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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... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface Pro has been out just over a month now, but with its $899 base price, it's at the high-end of what a lot of consumers are willing to fork over for a Windows 8-equipped tablet, and that's not even factoring in the $120+ keyboard option. Thankfully, the market is getting a few more entrants in the field, and Lenovo's IdeaTab Lynx is one of the more interesting ones. It's priced well below the Surface Pro, is compatible with an optional keyboard dock, and runs a full, unabashed copy of Windows 8. If you've been holding out for the perfect Win8 tablet, you may be interested in finding out how this tab stacks up in our usual gauntlet of tests. Review: Lenovo's IdeaTab Lynx Windows... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface Pro has been out just over a month now, but with its $899 base price, it's at the high-end of what a lot of consumers are willing to fork over for a Windows 8-equipped tablet, and that's not even factoring in the $120+ keyboard option. Thankfully, the market is getting a few more entrants in the field, and Lenovo's IdeaTab Lynx is one of the more interesting ones. It's priced well below the Surface Pro, is compatible with an optional keyboard dock, and runs a full, unabashed version of Windows 8 Pro. If you've been holding out for the perfect Win8 tablet, you may be interested in finding out how this tab stacks up in our usual gauntlet of tests. Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx (11.6"... Read more...
It may have taken awhile for Android tablets to hit their collective stride, but these days there are a several worthy options. What's more, the prevalence of quality Android slates has driven down the cost of entry and forced vendors to lower the price on existing models. So it goes with Amazon and it's Kindle Fire HD 8.9" slate. The large screen version of Amazon's best selling tablet now sells for $269 in the U.S., down from its previous price of $299. An even bigger price cut comes to the 4G version, which now sells for $399 instead of $499. The savings coincide with the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" launching in several new territories today, including the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and... Read more...
A market research firm forecasts media tablet shipments around the world will reach 145 million units in 2013. New players, a wider range of lower cost tablets to choose from, and increased interest from business sectors will help media tablets to "continue to take the market by storm," ABI Research says. "The rate of innovation is slowing as tablet vendors augment their product portfolios to meet the needs of market audiences," says ABI Research senior practice director Jeff Orr. "The late 2012 launches of Apple’s iPad mini and a variety of slates based on Intel architecture and new Windows operating systems will only begin to show their progress this year." Where does that leave dedicated... Read more...
You know you've made it once companies start coming out of the woodwork using your operating system. Case in point? Google's Android, which has now slipped onto yet another Android late that you probably wouldn't have heard of otherwise. RAmos is a Chinese outfit that has actually been around for quite some time making mobile products, and its newest might just be the most compelling yet. The 9.4" W42 is a uniquely sized tablet, boasting Android 4.0, a Mali-400 GPU, and a Samsung-built quad-core CPU (Exynos 4412). The touch panel packs a 1280x800 IPS resolution, and internally there's 1GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt storage, a microSD expansion slot, and front/rear cameras. The asking price? Around... Read more...
It's coming: the day when a tablet is more than just an accessory to go along with your PC, but practically a workhorse in its own right. Windows RT and Windows 8 on tablets has already shown as much, but even Android is showing signs of maturity in the "Post-PC era" (which is a fallacy of course). Recently, Samsung pushed out Android 4.1.2 for its Galaxy Note 10.1, and one of the most important additions was support for Android multi-windowing. In other words, the Note 10.1 can now run up to 16 multi-window apps at one time, assuming all of those apps are written to support the feature. One single tablet screen, with up to 16 apps. That's the kind of tablet future we've been waiting for. The... Read more...
If the limited Surface RT wasn't up to snuff for you, hang tight -- Microsoft's Surface Pro will be on sale soon. The software giant today announced that the Surface Windows 8 Pro tablet will be available for purchase on Feb. 9, 2013, in the United States and Canada at all Microsoft retail stores, microsoftstore.com, Staples and Best Buy in the U.S., as well as from a number of locations in Canada. It'll ship with an Intel Core i5 CPU, and will be available in 64GB and 128GB models. Unlike the RT, this guy will actually run all of your "real" Windows 7 and Windows 8 programs. The issue, of course, is that this agility comes at a cost: the starting tag is a whopping $899. In addition to being... Read more...
