Items tagged with slate

Now that Microsoft has fully consumed Nokia's mobile product division, this could go down as one of the final pieces of hardware to ever ship with the Nokia brand name on it. After years of catering solely to the smartphone market, Nokia has extended the reach of the Lumia line to cover tablets, too. The Lumia 2520 is one of the more eye-catching Windows 8.1 RT slates on the market, shipping with a full copy of Office 2013 Home & Student as well as Outlook RT. The tablet will be shipping to Verizon stores on November 21st, replete with 4G LTE and an off-contract price of $500. That's impressive for one major reason: it wasn't too long ago that tablets were being sold for nearly as much on-contract,... Read more...
Apple seems fairly content letting everyone else battle it out for the under-$200 tablet market share crown, and if you haven't noticed, the war that's waging down there is getting pretty intense. Google's heralded Nexus 7 has a bit of like-minded competition today courtesy of the Tegra Note. Designed by EVGA, the Tegra Note 7 packs NVIDIA's 1.8GHz Tegra 4, a stylus, a built-in 5MP rear camera, 1GB of DDR3L-1600 memory, a 7" HD IPS display (1280x800), and a VGA front-facing webcam. There's also 16GB of storage, a microSD expansion slot, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, GPS + GLONASS, an ambient light sensor, HDMI output, USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a 4100mAh battery that's supposedly... Read more...
Here's a question: is it truly possible to produce a 20-inch handheld device and get away with calling it a tablet? Evidently so, at least if you're asking Panasonic. The longstanding electronics company has just announced that the planet's first 4K tablet will begin shipping in the United States early next year, but there are two problems that jump out from the start. First of all, you'll need to grow larger hands to adequately manhandle a 20-inch slate. Secondly, the MSRP looks to be around $6,000, so you'll need to spend your entire holiday bonus (and then some) in order to get one. If neither of those seem like huge drawbacks, the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5 packs a 3840x2560 resolution display (thats'... Read more...
Are you pleased with your tablet purchase? If you bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or any of the company's other slates, there's a good chance you're content. In fact, the majority of tablet owners, regardless of make and model, are enjoying their purchases, it just so happens that Samsung has a higher satisfaction rate than other manufacturer, according J.D. Power's 2013 U.S. Tablet Satisfaction Study -- Volume 2. Overall customer satisfaction with tablet devices is 821 on a 1,000-point scale. Samsung ranks highest with a score of 835 and is the only manufacturer to improve its ratings in all five categories (Performance, Ease of Use, Physical Design, Tablet Features, and Cost) since the last... Read more...
For years now, pundits have slammed the Android ecosystem as a whole for being fairly lax with protocol as it relates to app apperances on tablets. By and large, iPad-specific apps look infinitely better than Android apps blown up on a tablet. Many devs simply don't bother to re-code their app for larger screen devices in the Android world, and the ecosystem as a whole has suffered because of it. It looks as if that may be changing, at long last. A new post on Google's Developers Blog highlights a few changes that'll hit the Play Store on 11/21. Earlier this year, Google Play added a “designed for tablets” section, where users could easily discover apps that look great on their 7”-... Read more...
Dell's on the verge of pulling itself back into the hands of private ownership, but not before it issues an all-new line of tablets and revised XPS laptops. The new XPS 11 is said to be the thinnest, most compact 2-in-1 in the world, offering up a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display on an 11.6-inch 2-in-1. If you're looking for something a big larger, the refreshed XPS 15 offers as an option the first 15.6-inch Quad HD+ (3200 x 1800) display in the world, which is the highest resolution available on a laptop of that size. Even the XPS 13 is getting a boost, with a Full HD (1080p) screen option, faster CPU choices, and improved battery life. Over on the tablet side, there's the new Venue 8 Pro, which... Read more...
Nokia may be under Microsoft's rule in the near future, but it'll be expanding its hardware reach at least once more before that deal is officially signed off on. According to a new FCC filing that surfaced over the weekend, Nokia has a tablet en route. The codenamed RX-114 is tucked away in a massive document, detailing all sorts of measurements and band testing. The FCC filing, per usual, doesn't reveal much. That said, it does show that Verizon and AT&T LTE bands will be supported, and technically, T-Mobile will be included in some regard. It's also expected to launch with Windows RT -- an operating system that may already have one foot in the grave. Nokia is expected to officialy unveil... Read more...
