Items tagged with Tablet PC

Not long ago, we tested one of Samsung’s new Windows 8 tablets to take a close-up look at Intel’s Clover Trail Atom Z2760 SoC. Now that we’ve covered the chip driving the tablet, it’s time to take a look at the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T as a whole. The tablet runs about $650 by itself, which puts the price on par with a similarly-configured iPad. (Well, as similarly as it can be configured.) Throw in the optional keyboard and dock for another $100, and you’re still looking at a device that should be able to stand in for your laptop or PC in some situations, at an attainable price.  Here's what we found when we took the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T for a spin.... Read more...
Not long ago, we tested one of Samsung’s new Windows 8 tablets to take a close-up look at Intel’s Clover Trail Atom Z2760 SoC. Now that we’ve covered the chip driving the tablet, it’s time to take a look at the Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T as a whole. The tablet runs about $650 by itself, which puts the price on par with a similarly-configured iPad. (Well, as similarly as it can be configured.) Throw in the optional keyboard and dock for another $100, and you’re still looking at a device that should be able to stand in for your laptop or PC in some situations, at an attainable price.  Here's what we found when we took the ATIV for a spin. Samsung ATIV Smart PC... Read more...
There are plenty of tablet options on the market, and plenty more coming. Part of that "coming" crowd is a company called Kno, which is designing tablets primarily for use in the education sector. Their tablets have largely been seen as too big to be used by regular consumers hoping to accomplish regular consumer tablet tasks, but a large screen (or two, in the case of their dual-screen model) is perfect for showing off graphs and other textbook items. The company has been trickling information on these out for some time now, but the most vital point has yet to be disclosed. Until today. Kno will be producing a single screen tablet and a dual-screen tablet, and they will each hit the market by... Read more...
IN Media plans to enter the tablet market with a new Tablet PC that will run Android 2.1. Although we don't know a lot about the device at this point, we do know that it will offer Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth EDR 2.1 wireless capabilities. It will also come in 7-inch and 10-inch models and feature a forward facing camera as well as a HDMI interface. IN Media Announces Revolutionary Tablet PC -- Tablet PC Allows Integration of All Applications and Content in Simple Touch Screen Format IN Media announces revolutionary Tablet PC using Android 2.1 OS with both Wi-Fi 802.11b/g and Bluetooth EDR 2.1 wireless capabilities LOS ALTOS, Calif., Sept. 15 /PRNewswire/ --  IN Media Corp. (OTC Bulletin... Read more...
Another tablet PC? You bet! It'll be a tough time for these lesser-name companies to compete with Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy Tab, but if there's any way they can, it'll be on price. The eLocity A7 probably isn't on your radar, but it may be after we tell you that it's on sale now for just $369.99, which is far less than most others on the market currently. The A7 is a 7" tablet that runs Android 2.2 and is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. The company claims that this slate is tailor made for gaming, and it also has a microSD card slot, an HDMI output and support for 1080p video playback. There's also a USB port, a capacitive touch panel (800x480) and a front-facing 1.3MP camera. There... Read more...
With the announcement of a new dual-core processor that is designed to be used in tablet PCs, netbooks, and smartphones, Samsung is giving us a glimpse at what may be coming in 2011. The new processor, codenamed Orion, contains a pair of 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 cores. This processor will be able to handle 1080p video playback and recording at 30 frames per second. In addition, devices that use the processor such as a smartphone will be able to support two displays while also driving a third external display such as a TV or monitor via an HDMI port. Samsung is also touting Orion's graphics capabilities: According to the company, Orion is capable of delivering five times the 3D graphics performance... Read more...
Here's a real shocker: 3D is taking over another product category. With cinemas, televisions and even PC gaming already caught up in the 3D hype, Rockchip is now demonstrating a prototype tablet that does 3D as well. The interesting twist is that, much like the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS, the Supernova X1 3D doesn't require any 3D glasses. It's the first actual tablet with 3D support, but the good news is that the 3D effect can be turned off on command. It will probably have to be looked at from a direct angle in order to see the 3D effect, but we're assuming that may be tweaked for multiple views once it leaves the prototype stage. A formal debut is expected at IFA, and hopefully a price and release... Read more...
