Tablet shipments are set to surpass their PC counterparts in the last quarter of this year according to IDC. PC shipments will still be greater than the tablet ones for the year, though the future belongs to the slate army according to International Data Corporation.
According to IDC, tablet shipments will surpass total PC shipments on annual basis by the end of 2015 (PC shipments include desktop and portables combined). Read more »
Intel has been trying to get into the mobile business and has had moderate success so far, but with the new Bay Trail chipset the chip giant may have finally done it. Bay Trail chips will use the new Silvermont CPU cores and Intel’s own GPUs like the ones used in Haswell processors.
Bay Trail will be under the Atom brand for tablets (Z3600 for dual-core CPUs, Z3700 for quad-core) and Celeron and Pentium for laptops (N2000 and N3000 respectively) and desktops (J1000 and J2000). Read more »
Yesterday at the ASUS IDF press conference CEO Jerry Shen announced the company’s first tablet to run on Intel’s Bay Trail platform. It is called the ASUS Transformer Book T100 and is an entry-level 10.1″ tablet running the Windows 8.1 operating system.
The 10.1″ display is of the IPS variety and has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is rather mediocre for a display of such size . Read more »
Following the successful treatment it gave the original, DODOcase launched its line of locally handcrafted covers for the 2013 ASUS Nexus 7. The San-Francisco based designer and maker of bookbound cases has an entire collection on offer for the second generation of the most popular slate in the Android realm.
I managed to spend some quality time with the DODOcase Color Block for the new Nexus 7. Inspired by the artist journals from the past, the cover offers a fresh take with a classic twist on the tablet case concept. Read more »
Intel has officially announced its newest SoC, which is the world’s first chipset built on 14nm architecture. At the on-going Intel Developer Forum 2013 event in San Franciso, Intel’s CEO Brain Krzanich showed a functioning laptop that was running on the 14nm Intel SoC.
Brian did not reveal any details about the device, but we got to know that the latest chipsets will start shipping by the end of this year. Read more »
A new keyboard interface designed for tablets aims to let you type easier and quicker by automatically repositioning the keyboard under your fingers, wherever they may be on the screen.
This is helpful because you no longer have to locate the row of buttons where you usually rest your fingers on traditional hardware keyboards, allowing you to type more intuitively. Read more »
A prototype of the upcoming iPad has suggested that the fifth generation tablet would sport an iPad mini-like design. Shortly after, more leaked images of the alleged back casing of the iPad 5 had also confirmed that the iPad 5 would resemble the existing iPad mini.
Now, we have couple of images, showing the next generation iPad sitting next to its predecessor. Those align nicely with previous rumors, giving even more credibility to those slimmer bezels. Read more »
Opera has released a brand new browser made specifically for the iPad called Coast. Coast reimagines the traditional browser interface and utilizes gestures to make the interaction easier and more attractive.
When you launch Coast you will see some sites pinned to the browser’s homescreen, along with the URL/search bar, which opens one of the most innovative interfaces I’ve seen. Read more »
Microsoft sent out invitations for the launch event of the next generation Surface tablet. The slate will go official on September 23 in New York City.
Recent rumors have pointed that the new Microsoft Surface could launch in three different flavors. Read more »
Google quietly began offering the LTE capable 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 in the US Play Store. The 4G ready tablet is priced at $349 for a 32GB slate with a T-Mobile SIM and 2GB of data for one month.
Of course, the LTE capable Nexus 7 will not support only on T-Mobile’s network. Read more »
LG marks a strong comeback to the tablet market with the G Pad 8.3 and showcased it in full at the IFA 2013 show, albeit being mum regarding availability and pricing.
Thankfully, today the Korean company shared its plans to distribute the G Pad 8.3 and the good news it’s going to be available in 30 countries by the end of the year. Read more »
Microsoft’s first Surface tablet proved to be a rather expensive failure, but the Redmond company is undeterred and is rumored to be working on three new Surface tablets – Surface 2 (supposedly an RT successor), Surface Pro 2 and Surface Mini.
Little is known about the new Windows RT-running Surface 2, but the Surface Pro 2 will reportedly look pretty much the same as the current generation, just with a “refined” kickstand. Read more »
Along with the Vibe X smartphone, Lenovo also announced the 7″ S5000 tablet. The tablet shares the Vibe’s sleek design and while it’s not as thin as the smartphone (the S5000 is still pretty thin at 7.9mm), it’s very light for a 7″ tablet, tipping the scales at just 246g.
The tablet features 3G HSPA+ connectivity with voice call support (in select countries, the US isn’t getting it). There will also be a Wi-Fi only version. Read more »
XOLO has announced the company’s first Android tablet, the XOLO Tab. The XOLO Tab comes with an 8.0-inch, 1024×768 resolution IPS display.
On the inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225Q SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A5 CPU and Adreno 203 GPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 3G connectivity, 4,000mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. On the back is a 2 megapixel camera and on the front is a VGA resolution shooter. Read more »
Samsung announced yesterday the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition – its latest attempt to occupy your living room by providing a one-stop entertainment and media consumption tablet device. We’ve decided to pit it against Apple’s and Sony’s best in a virtual Mexican stand off so we can gauge what amount of novelty does the newcomer bring to the (living room) table.
Samsung has long learned the cold hard truth that a 10.1″ tablet must be able to do pretty much everything you throw at it, and thus the Note series of slates was born. Sony agrees with this as well, but doesn’t bet as much on the software chips as it does on the hardware ones. Its Xperia Tablet Z offering is both ultra thin and waterproof, the second one being a true rarity in the tablet space.
Apple, as a pioneer in the mass consumer tablet space, is pretty comfortable with its 4th generation iPad. The company is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad in October, so for now we’ll take what it offers and throw it in the mix. Read more »