Microsoft and Apple last week kicked off promotions that may signal inventory clearing as they prepare their next generations of hardware.
On Friday, Microsoft debuted a deal that hands a free keyboard-cover to buyers of its Surface RT tablet.
The Surface RT offer runs from May 31 to June 30 in the U.S., Canada, and the European countries where Microsoft sells the tablet, including the U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands. Buyers of either the 32GB or 64GB Surface RT -- which in the U.S. list for $499 and $599, respectively -- will receive a free Touch Cover or Type Cover, or one of the limited edition Touch Covers.
The Touch Cover usually costs $120, while the Type Cover sells for $130.
The deals' timing is another clue that Microsoft is trying to get rid of its Surface inventory before launching new models. Its original tablets are coming up on their first anniversary -- Microsoft surprised the industry with its own hardware on June 18, 2012 -- and the BUILD conference at the end of this month would be a perfect stage for unveiling new tablets.
UNLEASHES NEW DISPLAY, PEN AND PERFORMANCE TECHNOLOGIES
Toshiba's New Android Tablet line up, the Excite Pro, Excite Purs and Excite Write Android tablets with new Display, Pen and Performance Technologies
Newest Android Tablet Features Include 10.1-inch PixelPure Super High-resolution Display, Digitizer Technology and the Latest Processors From NVIDIA. With Three All-new Models, Excite Tablet Family Offers Something for Everyone and Prices Starting at $299
Excite Pure pricing starts at $299.99 MSRP3. Key specs include a 10.1-inch AutoBrite™ display (1280 x 800), NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor, Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, 1GB DDR3 memory4, 16GB internal storage5, a 3MP rear camera, stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, and built-in Micro HDMI®, Micro USB ports and a Micro SD slot.
Excite Pro is priced at $499.99 MSRP. Key specs include a 10.1-inch PixelPure display (2560 x 1600), NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, 2GB DDR3, 32GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera, Harman Kardon stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, and built-in Micro HDMI, Micro USB ports and a Micro SD slot.
Excite Write is priced at $599.99 MSRP. Key specs include a 10.1-inch PixelPure digitizer display (2560 x 1600) featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 2, pressure sensitive Toshiba TruPen and TruNote application, NVIDIA Tegra 4 mobile processor, Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, 2GB DDR3 memory, 32GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera, Harman Kardon stereo speakers with DTS Premium Voice Pro, and built-in Micro HDMI, Micro USB ports and a Micro SD slot.
All three tablet models will be available beginning on June 25, 2013 and can be purchased directly from Toshiba at ToshibaDirect.com or from major retailers and e-tailers nationwide beginning in early July.
Tablets are everywhere, and while Apple's iPad – along with its little brother, the iPad mini – commands the most media attention, there's no shortage of excellent Android alternatives to choose from.
Here are my top 7 Android tablets for June 2013. New entries to this list include two budget Android tablets.
All of the tablets features here are very capable, powerful workhorses, and are ideal not only for home users, but also for enterprise users or those looking for a BYOD tablet. Any one of these will give you an excellent Android experience, and, when combined with the right apps, will allow you to get a lot of work done when you're away from your desk.
Google Nexus 7
My favorite tablet — and one that is rapidy replacing my full-size iPad as my go-to tablet.
The Google Nexus 7 was the first Nexus-branded tablet to be released by Google. The hardware, manufactured by Asus, consists of a 7-inch display with a 1280x800 resolution screen, an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a choice of 16GB or 32GB of storage, and a – somewhat limited – 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera.
Acer made four product announcements at the Computex trade show in Taiwan this week, including what it claims is the industry’s first 8” tablet.
The Acer Iconia W3 Tablet PC is an 8 tablet running Windows 8, and also comes pre-installed with a full version of Microsoft Office for no additional cost. It measures 0.45” thick and weighs in at 1.1 lbs, with an HD 720p display. Both micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports are built in, and an optional full-sized keyboard is also available. The W3’s suggested pricing is US$379, and pre-sales begin June 4th.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 will now be available in 3 screen-sixe models. Apart from the standard 7-inch tab, Samsung has now added an 8-inch tablet and a 10.1-inch tablet to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 series. While Samsung did have a 7.7-inch tablet in the past, the 8-inch Tab 3 bridges the gap. Also, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-inch acts as an upgrade to Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, 10.1-inch.
Both the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8-inch and 10.1-inch tablets run on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
I hadn't expected to see any new slider-style Windows 8 PCs, at least for a while, but Sony has surprised Geek
nce upon a time, Microsoft’s Surface wasn’t a consumer-grade portable tablet aimed at the iPad and Nexus market. Long before we all swiped through Windows 8 on the landscape-oriented tablet, it was a huge, expensive touchscreen table.
