convertible tablet

A convertible tablet is a computer that can function as either a standalone touch screen device or as a notebook with a physical keyboard.

The designs of convertible tablets vary. Some look like traditional laptops but have screens that swivel so they face up when the cover is closed, allowing for use as a tablet. Other screens have 360-degree hinges, and some detach completely from the base.

Early convertible tablets did not experience widespread adoption because most ran the Windows operating system (OS), which up to Windows 7 was designed solely for PCs. The 2012 release of Windows 8, a hybrid tablet/PC operating system, led to more convertible tablet manufacturers entering the market.

This was last updated in June 2014

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