2. Samsung’s Windows 8 Tablet

Release date: 2012

Why we’re excited: Specs regarding the upcoming wave of Windows tablets are scarce. We know a number of them are going to be built around Intel’s Atom processor, which is supposed to consume less energy while delivering more than ample power. We’re also not sure what size the tablets are going to be. Some say Samsung’s tablet will have an 11.6-inch display (!) while other say it will have a more conservative display. However, the real reason we’re excited for the Samsung Windows 8 Tablet is because of Windows 8. Microsoft’s next-gen OS is meant to be portable from tablet to desktop helping to usher in their post-PC business. And, it looks amazing. Taking strong cues from Windows Phone 7 OS, it may just give Apple a strong run when it drops.