Certainly able to provide more entertainment than any coffee table book, the Platform 46 coffee table sports 60 touch points, and is free of the constraints of a bezel. Underneath the hood lies a Core i7 3770s processor, clocking in at 3.1GHz, an obvious 8GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive. The table also features Intel’s WiDi technology, which allows you to wirelessly beam the table’s contents to an HDMI-compatible display, though you will need a WiDi receiver.
The coffee table also has Ethernet and Bluetooth capability, as well as wireless N WiFi. It has a host of ports, including USB, HDMI, DVI, VGA, and DP. The table also comes with a Blu-ray player, and runs Windows 8 Professional 64-bit. If you aren’t too hot on the table’s starting specs, you can upgrade to 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD, as well as add a GPU.
The love affair between Americans and their tablets and smartphones shows no sign of abating.
More than four out of 10 (44%) now own a tablet computer, up from 30% last year, according to a new survey from Frank N. Magid Associates. Ownership is even higher, at 54%, among those ages 18 to 34.
As Apple heads into its annual Worldwide Developers Conference Monday, the tablet competition has caught up. Android-based devices are owned by 59% of tablet owners — matching the penetration of Apple's iPad and iPad Mini. Both platforms can exceed 50%, because some homes have more than one type of tablet.
The likely reason? Once a home gets one tablet, they need a spare. "People are fighting over these at home, that's my guess. I've certainly heard it anecdotally," says Mike Vorhaus, head of the company's Magid Advisors unit. The research firm last month surveyed more than 2,400 Americans with Internet access, ages 8 to 64, about tablet and smartphone ownership.
"When people get a tablet, they love it," he says. "It does basically everything. You can play games. You can watch video. You can do business e-mail, and you can stay in touch with your social network. It's pretty powerful."
Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007.
The new operating system, called iOS 7, strives for a clean, simple, translucent look. Apple is redesigning all its applications and icons to conform to the new look, driven by long-time hardware design chief Jony Ive.
Apple demonstrated the new software at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco on Monday. The new design direction was widely expected and will show up on iPhones, iPad and iPod Touches this fall.
Apple updates its iOS operating system every year and doesn't charge for the updates. The new operating system will be available for the iPhone 4 and later models, and on the iPad 2 and later models, including the Mini. The launch of the new software traditionally coincides roughly with the launch of the year's new iPhone model.
The new operating system will extend battery life and shorten boot-up times, Federighi told the audience of software developers. The system improves support for multiple displays and imports the tab concept from Web browsers to the Finder file-organizer.
Forty-four percent of Americans now own a tablet computer, according to a survey from research firm Frank N. Magid Associates, a 30% increase from last year’s figures. The ownership rate among those ages 18-to-34 is even higher with 54% reporting owing a tablet ownership.
The survey also found Android-based tablets gaining popularity and catching up to Apple , with both exceeding 50% ownership rates. Some homes even have more than one tablet, with respondents saying they need a “spare”, according to the report.
Louis Ramirez, senior feature writer at dealnews.com, says tables’ convenience make them more attractive than laptops and says the number of tablets in a home surpassed laptops for the first time ever.
The 8 best Android tablets of 2013 - the Android tablet market has exploded recently and the result is loads of new tablets being released each month. To help you work out which one is right for you, PC Advisor reviews the 8 best Android tablets available to buy in 2013.
The Nexus 10 is easily the best 10in Android tablet we've seen to date. It has a fantastic screen, decent cameras and software features all for a more than reasonable price. Those looking for an alternative to the full-sized iPad needn't look any further.
Lenovo has announced the arrival of its latest lineup of Windows 8 touch-optimized Think devices designed to optimize workplace productivity for small medium businesses (SMBs) and enterprises.
"SMBs and enterprises go for practical and simple devices that can be used for a variety of office needs. Our latest ThinkPad devices, the ThinkPad Helix and ThinkPad Tablet 2, combine performance and versatility befitting the multi-faceted lifestyle of today's corporate workers and business professionals," Vicky Agorilla, Lenovo Philippines general manager, announced on Tuesday.
Agorilla said both devices feature advanced software like Lenovo Cloud Storage and offer the companies and IT managers the support they need to secure and manage company data seamlessly.
ThinkPad Tablet 2 has a thin and light design measuring 9.8 milimeters (mm) and weighing less than 600 grams (1.3 pounds). It has a 10.1-inch screen.
The latest lineup is powered by Intel Atom processor-based mobile platform and Windows 8 Pro, has an HD display, front and rear cameras for video conferencing and uploading photos, noise canceling microphones, HDMI port and wireless video streaming.
Specifically designed for Windows 8, ThinkPad Tablet 2 serves as a multi-use tablet. It has an optional digitizer and pen for precision input, along with security features like a Fingerprint Reader, IT manageability technologies, and corporate-level service and support.
