10 cool tablets that are coming soon

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona showed a preview of what's to come in the realm of tablets

1 mwc tablets

Tablets, tablets, tablets!

Even though the BBC argues that the age of the tablet has essentially ended, manufacturers exhibiting at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year have only begun to fight. Here's a look through some of the coolest tablets on display.

RELATED: See a running list of stories from MWC 2015

2 mwc tablets

Archos Magnus series

Archos's Magnus series boasts some of the biggest storage capacity around, featuring 128GB built-in and a microSD slot for up to 128GB more on top of that in the 10.1-inch, 1080p version. A separate 1280x800 9.4-inch version goes even further, packing 256GB internally with the same 128GB microSD option. Handy for the glorious day when we get better (legal) options for downloadable movies and TV, though you'll have to make do with Android 4.4 KitKat instead of 5.0 Lollipop.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: Both models will cost $350 and go on sale in April.

3 mwc tablets

Sony Xperia Z4

Now that's up to date, the Xperia Z4 features a 10.1-inch, 2K display, and a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor as well as LTE connectivity, 3GB of RAM, and Exchange sync if you're somehow dragooned into doing work on it. It's also quite slim and elegant for its screen size, making it a slick, latest-gen Android Lollipop tablet.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: The Z4 will go on sale in the U.S. sometime this spring, and if reported European prices of ~$620 are accurate, expect prices to be in roughly that range.

4 mwc tablets

Lenovo TAB 2

The TAB 2 series includes the A10-70 -- a 10.1-inch, 1080p-screened full size model meant for media and gaming -- and the A8, an 8-inch device designed for video chatting and lighter use. Both run Android 4.4 and pack generally moderate specs; the real attraction is the price.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: The A10-70 will go on sale in April, at $200 for Wi-Fi-only and $280 for LTE, while the A8 will sell in June for $129 for Wi-Fi-only and $180 for LTE.

5 mwc tablets

Lenovo Ideapad MIIX 300

Lenovo also rolled out a Windows tablet, the Ideapad MIIX 300. It's similar in size to the Tab A8, but it uses an Intel Atom processor instead of a Mediatek quad-core. It also comes equipped with a one-year subscription to Office, which is handy.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: The Ideapad MIIX 300 will hit the shelves in July and start at $150.

6 mwc tablets

Huawei MediaPad X2

Huawei went the small-tablet route with the MediaPad X2, but didn't skimp on the horsepower. The device packs a 1920x1200 screen into 7 inches of real estate and features high-end cameras, an 8-core processor, Android 5.0, and a whopping 5000mAh battery.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: The downside: Huawei gave zero indication how much this power-packed mini-tablet might cost, nor when you might lay your grubby little hands on it.

7 mwc tablets

Nokia N1

As lots of people have already noted, the Nokia N1 might look just a wee bit familiar to you, if you're at all conversant in Apple's later-model tablets. However, this one IS different, in that it runs Android and is made by Nokia and not a company whose name rhymes with grapple.

PRICE/AVAILABILTY: Currently, the N1 is only available in China (for $250), but it's headed for U.S. shores at some point this year.

8 mwc tablets

Jolla tablet

What's SailfishOS, you ask? Only a custom Linux-based operating system that provides cross-compatibility with Android. And it's currently only available on products from Jolla, a crowdfunded Finnish company that showed off a tablet at MWC 2015. SailfishOS is designed for smooth multitasking, gesture-based interaction, and privacy, making the tablet an intriguing alternative.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: The Tablet starts at $220 from the company's IndieGoGo site, and Jolla has said that it plans to start shipping by the end of May.

9 mwc tablets

Fujitsu Stylistic V535

No delicate, glass-backed movie machines here -- Fujitsu's Stylistic V535 is an industrial tablet, partially ruggedized for use in tough conditions. Running Windows 8.1, the V535 is designed to survive bumps, bruises, scratches, water, and dust without breaking a sweat.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: It's available to order now, but the company's being tight-lipped on pricing, saying only that it varies by region, configuration, and, I assume, whether they're in a good mood or not.

10 mwc tablets

HP Spectre X360

Convertible tablets aren't exactly new, but the Spectre X360 made a splash at MWC 2015, with its premium construction, slim form factor and high-end internals. OK, it's not strictly a tablet, but it's impressive all the same.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: $900, available now.

11 mwc tablets

HaierPad w800

Chinese appliance maker Haier showed off the W800, a Windows 8.1 tablet with an 8-inch, 1200x800 display, a free year of Office 365, and an optional tiny keyboard cover for a total of about $165.

PRICE/AVAILABILITY: $140 without the keyboard cover or $165 with -- sadly, it's only currently available in a few European countries.

RELATED: Best new Android & Windows smartphones at MWC 2015