champagne gold, this is Windows in your pocket at an incredibly exciting aggressively competitive price”, said corporate vice president for device partnerships, Nick Parker. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 40,000 in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Asus VivoBook 14, and more
He showed the new machines during a keynote speech on the second day of the trade show in Taipei, which runs until Saturday. Microsoft also announced a partnership with leading free-to-play games developer Kabam whose games will be available on Windows phones and tablets and that the company’s smartphone personal assistant “Cortana” would arrive in China and Britain in customized versions “in the coming months”.
As part of its future vision, Parker and the firm’s speech recognition specialist, Hon Hsiao-wuen, emphasized the importance of its real-time translation services, showing a film of a Skype conversation where both callers were being interpreted live as they spoke. One was speaking English, the other German. Microsoft first demonstrated the new Skype Translator at the Code Conference in California last week. It is rumoured to be developing a smartwatch but Parker did not mention the company’s intentions for wearable.