There’s a very good reason Apple’s iPads continue to be world’s best selling tablets–actually make that 375,000. That’s how many apps are available for Apple’s iPad and iPad mini, compared to a few dozen tablet apps highlighted in the Google Play store and the Windows Store’s 60,000 options. Plus, many newer apps in the App Store take full advantage of the larger iPad’s Retina Display, delivering unparalleled sharpness.
hics-2013/Sony/Sony_VAIO_13_Duo_tablet.jpg" alt="Sony Vaio Duo 13 Tablet" width="300" height="214" align="right" />me with an updated and expanded version of the Duo. This new version bumps the screen size up to 13 inches from 11 inches, adds new CPUs from Intel's just-announced fourth-generation Core i-series, and is called the Vaio Duo 13.
While it's still not going to be a mainstream device, the new Duo 13 takes a stab at rebooting the slider and correcting some of the things that were so irksome about the original Duo 11. Most importantly, the sliding mechanism for exposing the keyboard is much-improved and actually opens and closes easily with a single finger. It's a much smoother experience, whereas the Duo 11 hinge confused some people.
This is also a larger 13-inch screen in a fairly compact body. The Duo 11 felt like a chunky 11-inch ultraportable laptop/tablet, whereas the new 13-inch design is as thin and light as any ultrabook-style 13-inch PC (except for Sony's new Vaio Pro 13, which is amazingly light).
TabletKiosk®, a leading manufacturer of enterprise-grade tablet PCs and mobile accessories, today announced they have joined forces to bring embedded 3D camera technology to the portable Tablet PC market.
TabletKiosk has created a conceptual prototype using its successful Sahara Slate PC® i500 platform and integrating the SoftKinetic DepthSense® 3D camera. The new Tablet PC provides powerful performance and 3D capabilities for the most natural and intuitive user experience on the market, and will be demonstrated by SoftKinetic during Computex in Taipei June 4-6, 2013, at the W Hotel suite 1730.
"We are incredibly excited to work with TabletKiosk and to be at the forefront of a major shift in 3D capabilities for the all-in-one market," said Mitch Reifel, Vice President of Sales at SoftKinetic. "TabletKiosk's superior platform allows our cutting-edge camera and 3D technology to integrate seamlessly. The enterprise market is leading the change for portable 3D devices, and we are anxious to play a major role in reshaping the ways in which users interact with their devices."
In addition to popular features such as 3D facial and gesture recognition, the TabletKiosk prototype will offer advanced capabilities including 3D mapping, image capture and virtual reality for a more engaging user experience. The embedded SoftKinetic DS525 module, the first short-range 3D, RGB and Audio module on the market, features a patented Time-of-Flight (ToF) depth sensor that allows data recognition from as close as 15cm, at up to 60 frames-per-second (fps).
If the rumors are true, Apple's next invention is to make the iPhone and iPad look more like Windows 8, which is "flat." This is supposed to reignite Apple's earnings, which have stagnated so far this year.
In the bigger picture, though, for Apple to focus on changing the icon colors is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic -- almost literally. Apple has hit an iceberg, and it's losing water -- fast.
The name of this iceberg? Google
Google, together with a long list of hardware partners -- Samsung, Asus, Acer, HTC, Sony , Lenovo , ZTE, Huawei, Motorola and many more -- are attacking Apple like hyenas bite into a gnu. They're doing it through lower prices, improved hardware, and better services.
PC Advisor has given its Best 7in Tablet award for 2013 to the Google Nexus 7. Here's why.
A true game-changer, Google entered the tablet market with its Nexus 7, made by Asus. The Nexus 7 launched at the startlingly low price of £159 and was the first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, offering a 7in screen and a quad-core processor. Google set a new standard for budget tablets. It's an unbelievably well-equipped device for such a low price. The silky-smooth performance and high-resolution IPS screen are highlights.
Hulu Plus version 3.0 adds the ability to minimize a video during playback by tapping an icon or pinching the video. Doing so shrinks the video down to occupy only a section of the bottom portion of the screen, allowing users to continue to browse content even while their current show keeps playing.
Computex 2013 has recently showed us devices with cutting edge technologies and features. Asus and Acer revealed their laptop and ultrabook along with Hybrid PC/tablet and kindled joy among many tech geeks. However, they were not the only ones to be the apple of the eye in the Computex 2013. There was one more company that showed its elegance with the introduction of a tablet featuring Windows 8.1 OS.
Yes! The talk is about the Taiwanese OEM Inventec that demoed reference design of a concept tablet called "Lyon". To go by the specs, this so called Lyon tablet is powered by a 22nm quad-core Intel Bay Trail-M processor clocked at 1.66GHz and has 2GB of RAM. The device is said to have 1280 x 800 resolution IPS screen and can be expected to come with 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
Reportedly, Lyon was displayed during Microsoft's keynote. The 7-inch Lyon can only manage about 3.5 hours of video playback. However, Inventec claimed that the hardware and driver optimizations would boost that degree.
