In Pictures: 13 new Windows machines that aren't Surface RT

Microsoft's Surface RT tablet has been consuming daily news cycles lately, but there are plenty of other manufacturers fighting for attention as we approach the Windows 8 launch day on Oct. 26. Luckily, Microsoft's partners (we can still call them that, right?) are all providing some truly unique and intriguing hardware options. They're not getting the attention of Surface RT, but who knows, maybe one of the following 13 machines is really the new Windows device to beat. After all, we only gave Surface RT 3.5 stars out of a scale of 5. We start our tour of Surface alternatives with the Asus Vivo Tab RT, shown here.

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Dell XPS Duo 12

With laptop-tablet hybrids on the rise, companies are trying to figure out the most functional and intriguing way to present two devices in a single package. Dell went with a screen that can flip on its horizontal axis to transform from an ultrabook to a tablet. The XPS Duo 12 is made of "premium materials" such as aluminum and carbon fiber to keep the transformation operation smooth and fracture-free.

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