In Pictures: 15 hot Windows 8 hybrid notebooks and tablets

Microsoft's Windows 8 launch on October 26 is nearly here, and new device announcements are coming so fast you need a scorecard to keep up. One of the big themes with this touch-centric Windows release is touchscreens on everything including Ultrabooks, tablets with keyboard docks, or new all-in-one convertible PCs. Some critics aren't buying the hybrid device craze that Windows 8 is inspiring, but if you ever wanted to a touch-enabled laptop, there's never been a better time to buy.

Sony Tap 20

Release Date: end of October

Starting Price: $880

For those times the 9.7-inch iPad just isn't big enough, you can operate this “tablet” with a close friend. The Sony Tap 20 is a small-sized all-in-one PC that can fold down into a tablet. The device features a 20-inch IPS display with 1600-by-900 resolution, 1.7GHz Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor, 4GB RAM, Intel HD4000 integrated graphics, 750GB hard drive, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.

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