There is a range of connectivity options despite the Lyon's smaller size. The tablet features WiFi and the model that Inventec showed at Computex 2013 housed a micro USB host port, HDMI output and reports say that it's ready and willing to install front and rear-facing cameras.
It is also said that the Bay Trail tablets are expected to run both on Windows 8.1 and Android, and the screen size of these devices should be around 7 to 10-inches. When it comes down to the price it is reported to come around $199, which is supposedly the perfect price for Windows 8.1 tablets.
New Windows PCs have always been the main attraction at Computex, the annual trade show in Taipei. But notable on the show floor this year is the growing presence of Google’s Android OS, which is creeping into more and more tablets, televisions, set-top boxes and even PCs.
The benefits of Android aren’t hard to see: it can be free to use, it’s more open than Windows because it’s open source, and it’s seen by some as the operating system of the moment, according to companies using it at the show. “Everyone is using Android phones and Android pads. This is the mainstream,” said Debbie Lai, a sales manager with Honeywld Technology. Her Taiwan-based company plans to launch Android set-top boxes that will bring the OS to TVs, allowing users to surf the Web and use Android apps on their televisions.
Idolian Mobile, a leading manufacturer and distributor of wholesale-direct-to-consumer android tablet and accessories, announced today the launch of 8GB version of the Mini Studio Android tablet. The Idolian Mini STUDIO 8GB is a high-performance, high-quality tablet that is a direct competitor to the iPad Mini. Mini Studio 8GB MSRP is at $178 but it will be launched at promotional price at $149 until end of June only from idolian.com.
The Mini STUDIO is part of the Idolian “STUDIO Series,” which consists of three high-performance tablet models that feature eight- and 2 of the 10.1-inch screens, respectively, and all come with Dual Core processors. The Mini STUDIO, specifically, includes several features that rival similar tablets in usability and performance, including the iPad.
The Mini STUDIO’s specs include a multi-touch capacitive eight-inch IPS screen used on IPad Mini, a Cortex A9 Dual Core processor with a speed of 1.6GHz that runs on Android 4.1 with 1 GB of RAM.
Additionally, Mini STUDIO is built with the same or better specs than rival devices, including (for a complete list, visit http://www.idolian.com):
Editors Note: it appears that Best Buy as well as other online retailers will have the Lenovo Horizon for sale before July 1, 2013.
Lenovo's 27-inch Windows 8 tablet (called the IdeaCentre Horizon Multimode Tablet PC) apparently will begin shipments on July 1, 2013. Potentially a digital coffee table, Lenovo announced the big screen tablets back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January 2013. The VAR Guy has been saving up for the big Horizon tablet ever since. Are there business use cases? Absolutely yes.
Apple announced a raft of new features coming to its iOS software, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Here's a look at 10 new features in the iOS 7 software, which is expected to be available to consumers in the fall:
iTunes radio. Apple also debuted its answer to Pandora. ITunes Radio will be available on computers and mobile devices later this year. The program brings in preprogrammed radio stations to iTunes, and will let listeners create stations based on their favorite artists.
Control Center: You'll be able to swipe up from any screen to immediately jump into system settings such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
AirDrop. The new feature is Apple's answer to Samsung's Galaxy S line of phones, which let other Galaxy users share photos and other files by clicking the phones together. AirDrop lets other iOS users send items directly to each other, without opening text message or e-mail to do so. (This feature has already been available on Apple's latest Mac computers.)
After more than a year of rumors, Microsoft today finally released a version of its Office suite for the iPhone.
The app, available for subscribers of Redmond's Web-based Office 365, includes iPhone versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, which allow you to create, edit, and update all of your documents and sync them with Microsoft's SkyDrive cloud storage service.
Any iPhone user can download the app, but without a subscription to Office 365, you can't actually use any of its programs. Office 365 Home Premium subscriptions cost $99.99 per year and the Small Business Premium edition runs $150 per year for each user.
you can see in action in the video below, starring my CNET.com colleague Dan Ackerman. The Horizon has lots of twisty swooshy apps for looking at photos and so on, as well as simple games preinstalled.
The best thing is that it comes with tabletop gaming accessories, like air hockey dibbers and a wireless die for board games.
At 495 grams, the Xperia Tablet Z is so light, it seems more like something you’d find atop a coffee table at a furniture store than a fully functional tablet. I’ve never felt comfortable carrying a full-sized iPad in one hand due to its weight (652 grams), but not once did I worry about dropping Sony's tablet.
At 0.27-inch thick, the Xperia Tablet Z is thinner than the iPad. But because it sports boxy edges (as opposed to the iPad’s curved lines), it doesn’t feel thinner than an iPad—but it is much easier to hold onto. In fact, this is the first large tablet I’ve held that feels more like a magazine than a piece of technology.