The tablet wars rage on, and believe it or not, what used to be an online book seller is now at the forefront of the slate battle. Amazon has just unleashed a bevy of new products this evening, designed to tempt your wallet just as the holidays draw near. Let's take a look at what's on offer: The all-new Kindle Fire HDX was announced with a 7" or 8.9" display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor with 3x the processing power, 2x more memory as the prior flagship, 11 hours of battery life, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio. Amazon claims that the display has reduced glare and improved color accuracy, and the Snapdragon 800 should please power-hungry users. It's also equipped with... Read more...
If Old MacDonald really did own a farm, there would be a tap-tap here, a tap-tap there, here a tap, there a tap, everywhere a tap-tap, because quite frankly, you can't escape the tablet frenzy. That doesn't mean the desktop is dead by any means -- try doing high-level CAD work on an iPad, for instance -- but demand is so high for these portable devices that tablet shipments are on pace to surpass total PC shipments (desktops and laptops) in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to International Data Corporation (IDC). That's just the beginning. While PC shipments will still end up higher for the entire year, the changing of the guard that IDC forecasts in Q4 will continue on an annual basis by... Read more...
Don't look now, but IFA is about to kick off in Berlin, Germany. As has happened in past years, Asus is expected to have quite the unveiling at the show, and the famed Transformer Pad is ripe for an update. According to a new teaser posted up on the outfit's Facebook portal, a new Transformer Pad is set to be released at IFA on September 4, but little is known beyond that. It'll be black, have a medium-sized bezel, run Android, and will likely be powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 4 silicon. Beyond that, we know it'll boast Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (which isn't saying much obviously), but we'll have to wait until the curtain pulls back before we know items such as pricing and availability.... Read more...
Ever cringe when you're out in public and you spot a toddler playing an unprotected iPad, Galaxy Tab 10.1, or any other pricey piece of electronics? Either their parents are brave or they're foolish, as all it takes is one accidental drop to render an expensive slate nothing more than a heap of useless electronic parts. One solution is to cover your tablet in a protective case, or you could give little Billy his own slate, one that's designed specifically for kids. Samsung has one on tap. It's called the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids, a tablet built specifically for young ones with educational tools and safety features already baked in. "It’s no secret that kids are using technology more than ever... Read more...
Bad news if you were hoping to score a second generation iPad mini with an upgraded display sometime this holiday shopping season. While nothing is set in stone. word on the web is that a new iPad mini model won't even go into production until the fourth quarter of 2013, meaning its release would likely slip into 2014. It's long been believed that a Retina-class display will find its way onto a second generation iPad mini model, and according to Digitimes' supply chain sources, it will indeed boast a 2048x1536 resolution. Furthermore, Apple is said to be revising the design so that the bezel is almost non-existent. Don't rule out a slightly updated iPad mini model in time for the holiday shopping... Read more...
Acer tried warning Microsoft that it's not easy competing in the hardware space. Nevertheless, the Redmond outfit threw caution to the wind and introduced the world to its Surface RT and Pro devices, neither of which has shaken up the industry. We can speculate that the cost of entry -- $499 and up -- is a large reason why, and if that's the case, an 8-inch Surface tablet could be just what Microsoft needs. According to Digitimes, Microsoft is planning to launch an 8-inch version of Surface sometime next month, and a 10.x model in the third quarter of this year. We're a bit more interested in the 8-inch model, however, as it will presumably cost less than the current models. Based on info Digitimes... Read more...
The Galaxy Note 8.0 was first introduced at Mobile World Congress as a multifaceted device; it was part tablet, part mobile phone. Indeed, the global variant of the Note 8.0 is equipped with a cellular radio that can handle both data and voice transmission. But the Note 8.0 that shipped in the U.S. market is a simpler device, mostly because there's no voice capability--it's just a tablet. Well, "just" is a complicated term in this case. You see, the Note 8.0 is one of the only 8-inch tablets on the market. It's positioned between a glut of 7-inch tablets (including a few from Samsung itself), and a raft of 10-inch tablets. And the Note 8 offers a number of other features, like Samsung S Pen stylus... Read more...
