The workhorse for productivity in the modern world isn't horses, trains, or the production line, it's the laptop. A portable marvel designed to fit the power of a full computer into a device smaller than a briefcase, giving professionals everything they need to do their work in a tiny package. As the years go by manufacturers are cramming more and more powerful hardware into smaller and slimmer devices, and that's led to the next step beyond portable; the tablet PC. These days, it's possible to have a small tablet that can do everything your laptop can do, and they're even more portable than even the class-leading ultrabooks.
We're not talking about your mom's iPad here. These tablets run Windows 10 and offer a true portable computing experience with a foot print just slightly bigger than a 10-inch iPad. Unlike Android or iOS, you can install proper Windows software onto these tablets, and they can do the same work that you'd normally need a desktop for.
Let's look at what's available on the market today.
Overall Best Windows Tablets Available in the Philippines
Microsoft Surface Book 2
If money is no object, the Microsoft Surface Book is the most powerful tablet you can get today. The Surface Book 2 is designed to showcase what you can truly achieve with this class of device, in the same way that Google uses the Pixel phones to showcase what can be done with Android, but with the Surface Book 2 Microsoft really wanted to lay down the line and show what class-leading performance looks like.
The Surface Book 2 belongs to a sub-class of 2-in-1 hybrid tablets closer to an ultrabook, but they have the form-defying hinge that lets you fold the screen all the way back to turn the device into a tablet, a design popularized by Lenovo's Yoga series of device. The Surface Book line takes this further with the sturdiest and most advanced hinge around, and it is strong enough to support the device's 15-inch PixelSense display (which is Microsoft jargon for a 3240 x 2160 screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio).
Inside is an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM, a GeForce GTX 1060, 1TB of SSD storage, three different USB ports (two USB 3.1 and one USB 3.1 Type-C) and an SD Card reader, a Surface Connect jack and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It's great for drawing with that huge display and the not-included Surface Pen, and it also handles even the latest PC games without breaking a sweat. This is the complete package, packing a lot of power into a very lightweight 4.2-pound frame, but you have to pay for that experience: the Surface Book 2 retails at around PHP169K locally.
HP Spectre x360
Another 2-in-1 hybrid, the Spectre x360 has a weird naming sense hearkening to Microsoft's last gen game console, but this is a serious productivity machine. In addition to offering all the power you need for your daily office work, the Spectre x360 has the added benefit of having everything in the box. Other Windows tablets don't include a keyboard or a stylus, but the Spectre x360 has them both in its asking price.
With the x360 you get an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD drive. There's no discrete GPU and you'll have to settle for Intel HD 620 Graphics, but the beautiful 13.3-inch 1080p display looks great, and the entire thing just weighs 2.78 pounds, making it a lightweight and powerful all-in-one device that slips into your productivity bag. You can find one at around PHP106K.
Samsung Galaxy Book 12
Samsung expanded the Galaxy line to the high-end Windows tablet segment, and the result is a stunning Windows tablet that looks great and performs even better. As you'd expect from Samsung, the strength of the device lies in its Super AMOLED 12-inch 2560 x 1440 display that looks great. The body is also smaller than a typical Windows tablet running this kind of power, so if you're looking for a really compact device that has power and comes with a keyboard and stylus included in the asking price, this is a good choice.
The Galaxy Book 12 comes with an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and weighs in at just 1.69 pounds, making it one of the lightest devices with a powerful processor in it to handle most productivity tasks. It sells for around PHP103K locally, and that includes the stylus and keyboard, making it a decent price compared to the Surface Pro.
Microsoft Surface Pro
The Surface Pro is the device that started the 2-in-1 hybrid tablet trend, and this is actually the fifth iteration of the device, following the Surface Pro 4. With a 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 2736 x 1824 resolution, you get the big 3:2 aspect ratio that Microsoft touts as the optimal one for productivity. The keyboard cover design with a kickstand to prop it up has become a classic for this class of device, and the Surface Pro is still the closest we've come to a real laptop tablet hybrid, and it really competes favorably against ultrabooks and even the larger Surface Book because of its blend of power and portability, weighing in at just 1.73 pounds.