One of the Tablet Z’s most interesting selling points is that it’s waterproof. You can’t take it scuba diving, but you can bring it in the bathtub with you. This feat is managed by the placement of removable port covers over the tablet’s Micro-USB port (also used for charging) and Micro-SD slot. As someone who bites his nails but doesn’t routinely find himself wanting to use a tablet where it’s wet, I found this feature annoying—it was a bit of a struggle for me to get those ports open.
That said, if you’re someone who does fancy a tablet surfing session while taking a bath but don't want to perform the Bezos Maneuver and stick your device in a Ziploc bag, have I got the tablet for you.
It is impossible to draw firm conclusions based on this test, but there are some general points that we can gather.
iOS is a stable and intuitive platform. It is the most immediately easy to use mobile OS. But it is limited: even with the plethora of apps available our tester found it difficult to complete tasks involving Office or Flash. These things are possible, but in the time we allowed he found the constraints of iOS prevented him being entirely productive.
Windows 8 offers almost the opposite conundrum. It can do it all, but the learning curve is steep. There is literally nothing you can't do on a Windows 8 Pro tablet that you can do on a PC.
Android sits somewhere in the middle. Now that Google Play offers a comparable selection of apps and media, it is a genuine rival to Apple's platform. But this customisable OS remains a compromise: it is not as polished as iOS, and it offers not as much in the way of true functionality as does Windows 8 Pro.
NOOK customers now have the power of photo streaming and social photo sharing with NeroKwik app. NeroKwik provides NOOK users with a fast and visually stunning interface that makes it easy to access and share photos stored on any smartphone, tablet, PC, cloud storage service and even on social media sites. Now users can instantly view and share photos they captured with their mobile device directly on NOOK HD, NOOK HD+ and NOOK Tablet.
"Barnes & Noble is committed to offering customers more creative and socially engaging ways to use NOOK devices. We are thrilled to have NeroKwik on the NOOK Store and are excited to provide our customers with instant photo streaming and sharing capabilities," said Claudia Romanini, Vice President of NOOK Apps at NOOK Media. "NeroKwik gives our users a solution to access all their photos in one place, create photo collages and share them with friends and family."
Microsoft will give attendees at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference a free Surface RT as part of an effort to push technology use in the classroom.
As part of the ITSE event, attendees will be provided with a Microsoft Surface RT for use at their local schools. According to the organization, that means a gift of around 10,000 Surface RT tablets heading to local schools across the country.
Though there’s no doubt that the company wants to do its part to continue to modernize education, it also helps the company get their consumer and lifestyle oriented products in front of more users, both young and old.
According to Microsoft’s Vice President of United States Education, Margo Day, “Educators using Surface RT have the best of both worlds: the wonderful experience of a tablet combined with a no-compromise experience of a full-functioning laptop that includes Office and allows for creation and collaboration, and not just consumption.”
Summary: Excitement over Apples upcoming ios 7 and the launch of the iPad 5 continue to grow. Right now its pure speculation on every ones part, but the majority believe the new iPhone and iPad along with iOS 7 will both appear in September.
Pad 5 could be the first device to be launched with iOS 7. The release is expected to happen later this year. The update is a big one as it introduces a massive overhaul to the iOS operating system, one that Apple says is the biggest since the original introduction of iOS with the iPhone back in 2007.
iOS 7 looks remarkably different from previous versions of iOS, including the latest update from Apple, iOS 6. Gone are the skeuomorphic textures of the previous versions of iOS, replaced by vastly different icons and textures. Apple has also seen it fit to add in a number of new features, as it always does with its annual iOS update.
Summary: If your considering the Goggle Nexus 10 Tablet and the iPad, the Video below shows the differences between the two tablets to help you decide which tablet may be best for you.
The Apple iPad 4 and the Google Nexus 10 are two full size tablets on the market at the moment. If you are trying to decide between the two tablets then you might want to view a video which we have seen recently which shows how the two compare against each other.
Summary: Samsung and their Galaxy line of Tablets is quickly gaining on Apple's share of the tablet market.
Samsung Electronics has more than doubled its market share in the global tablet computer market in just one year. According to U.S. market research firm Strategy Analytics, Samsung Electronics sold 9.1 million units of tablet computing devices worldwide in the first quarter of this year. This figure is up 355 percent compared to 2 million units a year ago.
Samsung Electronics' market share also rose sharply. Its tablet computer market share stood at 18.9 percent in the first quarter of this year, a 2.5-fold increase from 7.6 percent a year ago. Its ranks remain No. 2 in the global tablet computer market.
Newest Tablet PCs Feature Enhanced Graphics Performance, Greatly Improved Battery Life, Integrated Front and Rear Facing Cameras, and True RS-232 Serial Connectivity.
TabletKiosk, a leading provider of slate-style Tablet PCs and customized mobility solutions for the enterprise, today announced two new additions to its flagship line of 12.1” Tablet PCs. The Sahara Slate PC i575 and Sahara Slate PC i535 are premium, enterprise-grade Tablet PCs powered by 3rd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors and offer enhanced performance and security features, greatly improved battery life and expanded connectivity.