While it's no doubt tough to make inroads in the tablet market these days, you won't catch Sony resting on its laurels. As the company strives to make something of a comeback in the mobile and computing sectors, it's going to lean heavily on the new Xperia Tablet Z to make some positive impressions. The new 10.1" slate launched today, and it's one of the most powerful and well-specced tablets to ever hit the public. Inside, there's a 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor (APQ8064), 32GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, and a 10.1" touch panel with a highly dense 1920x1200 resolution. There's also an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, an LTE module, built-in NFC support, a microSD expansion slot, and S-Force... Read more...
Of all the companies that we were certain would be producing tablets at CES 2013, RCA was most certainly not in that group. Nevertheless, that's one of the companies that is indeed introducing a tablet in Las Vegas this year, with the Mobile TV Tablet (Model DDA850R) breaking into the market. It's actually a pretty unique twist on the conventional tablet. It's an 8" unit that claims to be the first in the industry to offer twin tuners inside. It includes a standard over-the-air DTV tuner, along with a mobile TV tuner that is compatible with Dyle mobile TV, a service that enables consumers to watch live, local TV while they are on the go. The RCA Mobile TV Tablet is the first tablet device to... Read more...
Slowly but surely, it looks as if Asus is taking the wraps off of its CES 2013 product launch plans. Shortly after teasing the Zenbook Touch U500VZ, the Clover Trail-based Asus VivoTab has emerged with a proper product portal on the company's website. It's a Windows 8-based rig, complete with a 1.8GHz Intel Atom Z2760 CPU, 11.6" display, a Wacom digitizer tablet, an optional ZenBook-style mobile dock and the potential to completely wipe out the need for a dedicated laptop. It's an extension of Asus' ongoing push to produce products that act as a tablet when you need one, and a laptop elsewhere, and this one's looking more promising than ever. It'll obviously go head-to-head with devices like... Read more...
With CES 2013 just around the bend, a few of the fancier items are beginning to surface early courtesy of FCC filings that are being unearthed. Generally speaking, a product destined for a U.S. reveal will scurry through the FCC's testing lair just days or weeks prior to its official announcement. And that seems to be the chain of events that is unfolding with this particular Lenovo tablet. The image here shows an FCC image of what can only be assumed as the ThinkPad Helix. It's a unique form factor tablet that didn't ever really seem destined for U.S. shores. But now, thanks to radio tests in the associated filing, that seems to no longer be the case. It appears that the 11.6", Windows 8-based... Read more...
Cheap tablets aren't anything new. After all, the $199 Nexus 7 is easily one of the most value-packed tablets on the market, boasting a slick design and an unadulterated copy of Android. But according to a new report, Acer may be trying to up the ante by racing down to the bottom. The company is reportedly looking to launch a tablet next year priced at around $99. The company isn't confirming the leak just yet, but sources are suggesting that it would be a 7" affair with a 1024x600 display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and a name: Iconia B1. It should shape up to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook Color, but at first, it's going to be aimed at emerging markets that may be more accepting of low-res... Read more...
Microsoft's official Twitter account for Surface delivered a gut punch to potential Surface Pro shoppers by confirming that battery life on the x86 tablet will be less than that of its ARM-based Surface RT slates. Much less. "Hey Shahroom, #Surface Pro will have approximately half the battery life of Surface RT," @Surface tweeted on Thursday, in response to a question about battery life. That's not a total shocker, considering Surface Pro is a much more powerful tablet. It's essentially a full blown notebook in a tablet form factor, with all the compatibility to run Windows 7 applications. It has a 10.6-inch screen with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, Intel Core i5 processor, a full-size... Read more...
Portable devices are becoming ever more powerful, and users are increasingly using them to keep up with news and friends, get work done, and remain entertained. Smartphones and tablets have never been so powerful, and if you're in market for either, it's going to be a fun holiday season. Whether it's for yourself or someone else, consider this your go-to guide for picking out the perfect tablet or smartphone. We're all about spreading the holiday cheer around here, and if it means sifting through dozens or even hundreds of devices to find the best ones, then so be it… HotHardware Holiday Gift Guide: Tablets & Smartphones... Read more...