Samsung introduced the original Galaxy Tab in late 2010 and Samsung's line-up of Galaxy-branded products has simply exploded since then. Even for those who avidly follow consumer technology, it's getting tough to track. There's the Galaxy Tab line of tablets, the Galaxy S line of smartphones, and then there's the Galaxy Note line which is comprised of an array of devices. It's the Galaxy Note line in particular that's perhaps the most complex. The smaller Note devices are traditionally phones, while the Note 10.1,  which as its name suggests is a 10.1 tablet, was added in order to offer S Pen stylus functionality in a tablet. As Samsung has evolved... Read more...
Raise your hand if you own a Windows 8 tablet. If we were to say that in a crowd of 100 tablet owners, less than 8 people would raise their hands, based on recent data supplied by Strategy Analytics, which figures Windows owns a 7.4 share of the global branded tablet OS market. One reason why Windows 8 slates may be having a tough time carving out a large user base could be due to price. If there's a bright side for Microsoft, it's that price is a short-term problem. Asus chief Jerry Chen told The Wall Street Journal that he's "very optimistic about sales for Windows 8 tablets this year," and he's drawing much of that optimism from his expectation that Windows 8 tablets will fall below $300 before... Read more...
There are some interesting things happening in the tablet world. Perhaps the biggest development of all is that Apple's iPad family is finally starting to yield market share to the competition, and that's primarily due to the increasing number of affordable Android slates being pumped out by name brand manufactures. At first, pedestrian price tags were only attached to Android tablets in the 7-inch range, but more recently we've started seeing large slates come down in cost. One of the more intriguing options is the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10, a 10.1-inch slate that streets for as little as $280, or about half the price of a regular sized iPad. Given that it's one of the least expensive 10.1-inch... Read more...
Generally speaking, tablet sales are booming and showing no signs of slowing down. Not tomorrow, not next week, and maybe not even in five years from now, no matter what the crystal ball says that BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is peering into. According to the latest figures provided by International Data Corporation, worldwide tablet shipments grew an incredible 142.4 percent year-over-year. Tablet shipments surpassed 49 million units in the first quarter of 2013, which is more than the entire first half of 2012. A primary driver of this growth is the demand for for smaller screen tablets, which in general tend to be less expensive than large-size slates. Once again, Apple led the way by shipping... Read more...
There are some interesting things happening in the tablet world. Perhaps the biggest development of all is that Apple's iPad family is finally starting to yield market share to the competition, and that's primarily due to the increasing number of affordable Android slates being pumped out by name brand manufactures. At first, pedestrian price tags were only attached to Android tablets in the 7-inch range, but more recently we've started seeing large slates come down in cost. One of the more intriguing options is the Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10, a 10.1-inch slate that streets for as little as $280, or about half the price of a regular sized iPad. Given that it's one of the least expensive 10.1-inch... Read more...
Big is always better, but small is in. So, what's a company to do? Both! Microsoft has the big-screen tablet market covered, with a litany of Windows RT and Windows 8 slates (not to mention the Surface range). But if Apple and Google have proven one thing, it's that people appreciate choice, and in particular, the choice of smaller tablets. 7" slates have grown hugely popular now that the iPad mini is a reality and devices like the low-cost Nexus 7 exist. Microsoft is clearly missing out on that market. But it may change that soon. On an earnings call today, Microsoft's outgoing CFO Peter Klein mentioned that Windows 8 was being engineered to run on devices with smaller screens, and that we'd... Read more...
AT&T today announced that it will begin offering Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet on April 5 "at an affordable price." It's the 32GB model with 4G LTE connectivity, but just how affordable is it? Well, for a limited time, AT&T says customers who purchase the $399 tablet with a two-year data agreement will receive up to $150 off, bringing the overall cost down to $249. Data plans start at $14.99 per month, which works out to nearly $360 during the life of the contract. That's still a significant savings, presuming you planned on forking over for a data plan to begin with (and if not, you should be shopping the non LTE version). "Being the first carrier to connect Amazon’s Kindle... Read more...
Lenovo's first ThinkPad tablet was a bit of a disappointment to be candid. Even the best Android Honeycomb tablets were severely lacking on a number of fronts, back in the day. What was the use of a business tablet that couldn't run business apps? Well, forget all that. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a real business tablet, and one that actually feels like a ThinkPad--albeit one that has a detachable keyboard. It runs Windows; not Windows RT, not Android, not Windows XP, but real Windows 8 (or Windows 8 Pro). It has a gorgeous 10.1-inch 1366x768 LED IPS multitouch screen, an optional active digitizer stylus, optional mobile broadband, and ThinkPad good looks (if you're into that). Its optional keyboard... Read more...
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