You can find the Surface Pro (2017) for as low as PHP55K, although this is the model with a Core i5 inside, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage. Faster variants with a Core i7 and more RAM and memory are also available at much more expensive prices, such as the 8GB/256GB i5 variant (a device comparable to the Galaxy Book 12), which runs for around PHP100K. Do note that this price doesn't include the keyboard and stylus, which must be bought separately.
ASUS Transformer Pro
ASUS's attempt at the Windows hybrid tablet has its roots in their Android series of Transformers, but the Transformer Pro goes a step beyond that, offering a legitimate option to the Surface Pro. It takes a lot of its design cues from Microsoft's offering, including the kick stand, and offers a very similar experience to the iconic Surface Pro, and ASUS adds some unique features like a fingerprint scanner on the power button, something that no doubt was inspired by experience in the Android smartphone arena.
The Transformer Pro sports a 12.6-inch 2880 x 1920 display, with a Core i5 processor supported by 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and it weights similarly to the Surface Pro at 1.79 pounds. One of its biggest advantages is its price: the entire package along with the stylus and keyboard cover cost just around PHP69K.
Best Windows Tablets under PHP60,000
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S
The Galaxy TabPro S represents Samsung's latest efforts to create a powerful Windows tablet for professionals that need the power, but don't want to spend excessively. As with its big brother the Galaxy Book 12, the TabPro S sports a 12-inch Super AMOLED display at 2160 x 1440 resolution, giving it a vibrant advantage over other units. Inside is an Intel Core m3 processor, with 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It weighs just 1.5 pounds, and the design makes it look closer to an Android Galaxy tablet than a Windows device, and that's a good thing in terms of portability and the slimness of its design. Make no mistake, however, as the Core m3 processor is still beefy enough to get through the office day, although it's definitely not as powerful as having an i5. The price is right, though at around PHP55K.
HP Spectre x2 12-a009nr
The HP Spectre x2 12-a009nr is a smaller version of the Spectre x360, with a smaller 12-inch full HD 1920 x 1280 display and a lighter 2.49-pound body. It keeps the stylish good looks of its bigger brother and is generally available at a more affordable price point. The version of the x2 you'll find locally sports an Intel Core m3 processor with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, and it has two USB Type-C ports. It's available for around PHP55K with the keyboard included.
Lenovo Flex 5
The Lenovo Flex 5 is actually part of Lenovo's Yoga line of 2-in-1 devices, but has been branded into the related Flex line. It's also known as the Yoga 520, and it comes in two screen sizes, 14-inch and 15.6-inch. The one available for purchase in the country is the 14-inch version, with 1080 full HD resolution. Inside it's powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The keyboard folds backwards all the way as you'd expect from the Yoga line, turning it into a tablet. A nice touch is how the keyboard is backlit, something you don't always see in regular laptops. It also comes with the Lenovo Active Pen for scribbling. It's a large device and is on the heavier side at 4.1 pounds, and costs around PHP50K.
Lenovo Miix 510
For those who find the Lenovo Flex 5 to be too big, Lenovo has a smaller tablet with a detachable keyboard cover, the Miix 510. It is clearly meant to be a direct competitor to the Surface Pro, and even has the same kickstand design, but using a watchband hinge that adjusts to any angle within 150degrees. It has a 12.2-inch 1080p full HD display, an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. It weighs a very light 2.76pounds with the keyboard, and is available at around PHP29K without the Lenovo Active Pen. It's a little on the lighter side of power but is more affordable than a Core i5 or Core i7 device.
