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A host of major electronics manufacturers, including HP, Lenovo, Dell and Samsung rolled out new Windows 8 tablets at an event in San Francisco last week. Here’s a quick look at these new challengers in the tablet market.

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A new wave of Windows 8 tablets

A host of major electronics manufacturers, including HP, Lenovo, Dell and Samsung rolled out new Windows 8 tablets at an event in San Francisco last week. Here’s a quick look at these new challengers in the tablet market.

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Dell Latitude 10

The Latitude 10 is a 10-inch tablet running Windows 8 Professional, powered by the new Atom Z2760 system on a chip. Full-sized USB connectivity also means that legacy peripherals will work with the device.

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ASUS VivoTab

Checking in at 11.6 inches and packing Wacom stylus support and a rear 8 megapixel camera, the VivoTab is just 8.3mm thick.

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Acer Iconia W510

Like many of the business-focused tablets on display, Acer’s Iconia W510 focused on battery life and small size. Though it weighs less than 3 pounds with the optional keyboard dock attached, Acer claims the 10.1-inch W510 can provide 18 hours of use on a charge.

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Fujitsu Stylistic Q702

Fujitsu opted for the Core i5 vPro chip in the 11.6-inch Stylistic Q702, and included optional 4G/LTE connectivity and stylus support to boot.

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HP Envy x2

HP’s 11.6-inch offering detaches from its keyboard dock via an innovative system of magnets, the company said, adding that it also features near-field communication technology.

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Samsung Smart PC

Media performance was an apparent focus for Samsung’s 11.6-inch Smart PC, which can play video for an advertised 9.4 hours at a time.

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Lenovo ThinkPad 2

The ThinkPad 2 mounts a full-sized USB port and 10.1-inch screen on a sub-10mm thickness package. Lenovo was one of the few companies not to advertise a docking system, though that doesn’t necessarily rule it out, particularly given the firm’s focus on the availability of Microsoft Office apps.

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ZTE V98

The other new tablet not to feature a keyboard dock, ZTE’s 10.1-inch V98 is a bit more consumer-focused than the rest of the field, though its advanced speakers and 2 megapixel front-facing camera could make it an impressive video chat device.

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