Portable devices are becoming ever more powerful, and users are increasingly using them to keep up with news and friends, get work done, and remain entertained. Smartphones and tablets have never been so powerful, and if you're in market for either, it's going to be a fun holiday season. Whether it's for yourself or someone else, consider this your go-to guide for picking out the perfect tablet or smartphone. We're all about spreading the holiday cheer around here, and if it means sifting through dozens or even hundreds of devices to find the best ones, then so be it. This is what we do, and we'd much rather you spend your time this holiday season with your family and friends than clicking frantically... Read more...
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Amazon today has begun shipping out its stock of Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablets. In addition, Amazon says its flagship tablet will be available at Best Buy starting tomorrow, as well as from additional retailers like Staples and Radio Shack in the coming weeks. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G model will start shipping next week. "Kindle Fire HD has been Amazon’s best-selling product worldwide since launch, and that was before we even started shipping the best tablet we’ve ever built," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "With the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to make our $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9” available early—we... Read more...
Hurricane Sandy left a path of destruction in its wake after wreaking havoc on the East Coast, but one thing it didn't do is dampen demand for Apple's iPad mini, at least not by as much as you might think. Long lines reportedly formed at Apple's 5th Avenue store in New York this morning in anticipation of the 7.85-inch tablet's launch, which was slightly delayed to 10:00 AM (Eastern), likely because of Sandy's lingering effects. Several hundred people stood in line at the 5th Avenue location, somewhere between 500 and 600 in all, according to reports, and they were all hoping to go home with an iPad mini device. Apple began taking pre-orders online on October 26, and it didn't take long to sell... Read more...
Woe is you if you just purchased a 3rd generation iPad device from Apple, because it's already out of date. At a press event earlier this week, Apple didn't just announce an iPad Mini, it unveiled a handful of other products, among them a 4th generation iPad with a faster A6X processor and that newfangled Lightning port. Other than that, it's essentially the same as before, but if you're kicking yourself for not having waited, you may be able to trade up, if you want to. "Apple Care rep confirmed to me iPads bought within the last month can be exchanged for the new one!," @TummyEmu posted to Twitter this week. Intrigued, Sharon Vaknin over at CNet headed over to the Stockton Street store in San... Read more...
Apple is expected to announce the oft-rumored iPad Mini at a press event next week, which will likely then go on sale on or around November 2nd, well in time for the holiday shopping season. That time frame has analysts wearing out their calculators as they crunch numbers trying to determine how many iPad Mini devices are likely to be sold in the coming months, and what effect it will have on Apple's full size iPad. Their conclusion? "We believe that the smaller iPad could cannibalize one million regular iPad units in December at a rate of cannibalization at 20 percent. For every five million smaller iPads, you lose one million standard iPads," Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, relayed... Read more...
We're not ones to begrudge a company that wants to get jiggy with its latest product, and if you're into the whole flash mob scene, Microsoft's Surface tablet may be just the thing for you, or at least that's the impression Surface's first ad spot gave. There is, of course, much more to Surface than that, like the fact that it has a USB port and a microSD card slot, either of which can be viewed as a trump card when going head-to-head with the iPad. These are things the masses should know about, and in a follow-up ad, Microsoft does a much better job introducing the world the Surface. Have a look for yourself: If you weren't excited about the Touch Cover or Type Cover before, it's hard not to... Read more...
There have been more iPad Mini rumors lately than you can shake an Apple tree at, but rest assured, it will all soon be over. No, Apple hasn't confirmed the existence of a shrunken iPad tablet, however the Cupertino company is reportedly holding a press event on October 23rd, where it will almost assuredly launch the device. The invitation-only event is curiously timed to fall on a Tuesday when traditionally Apple holds such things on a Wednesday. Apple's rumored event also falls just 72 hours before Windows 8 launches to the general public and, by extension, Microsoft's Surface tablet hits the street running. There's a ton of hype surrounding Windows 8, so it's not likely an iPad Mini event... Read more...
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