HUAWEI's MateBook is a tablet with a stunning design, and is similar to Samsung's TabPro S. The keyboard cover folds around the tablet and opens up to double as its stand at the same time, connecting with a magnetic flap. It sets itself apart from similar tablets with its high definition 12-inch quad HD 2160 x 1440 display and solid metal unibody. It has an Intel Core m3 inside with 4GB of RAM, a 128GB SSD, a fast fingerprint sensor for one-touch unlocking and it's very small and light at just 1.5pounds. It's available for around PHP28K.
ASUS VivoBook Flip TP401NA
The VivoBook Flip is a more affordable Windows laptop tablet hybrid for those looking for a large 14-inch device. The VivoBook Flip has a 14-inch full HD 1080p display with a glossy finish and a slim bezel, and it opens and rotates all the way back to transform into a tablet in similar fashion to the Lenovo Yoga series of laptops. Inside is an Intel Pentium N4200 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of EMMC storage along with a USB Type-C port. While not as high-end in its specifications, the VivoBook Flip has enough power for regular office work and play, and weighs in at 3.3 pounds. It's available for around PHP27K.
Best Windows Tablets under PHP10,000
TECLAST X98 Plus II
For those looking for a Windows tablet on a budget, the X98 Plus II is a 9.7-inch tablet that looks more like a traditional iPad tablet, and in fact competes in the Android space as well with a dual boot system that lets you choose between Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop on startup. Inside is an Intel Cherry Trail Atom x5 Z8350 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with a 9.7-inch display with 2048 x 1536 resolution. It weighs just 1.28pounds, and costs around PHP9K, but it doesn't come with a keyboard so you'll need to provide your own typing solution.
Onda OBook 20 Plus
The OBook 20 Plus is another hybrid Windows Android tablet that runs on an Intel Cherry Trail Atom x5 Z8300 processor. It has a 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 resolution, and has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and dual boots to Windows 10 64-bit or Android 5.1 Lollipop. It's very light at 1.1pounds and costs around PHP8K.
The Chuwi Hi10 is a lightweight tablet that also works on the Cherry Trail platform, with an Intel Cherry Trail Atom x5 Z8350 that lets it boot into Windows 10 or Android 5.1 Lollipop. The tablet display is 10.1-inches and has 1920 x 1200 resolution, and it sports 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It's just 1.04 pounds without the detachable keyboard and is available for around PHP8K. You'll need an extra PHP2K for the keyboard though.
Chuwi Hi10 Pro
The Hi10 Pro is similar to that Hi10 and has the same Cherry Trail Atom x5 Z8350 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage but ups its game with a USB Type-C port instead of the micro USB found on the base Hi10. It has a detachable keyboard dock and pen support, both sold separately. The display is 10.1-inch and is 1920 x 1200 in resolution, and it dual boots to Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop. It's available for around PHP8K, with the keyboard dock running you an extra PHP2.3K as well.
Cherry Mobile Alpha Prime 7
The Alpha Prime 7 is a smaller 7-inch tablet that is more suitable for those looking for a small tablet like the iPad Mini. It runs Windows 10 Mobile instead of the full Windows 10 desktop experience, and has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor inside, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The 7-inch display is 1024 x 600 in resolution and it weighs a svelte 0.57pounds. You can find one around PHP4K.
Chuwi Hi10 Plus
The Hi10 Plus completes the trilogy with an Atom x5 Z8350 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The display is slightly larger at 10.8-inches and has 1920 x 1280 resolution. It still uses micro USB and weighs a light 1.5pounds, with the ability to dual boot to Windows 10 and Android 5.1 Lollipop. It goes for around PHP9K without the detachable keyboard dock.
Windows tablets today come in all forms and sizes, and there is just the right one for your budget. Whether you need a high-powered device capable of running desktop applications with aplomb, or a smaller device that has the versatility to dual boot into Android, Windows tablets have come a long way and you certainly aren't starved for choice. Be sure to check our listings to find just the right Windows tablet for you.
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