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.

Microsoft Surface RT

Release Date: October 26 (expected)

Starting Price: $500

You can't talk about upcoming Windows 8 devices without discussing Microsoft's Surface. Although this device is officially a 10.6-inch tablet you can pair it with a Touch Cover that doubles as a tablet cover and a keyboard. This is a unique “kinda, sorta” hybrid device.

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