The new Sahara Slate PC i575 and i535 Tablet PCs offer many upgraded features over the existing models that make them even more valuable for business use, including:
Improved performance, greatly enhanced battery life, and hardware embedded security features with 3rd generation Intel Core vPro™ processors
User upgradable to 16GB of RAM and 1.0TB HDD or 480GB SSD
Built-in front and rear facing cameras
2x USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.2 and Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0 (LE) Dual Mode
A true—not USB emulated—RS-232 Serial Port for interoperability with legacy industrial devices
Summary: with the success of the 8 inch iPad mini more 8 inch android tablets are on OEM the road maps for release later this year. While 8 inches has proved to be a popular size because of the iPad mini, users should chose what they are comfortable with over what is popular.
Android tablets have largely been a 7- or 10-inch affair to date, but 8 inches could be the new sweet spot, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
Dell and Lenovo are among the tablet makers preparing 8-inch Android tablets, according to a blog post Tuesday from NPD DisplaySearch.
what's driving this expected move to 8-inchers? The success of the 7.9-inch iPad Mini is one big reason.
"Apple's iPad mini...has captured a significant share of the market...Brands are hoping to expand this 'middle class,' gaining some share and slightly better margins than 7-inch tablet PCs," Shim wrote.
Summary: Apple has been awarded a a $30 million contract that will provide provide every student in the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District) with an iPad.
Apple Inc. won a $30-million contract Tuesday from the L.A. Unified School District, paving the way for the company to provide every student with an iPad in the nation's second-largest school system.
The Board of Education voted 6 to 0 on Tuesday to approve the contract after hearing senior staff laud Apple's product as both the best in quality and the least expensive option that met the district's specifications.
Tuesday's vote authorized an iPad rollout at 47 campuses. However, by choosing Apple as the sole vendor, the district also made a de facto commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars with the Cupertino, Calif.-based digital giant over the next two years.
The tablet computer by Apple “received the highest scoring by the students and the teachers,” who took part in testing different devices, said Deputy Supt. Jaime Aquino.
The district is paying $678 per device -- higher than tablets available in stores -- but the machines will be pre-loaded with educational software. The price does not include a keyboard, which may be necessary for older students.
A Microsoft representative urged the board to pilot more than one product and not to rely on one platform. Doing so could cut off the district from future price reductions and innovations, said Robyn Hines, senior director of state government affairs for Microsoft.
Hines also noted that more businesses still use Microsoft platforms, and that students should be exposed to machines they will encounter in the workplace.
Summary: Everyone has their own opinion on what size of tablet is the best, but the truth is, there is no "best" size. No matter what size is the most popular, the size that a person is most comfortable using is what is best for each individual user.
NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim says that tablet PCs with screen sizes smaller than 9 inches will account for 66 percent of overall shipments this year — and the trend is going to continue.
In a blog post on Tuesday, Shim says that although Android tablets are often 7- or 10-inch models, 8-inch tablets represent the best balance between larger smartphones and the tablet PC.
The 8-inch tablet trend is touted as a means to drive further adoption and entice consumers who want to part with less than $200 per device. In addition, Apple's planned refresh of the iPad Mini in the fourth quarter is believed to be a catalyst for production changes. Shim writes that "Brands are hoping to expand this “middle class,” gaining some share and slightly better margins than 7-inch tablet PCs."
Such a move would makes sense for Microsoft, as Qualcomm announced earlier this month that its Snapdragon 800 processor now supports Microsoft's Windows 8.1 operating system, which is set to feature on the second generation Surface RT tablet in the form of Windows RT 8.1. This will provide the Surface RT 2 with features such as Outlook email, interface enhancements and an updated Internet Explorer web browser.
Handgiftbox.com Mobile, a leading manufacturer and distributor of wholesale-direct-to-consumer android tablet and accessories, announced today the launch of 16GB version of the Mini Studio Android tablet. The Handgiftbox.com Mini STUDIO 16GB is a high-performance, high-quality tablet that is a direct competitor to the iPad Mini. Mini Studio 16GB MSRP is at $256 but it will be launched at promotional price at $121 until end of June only from Handgiftbox.com.
The Mini STUDIO is part of the Handgiftbox.com “STUDIO Series,” which consists of three high-performance tablet models that feature eight- and 2 of the 10.1-inch screens, respectively, and all come with Dual Core processors.
Summary: At the event in held in London, Samsung made it clear that the new ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 bothrun the full Microsoft Windows 8 and not Windows RT as the original ATIV did, which means users can run all of their previously Windows applications including Microsoft Outlook..
Samsung Electronics has launched the ATIV Q, a tablet-laptop hybrid with a 3,200 x 1,800 pixel resolution screen that runs Windows 8 as well as Android. The company also introduced the Windows 8-based ATIV Tab 3 tablet.
