With its line of consumer PCs slated for rollout at the Consumer Electronics Show later this week, Lenovo has chosen to unveil its latest line-up of business computers on Monday. Ranging from the new ThinkPad Edge series for small and mid-sized businesses to new ThinkPad ultraportable and mobile workstation models for enterprises, the new line emphasizes multitouch and wireless broadband capabilities.
With its sleek new 13-, 14-, and 15-inch Edge models, Lenovo is taking another step beyond its traditional enterprise market. The new Edges' expanded multitouch touchpad, re-tooled keyboard, and colorful cases are features that might appeal to lots of consumers, too. But with the numbers of SMBs continuing to rise, Lenovo sees these businesses as a hefty enough market to warrant specially designed laptops.
Lenovo has redesigned Lenovo's infamous function keys for the Edge. Users will only need to use one finger to access multimedia and other functions, said Charles Sune, Lenovo's segment manager for ThinkPads, during a pre-briefing. Gone are the ThinkPad's traditional embedded number pad, along with arcane function keys such as System Request customarily used mostly by IT pros at large companies but unneeded either by consumers or most SMBs.
Basing it on their previous announcements, Apple is expected to give a word about the impending product on January 26, 2010. By that time, we’re gonna know how it will look like, what processor will power it, when will it be available to the public and how much. But that’s if, they really have a tablet PC Mac project.
Some websites have claimed that they got a copy of “leaked documents” with the iSlate’s specification. Based on the “leaked documents”, it will have the following specifications:
Precision aluminum unibody
7.1-inch capacitive multi-touch touchscreen with some sort of “intelligent feedback” and an anti-fingerprint coating
Freescale Semiconductor on Monday introduced a reference design for an Internet-enabled tablet computer that would be a third of the size of an average netbook and would have up to four times the viewing area of a typical smartphone
The device will be demonstrated Jan. 7-10 at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev. The so-called "smartbook" resembles an electronic-book reader, such as Amazon's Kindle, and includes a seven-inch touchscreen and an optional keyboard accessory.
It seems that Apple with its power packing PR hype machine can accomplish what others can't seem to pull off the first time around. The iPod took the music player to new levels, the iPhone brought the smartphone to the common-everyday person and their rumoured tablet is already making a lot of buzz despite it all being speculation.
With the new year, the rumours of an impending Apple tablet are gaining support from mainstream news sources, like the WSJ, and not just industry specific sources and blogs. With these rumours are releases and announcements like the Lenovo IdeaPad U1, the offerings from Archos.
We are only a few days into 2010 and have just three more days until CES begins. There are huge expectations at this year’s Computer Electronics Show, with vendors such as HTC and Google making a showing, as well as constant rumors of the Apple Tablet PC.
We know that new digital cameras will be out in big numbers this year, such as the upcoming Nikon CoolPix S1000pj. We also expect a number of new netbooks to be on show, but all eyes will be on tablet devices this year
Lenovo on Tuesday introduced the industry’s first capacitive multitouch netbook tablet PC, the IdeaPad S10-3t.
The new IdeaPad S10-3t — which is accompanied by the new, non-swiveling, non-touch S10-3 netbook, pictured below — slaps a capacitive 10.1-inch LED backlit touchscreen on a 180-degree swiveling tablet netbook PC. (It can also fold over to transform into a touch tablet.)
Inside, you’ll find an Intel Atom N470 processor and 320GB of storage, as well as Dolby Headphone audio and DirectShare, which allows users to synchronize files with another laptop without Internet connectivity.
The system also has a Quick Start 2.0 “instant on” function — a good idea for a tablet PC.
Thinking about a tablet computer instead of a laptop? Lenovo is offering to sell you both at the same time.
The China-based computer maker is using the Consumer Electronics Show this week to announce an unusual hybrid product called the IdeaPad U1 that covers the two categories. It can function as a conventional clamshell-style laptop, which runs Microsoft Windows, uses a microprocessor from Intel and weighs in at about 3.8 pounds.
Alternatively, a user can detach the 11.6-inch, 1.6-pound screen and use it like a tablet, Lenovo says. The display includes all the features of a computer, including a Linux-based operating system and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip, which is not based on the x86 technology used in most PCs but a design licensed from ARM Holding
Computer makers set to unveil tablet computers ahead of rumoured launch of Apple 'iSlate'.
Ultra-portable computers designed for surfing the internet and watching movies on the move could be one of the biggest success stories at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, say analysts.
The devices, known as tablet computers, have screens of between 7in and 10in in size, and unlike traditional laptops, they use an on-screen "virtual" keyboard, like that used by Apple's iPhone, rather than a physical keyboard.
Apple is expected to launch its own tablet computer, rumoured to be called the iSlate, later this month, and rival computer makers are thought to be keen to unveil their designs ahead of any Apple press conference.
