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LG readying Surface Pro 3 competitor

LG Tab-Book
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Reports suggest that Korean giant LG is readying its own convertible notebook hybrid to take on the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

According to a CNet report, LG is readying a convertible notebook hybrid that will go up against the Microsoft Surface Pro line. The upcoming "tablet-like" device is said to be powered by an Intel Core processor, which could be either a Haswell chip or a Broadwell-based Core M chip, and feature a detachable keyboard.

Little else is known about LG's Surface Pro 3 rival at the moment, but looking at LG's own Tab-Book launched in 2013 and what other competitors such as HP are doing, we can speculate some stuff. The LG Tab-Book was not a commercial success. The 11.6-inch slider tablet resembled the Sony Vaio Duo series a bit too closely. Even then, it couldn't make a dent in the Surface Pro market space.

HP recently launched a Surface Pro competitor. The new ENVY X2 range of convertibles differs slightly in their offering as compared to Microsoft. The processor under the hood is a low-power Intel Core M chip. Also, display size options are 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch, both of which are much larger than the 12.2-inch display adorning the new Surface Pro 3. It is also slightly cheaper.

Not much else is known about LG's so-called tablet-like device. We can speculate two scenarios, however - either they go head-on with Microsoft by releasing a device of similar form factor, or they adopt HP's strategy to offer a slightly differentiated product. Whatever be the case, LG's upcoming device is sure to run on Microsoft Windows 8.1 OS.


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Preeto Nath, 2014-11-30 (Update: 2014-12- 1)