The ATIV Q's 3,200 x 1,800 pixel screen measures 13.3 inches, and the device can be used as a tablet or a laptop with a foldout keyboard. The screen can also be flipped 180 degrees and is bright enough to work in sunshine, according to Samsung. Users can choose between Windows 8 and Android at the push of a button on the screen without rebooting. Android apps can also be pinned to the Windows home screen.
The device is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, weighs 1.29 kilograms and is 13.9 millimeters thick. The storage consists of a 128GB solid-state drive. If that isn't enough it can be expanded using a microSD card.
The Windows 8-based ATIV Tab 3 has a 10.1-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. Users can store movies, magazines and other content on the 64GB integrated storage or a microSD card. The tablet weighs 550 grams and is 8.2 millimeters thick. Sony's Xperia Tablet Z and the iPad are 6.9 millimeters and 9.4 millimeters thick, respectively.
Both ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3 are compatible with Samsung's S Pen. Samsung didn't announce any details on pricing or international availability.
Lenovo is bringing another Windows 8 tablet to market -- this one made with keyboard cover in mind -- along with five new touch-based laptops that are slated to arrive globally in July and August.
The tablet, called the Lenovo Miix, features a 10.1-inch screen with a 1366 by 768 resolution and an Intel Atom dual-core processor. As the product's name suggests, Lenovo has tried to mix the features of a PC and a tablet, and offers an optional detachable folio case with a built-in keyboard.
The Lenovo Miix will start at US$500 and boasts 10 hours of battery life. The tablet will have 64GB of storage, along with a micro-SD slot for expandable memory of up to 32GB. It weighs around 550 grams and is 10 millimeters thick.
Summary:Samsung is releasing three new tablets that take on the look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones. In addition to the updated look, the ten inch Samsung Ativ Tab 3 will be the first Samsung Android tablet to be powered by an Intel processor
Samsung is making its tablet computers look more like its hit Galaxy phones in the hope that the success of the smartphones can boost tablet sales.
Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, $199 device will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.
“Our goal is to attract Galaxy smartphone users, and to make it the ultimate smartphone accessory,” said Shoneel Kolhatkar, director of product planning at Samsung Mobile.
The “Tab” line is Samsung’s value brand, undercutting the price of similar Apple models. Samsung’s premium tablets are in the “Note” line, which include styluses.
The 10-inch model is the first Android-powered Samsung tablet to use an Intel processor
Summary:While Sony hasn't made a name for it self in the tablet space, the Xperia Z tablet which runs the Android 4.1.2 OS is lightweight and has some nice features including a shatterproof and scratch-resistant screen.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z has some serious 'wow' factor. While recently released smartphones and tablets have mostly tinkered around the edges,with incremental improvements to hardware, the Xperia Z tablet is here to shake things up.
There’s plenty to like about the Xperia tablet’s design: an impressively slim 6.9mm device which is not only thinner than other 10” inch tablets but also puts the iPhone 5 to shame.
Equally impressive is the fact that Sony has managed to fit all the necessary ports and battery without putting on much weight. The water and dustproof device weighs in at just 495 grams. That’s 24 per cent lighter than the latest iPad and 18 per cent lighter than a Google Nexus 10.
Business users who need a tough 10” inch tablet that’s light enough to hold in one hand, is IP57 certified for use in damp or dusty environments, with a shatterproof and scratch-resistant screen and a high resolution 8MP camera, will find the Xperia Tablet Z a great match for their needs.
Summary: Today at an event in China, HP unveiled the HP Slate 21 AIO, which is a 21 inch all-in-one Android slate desktop.
The HP Slate 21 AIO includes a 21.5-inch touch screen that basically turns the PC into a giant Android tablet - propped up by a kickstand.
The device runs Android 4.2.2 and an Nvidia Tegra 4 processor, which Nvidia showed off recently at Computex. There are built-in dual speakers, a webcam, and wireless printing capabilities. HP also talked up the multi-tasking capabilities of Android, allowing users to listen to music while surfing the Web, for example.
At today's event, HP also discussed the Split X2, which was introduced in the U.S. last month. The Split X2 is a 13.3-inch Windows 8 tablet PC with a detachable keyboard base unit. The Split X2 can function either as a clamshell-style notebook or as a slate tablet, since the system's processor, main storage, and primary battery reside behind the screen.
Two weeks following its 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has seeded a second beta of the upcoming iOS 7 to developers. The new seed is available in iOS Settings via the Software Update section. It should arrive on Apple’s Developer Portal as a full download later today.
The new beta likely focuses on performance improvements and bug fixes as this is what Apple tends to focus on during major iOS release beta phases. Earlier today, we published an extensive look at changes between initial iOS release betas and the launched version. It is likely that iOS 7 will see multiple refinements between now and launch.
iOS 7 includes an all-new user interface and features such as AirDrop peer-to-peer file transfer functionality, Control Center for quickly accessing settings, a new Photos app, integration with cars, and new Siri voices and options.