Dozens of other manufacturers will also use the Consumer Electronics Show to showcase their tablet devices. Notion Ink, an Indian manufacturer, will unveil its tablet computer, which runs Google's Android operating system and features an energy-saving 10in scratch-proof touch-screen, and will allow users to watch high-definition video on the move, and to surf the internet and send emails. Dell might also launch an Android-based tablet device, while gadget fans will be hoping that Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, uses his keynote speech on Wednesday evening to share more details about the Courier, a dual-screen tablet computer and ebook reader that Microsoft is rumoured to be working on.
Hewlett Packard, the world’s largest PC maker has announced a new tablet PC powered by Intel's CULV platform, called HP TM-1070US.
The device was first reported in September, but now the specification and prices are detailed by the company.
The new TM-1070US Tablet PC features a 12.1-inch multitouch screen, Intel’s 1.3GHz Core 2 Duo SU7300 processor, coupled with 4GB of DDR3 memory and a large 320GB hard drive.
The device also features the integrated graphics of Intel's 4500MHD GPU, wireless 802.11 b/g/n support and fingerprint scanner. It has an aluminum chassis that will boast some "factory custom" laser etching.
The new tablet supports Microsoft's Windows 7 Premium 64-bit operating system, 5-in-1 media card reader and a 6-cell battery pack.
HP TouchSmart tm2
The HP TouchSmart tm2 is a powerful, convertible, touch-enabled notebook PC encased in a sophisticated aluminum design with engraved illustration. The HP TouchSmart tm2 is expected to be available in the United States on Jan. 17 in all colors with a starting price of $949.
Building on HP TouchSmart software innovation, the thin, powerful HP TouchSmart tm2 updates the tx2 – the industry’s first convertible notebook PC with multitouch technology designed specifically for consumers.
With the convertible tm2, customers can choose the product configuration and input method that is most comfortable and natural, whether on a couch, in an airplane or while surfing the web.(3) As a traditional notebook, the tm2 offers a keyboard and touch-enabled display for input. Converted to a slate, the tm2 morphs into a sketchpad with digital pen, allowing artists to sketch on the go and students to take notes in class.
Feather-light capacitive multitouch display technology responds to the softest touch of a finger. The display also supports multitouch gestures such as zoom, scroll and rotate by allowing more than one finger to be accepted as input simultaneously. With the digital pen, handwriting appears on the display as digital ink, similar to writing on paper.
Featuring a sophisticated aluminum design with “Riptide” engraved illustration, the tm2 provides a full notebook experience with the latest low-voltage Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processors and optional high multimedia performance ATI Mobility Radeon™ discrete graphics upgrades.(4) The tm2 also provides up to nine hours of battery life via the standard six-cell battery and includes a fingerprint reader as well as an advanced thermal design that helps keep the PC cool.(1)
New touch applications enhancing the tm2 experience include:
BumpTop, a touch-enhanced 3-D interface for photos and documents that allows users to spatially organize and “toss” or share files and photos to social media sites or email.
DigiFish Dolphin, an interactive 3-D screensaver that recreates an ocean environment to be experienced via touch or a mouse.
Corel® Paint it! Touch™, which allows users to draw and paint or turn photos into paintings using fingertips.
The tm2 also features many of the same exclusive built-for-touch applications found on the recently introduced tx2 and HP TouchSmart PC, including exclusive touch-enabled games and Corel Painter Sketch Pad application for creating digital art.
Looking to trump Apple, Microsoft will unveil a slate-style computer Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics Show, according to a published report.
The software maker has partnered with Hewlett-Packard on the device, and CEO Steve Ballmer will personally show off the new product during a keynote at the Las Vegas tech fest, according to The New York Times.
The device will feature a touch-screen interface and e-reader capabilities, the report said.
Few other technical details were available, but presumably the unit will be powered by Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system, which features built-in support for touch screen computing.
It wouldn't be Microsoft's first foray into the slate market. The company launched a Tablet PC version of Windows XP in 2002
After years of hype dating back to the days of Comdex and Bill Gates' annual keynote address, the tablet PC has seemingly waited in the weeds for a chance to become a mainstream hit. And this year's Consumer Electronics Show may finally be that opportunity.
A slew of tablets, mini-tablets, e-readers and dual netbook/e-reader devices are scheduled to make their introduction in Las Vegas this week. WhileGoogle isn't participating in CES this year, the company is kicking off the week's festivities with today's press conference for the Google Nexus One smartphone.
But we've seen smartphones, and plenty of them, already. The real "wow" factor seems to centered on the tablet model. While Apple is hosting an event at the end of this month to presumably debut its "iSlate" tablet, other vendors are swooping into Las Vegas hoping to beat Apple to the punch and ride the wave of tablet buzz.
Both Microsoft and Dell are rumored to have secret tablet devices up their respective sleeves.
Thin and Light Laptop Among First to Feature New Wireless Technology, Offering One-Click Connection to Wirelessly Enjoy Digital Content on Big Screen HDTVs
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today introduced the Satellite® E205 laptop, a next-generation thin and light laptop that features distinctive styling, performance-class technologies and new features that deliver more wireless freedom than ever. The laptop represents the second collaboration between Toshiba and Best Buy® as part of the retailer’s Blue Label™ initiative.