Ever since the launch of the iPad, companies from all areas  of the market have been scrambling to create something competitive in order to catch the latest wave of ultra-portable computing. Tablet PCs have been around for years, but the newer breed of slim, useful tablets with multimedia capabilities are demanding attention. Up until now, all we have heard from almost all contenders is their intentions; Microsoft has said they are dead-set on bringing Windows 7 to a number of devices, but that's easy for them to say. They don't have to work out the hardware details. The biggest question on the minds of consumers is "when." When will this rush of non-iPad tablets hit the market?  Many... Read more...
For those who keep denying that 2010 is the year of the tablet, here's yet another trusted report saying otherwise. It's hard to tell if this fad will last at all, but right now, nearly everyone is focused on removing Apple from atop their pedestal. The iPad has been a huge hit worldwide, and now even Motorola is poised to join the bandwagon. The same company who just recently turned their mobile aspirations around with the DROID is reportedly in talks with Verizon to jointly announce a 10" tablet that would rival the iPad and other Microsoft-based tablets. The 10" tablet, which doesn't yet have a public name, would be based around Google's Android operating system. The real kicker, however,... Read more...
Does the world have room for another tablet PC? Considering that there are only a few of these new slates in the market, led of course by Apple's iPad, we suspect the answer is "yes" for now. But by this time next year, we may all be singing a different tune. Microsoft has already revealed that they are "hardcore" about tablets, and plan to have a variety of options for consumers just as soon as possible. But Windows 7 still doesn't seem primed for tablet PC use, though many smaller companies are already using one particular lightweight OS in order to get their slates to market faster: Android. According to a new Reuters report, Samsung Electronics is planning to launch a tablet PC in Q3 of this... Read more...
It should really come as no huge surprise, but Microsoft isn't just waiting around for Apple to rule the tablet PC market all by their lonesome. The company has been somewhat slow in responding to the iPad, which has sold over 3 million units to date and has clearly struck a nerve with consumers. In recent days, company CEO Steve Ballmer has made clear that Microsoft is on the front lines of attack, working hard behind the scenes in order to produce tablets that will not only rival the iPad, but be true competitors in terms of functionality. He recently stated that Windows-based tablets will be shipping "as soon as they're ready," also saying that the tablet PC push is "job one urgency" with... Read more...
Here's something that shouldn't really come as a surprise: tablet PC shipments are on the rise, and if reports are accurate, they'll continue to rise. The Consumer Electronics Association is watching the rise of tablet PCs closely. This year, they're likely to be one of the most purchased devices out, particularly by consumers who already own other devices. The tablet PC isn't new to the industry, but the iPad has created a new whirlwind of interest that should lead to high sales throughout the year. We already know that the industry as a whole is on pace to break a lot of records when it comes to overall sales, but the CEA is projecting that shipments of tablet PCs alone in the U.S. will reach... Read more...
Apple claims that their iPad is highly portable. That it can be taken anywhere and used anywhere. But it's not nearly as portable as the iPod touch or iPhone, two devices that easily fit into a pocket. But there's now a way that your iPad really can be just as portable as the iPod touch, if only you're okay with buying a new shirt. That's right, a new t-shirt. Syte Shirt is a new start-up company that's offering one of the strangest products to surface this year in the consumer electronics realm. The self-titled tee is an iPad holder at heart, but doubles as a standard t-shirt that's needed for admittance into most establishments. The company makes a huge deal about what all it can do, but it's... Read more...
And with that, the mystery is solved. Well, at least we think the mystery is solved. This story goes a long way back, all the way to CES 2010. At that show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came out onto a stage with an HP-branded tablet PC, which was simply called the "HP Slate" at the time. But then, no one saw or heard from it again. As the months passed, the iPad soared in popularity and just about every other computer maker announced a slate or two, HP remained quiet. And then HP purchased Palm. People immediately began to suspect that the HP Slate was being delayed in order to get WebOS (Palm's mobile operating system) onto the device, which would make it the first WebOS Slate in existence.... Read more...
Well, what do you know? Another tablet PC! We're halfway joking, but there's no question that 2010 is quickly becoming the year of the tablet. Apple just this week released their first quarterly earnings with the iPad included in sales, and they managed to sell more iPad devices than Mac computers in the past quarter. That's a pretty clear indication that the tablet revolution is back on, and just about every other company in the market place is scrambling to catch up. Lenovo has long since held an edge in the business notebook realm, with their rugged, classy machines seeming to end up in corporate buildings more often than not. But the company has generally shied away from anything too outrageous.... Read more...