SensoMotoric Instruments GmbH (SMI) of Germany, a global leader in eye-tracking technology for more than 20 years, is collaborating with Tablet Kiosk, a leading manufacturer of enterprise-grade Tablet PCs, to develop and produce the first Tablet PC with market-ready eye tracking integration. SMI`s leading remote eye tracking technology was integrated seamlessly into TabletKiosk`s new Sahara EyeSlate™ , allowing for contact free eye control that does not require an external eye tracking module.
TabletKiosk and SMI plan to market the Sahara EyeSlate™ both as an augmentative /alternative communication device (AAC) and also as a powerful Windows 7 and Windows 8 Tablet PC that can be controlled via eye gaze, touch, voice or handwriting recognition in lieu of a physical keyboard and mouse.
Apple’s iOS 7 beta 2 brings with it much-anticipated iPad support, and while we’re still some months out from a full – or fully optimized – release, the new version is already looking arguably more at home on the tablet than it does on the iPhone.
Acer is gearing up for the release of Apple's iPad Mini 2. To compete against Apple's latest tablet offering, Acer just revealed their Iconia W3. It is an 8.1-inch tablet that will go head to head not just with the iPad Mini 2 but with other 8-inch tablets soon to hit stores in the third quarter.
the Iconia W3 is the smallest tablet in the world of its kind. Aside from the small display, the device also runs on a dual-core 1.8GHz Atom Z2760 processor.
While Acer's newest tablet does not on the latest or fastest processor like x86 processors, the Atom Z2760 still allows the device to last long hours. Ideally, the Iconia W3 should offer up to 8 hours of battery life. This provides users more computing hours depending on their requirements.
The Iconia is just a pound over and less than one-half-inch thick. Screen display is at 1,280x800 pixels. This is ideal enough for watching 720p videos. Acer has included the complete Office suite for free boosting the value of the tablet. Not to mention, Acer decided to offer Iconia at a reasonable price.
The shift in OS dominance mirrors the changing computer landscape, where desktops and laptops are increasingly being replaced by smartphones and tablets. Microsoft has struggled to gain mass adoption for Windows Phone 8, and the dueling Windows 8 and Windows RT have confused some tablet buyers, leading to poor wales of both.
Beyond Apple coming close to supplangting Microsoft in 2014, or actually surpassing Microsoft in 2015, there's no question an equally symbolic landmark will be passed this year when sales of devices based on Google's Android operating system beat the combined sales of Apple and Microsoft products.
Android is already the Number 1 computing platform on new devices, with more than 500 million devices shipped to stores in 2012, versus 559 million for Apple (OS X and iOS) and Windows (PC, tablet, and smartphone versions) combined. This year, Android is expected to ship on 867 million devices, while the combined total of Apple and Windows products will hit 636 million, according to Gartner.
Summary: Acers W3 feels more like a Kindle than a tablet when your holding it, but its running Microsoft Windows 8 which give you the ability to run legacy applications and be more productive than using a tablet running Android.
The W3 feels more like a Kindle in the hand than a tablet.
Unlike with a Kindle, though, you’re getting a full Windows 8 PC in the W3. Not, mind you, a blisteringly fast one: the Intel Atom 1.5GHz Z2760 processor and 2GB of memory are sufficient to keep Windows 8′s Metro-style UI moving with reasonable smoothness
The big competition for the Iconia W3 isn’t from Microsoft’s Surface range, but Samsung. The South Korean heavyweight is better known for its Android slates, but revealed a compact Windows 8 version, the ATIV Tab 3 earlier this month. Like the Iconia W3 it has an optional keyboard dock (though Samsung integrates it into a folio case, rather than the larger version Acer offers) but the Tab 3 also supports an active stylus S Pen for text-entry and sketching.
The difference may well come down to price. Samsung is yet to confirm exactly how much the Tab 3 will cost, but Acer’s Iconia W3 is already something of a bargain: $379.99 gets you the entry-level model with 32GB of storage, or $429.99 to double up on the storage.
Microsoft closed out its Build 2013 developer conference today with an in-depth demonstration of Project Spark in action.
Project Spark is a digital canvas that has you using a controller, the Kinect, a mouse, or a touchscreen to design games that are immediately playable. It is due out this year for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Windows 8.
McCarthy had the developer make some changes to the level using a Windows 8 tablet running the SmartGlass app that connects tablets to the Xbox console. After around a minute in the tablet, the developer was able to change the game from a controller-based title to a touch-enabled game.
This $299.00 cart is a very handy accessory for Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon, You need twist just a single oversized knob to remove and reattach the tablet to the cart. So it’s easy to use the Horizon as an all-in-one PC most of the time, and an roll-away arcade system on game nights.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.