Finally, a legitimate response that the world can circle and hone in on with regard to Microsoft's response to the iPad. Up until now, Microsoft has been rather quiet on the whole "How will you rival the iPad?" front. There have been a number of Windows-based tablet PCs announced, but so far, none have materialized. Basically, it has been a huge wait-and-see game, with Apple utilizing each and every day to pick up even more market share and further corner the tablet market. Now, Microsoft's CEO has come forward with a real challenge. According to Steve Ballmer, who spoke today at the company's Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., Windows 7 slates will be on store shelves before the... Read more...
Another tablet PC? Really? Can the world even stand to see another one? We sure hope so, because yet another company is trying their luck in the already-saturated market. But this company is a bit different than the rest. How so? Well, for starters, 1&1 isn't a hardware company. They aren't even a software company. They're a German Internet provider, which makes it all the stranger. But we have to confess that the renders so far are extremely enticing, and if it's executed properly, the device (called the SmartPad) may have a decent chance at catching on. Not because we expect 1&1 to spend more marketing dollars than Apple or LG or any other major company will, but because it sounds as... Read more...
Apple's iPad may have arguably rebooted the tablet revolution, but Motion Computing has been producing tablets before the iPad was even a concept in the back of Steve Jobs' mind. The company's new J3500 Rugged Tablet PC isn't your average toy; instead, it uses a tough exterior, durable Gorilla glass and a more solid construction in order to give you tablet-like abilities no matter where life takes you. Even if that's out into the wild. It's the newest member of the J-Series tablet family, and it features an Intel Core vPro processor, dual touch screen technology (the ability to use your hands or a digitizer), Windows 7, and an expanded storage system that can hold a 160GB hard drive and (not... Read more...
Say what you will about the iPad, but lots of people are buying the thing. They may have no idea what they're going to do with it once they get home, and they're probably still curious as to why the iPhone 3G has access to iOS 4 before the iPad, but hey, those are just minor things, right? We're kidding (in a way), but the sales figures just don't lie: Apple has sold three million iPad units in just 80 days. It hasn't even taken 3 months for the company to move 3 million units, and even with the iPhone 4 getting a serious amount of attention right now, consumers have yet to totally forget about Apple's first tablet. But that's not all of the news. Aside from Apple feeling pretty good about themselves... Read more...
Reports have recently been published looking at the effect of the iPad on the shipment of netbooks, and while the early data seemed to be less than conclusive, more modern data seems to have a different look on things. Apple managed to sell two million iPad devices in just two months, and while many million netbooks have been sold worldwide, they have the benefit of being available in nearly every country. But will tablets as a whole hurt the sales of netbooks as a whole? Maybe. According to a new Forrester report on the subject, the tablet industry as a whole, which will gain a lot of new players between now and this time next year, could soar to sell 20.4 million units in 2015. That's compared... Read more...
It's one thing when Apple tips their hat to Microsoft by announcing that Bing is now a selectable search engine within the next iOS release, but when someone in the Linux world gives a hat tip to Apple, well, we all had to check and make sure the world below wasn't frozen over. Canonical's CEO Chris Kenyon recently had a discussion surrounding tablets and slate PCs, and this is one of the lines: "The devices world is a really exciting space right now and we're really bullish on it; hats off to the iPad team for doing what they did." There's no doubt that many people are crediting Apple to bringing mainstream attention to a form factor that failed years ago in most sectors, and now everyone seems... Read more...
At Computex this past week, no fewer than 12 new tablet PCs were introduced, or at least showcased behind glass for the first time. That's a lot of iPad competition, and while most of them won't be shipping for at least a few months, there's no doubt that Apple has a huge target on their back. Most of these tablets ran either Android or Windows 7, but only time will tell how well either of those systems can do on a tablet form factor. But aside from the software story, there's a rather large hardware story as well. Many of these tablets were shown at Intel's booth, and while a few had chips from ARM and Qualcomm, it's clear that Intel doesn't plan on being left out. After all, that's why they... Read more...
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