“Now they can wirelessly send personal content like digital images or Hulu and Netflix shows from their laptops directly to their TVs – in up to 720p resolution.”
The Satellite E205 is one of the first laptops to feature Intel® Wireless Display technology, which makes it possible for consumers to wirelessly connect the laptop to a big screen HDTV and enjoy digital content with great image clarity and amazing sound – at the touch of a button. The technology was unveiled today at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show as part of Intel Corp.’s keynote address.
Offered exclusively at Best Buy stores nationwide, the Satellite E205 laptop was built from the ground up as the latest iteration in the Best Buy Blue Label program, which develops products based directly on feedback from Best Buy customers. The laptop features an all-new stylish lightweight chassis that weighs just 5.1 pounds, measures only 1.2-inches thick and houses performance-class technologies, including the new Intel Core™ i5-430M processor1 with Turbo Boost Technology, while delivering extended computing time and more premium features than the average laptop – all for $999.99 MSRP2.
Motorola Inc demonstrated a prototype media tablet that could be ready commercially by the fourth quarter, though the timing partly depends on an advanced mobile network being built by Verizon Wireless.
A slew of tech companies are showing off new slate or tablet PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, seeking to steal the limelight from a widely expected tablet from Apple Inc in late January.
Motorola's prototype has a 7-inch screen, runs on Google Inc's Android operating system, and has room for 32 gigabytes of external memory.
"I can anticipate it being a $300 device but we have to go through the pricing process," said Don Schoch, Motorola's director of program management.
The company showed how a user could show movie trailers on the tablet, and said it could also download and store video to watch later.
Tablet or notebook? How about both—Lenovo’s new Ideapad U1 starts out as a lightweight, Windows 7 laptop running on a Core 2 Duo CULV processor and a 128GB solid-state drive, but if you remove the 11.6-inch display you’ve got yourself a stand-alone Linux tablet PC, powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon ARM processor with 16GB of flash memory.
This poor guy was overshadowed by all of the “newer” tablets, like HP nameless one, because it technically came out in mid-2009. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced this tablet as well during his CES keynote. The Archos tablet sports a 1.1GHz Intel Atom Z510 processor, a 60GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, and offers networking via 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and 100-mbps Ethernet
Dell on Thursday debuted a prototype of a tablet PC that the computer maker plans to launch this year, along with its first smartphone.
The tablet was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., along with a refresh of Dell's Studio and Inspiron line of laptops. The company also unveiled an 11-inch gaming laptop called the Alienware M11x.
In showing off the tablet, Dell joined other major computer makers, including Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and others, in announcing tablet PCs. The product announcements from Windows PC vendors come as major media report that Apple is getting ready to launch a tablet toward the end of the month. As a matter of company policy, Apple does not comment on future products.
Dell's tablet concept shown at CES has a five-inch display and is being marketed as a companion device to a PC. The product delivers a "full Web experience around accessing, maintaining and syncing and share digital content," Dell said.
Last Wednesday at his CES keynote, Steve Ballmer showed off three examples of what he called “Slate PCs,” from Pegatron, Archos, and HP. He said they were “perfect–perfect–for reading, for surfing the Web, and for taking entertainment on the go.”
It’s tempting to conclude that if the CEO of Microsoft struggles (even slightly) to make a Slate PC do what he wants, everyone will. It’s also not quite fair, given that Ballmer, for the sake of his demo, was holding the HP in an unnatural position–clutching it to his tummy with one hand, tapping it with the other, and looking at it upside-down.
The debut of the Slate PCs did raise some interesting questions, though. We know the Slate PC isn’t the radical rethinking of the user interface shown in Microsoft’s Courier concept video. But is it like the Tablet PC that Bill Gates unveiled almost a decade ago at Comdex–a new hardware platform that Microsoft is enthusiastic about and will support with significant changes to Windows’ interface? Or will Slates use a stock copy of Windows 7, which already includes some touch-friendly tweaks? (For instance, you can reveal a Jump List by swiping upwards on items in the Taskbar.)
What exactly is a tablet? At the just concluded Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, United States of America, some say a computer just needs a touch-sensitive screen to be a tablet. Others say a person should be able to write on it with a pen. Still others say it's screen size that's important -- tablets must fit somewhere between phones and laptops. For Philip McKinney, vice president and chief technology officer at Hewlett-Packard, it's partly the keyboard -- a tablet should have one of those.
Fusing the worlds of fashion and technology, HP today announced with Intel a product integration with Lifetime Television’s hit show “Project Runway” that makes HP’s touch-enabled PCs and notebooks an integral part of the creative process throughout the show’s new season.
Contestants will, for the first time in the history of the series, have the option to use computers to sketch designs and inspire their work. “Project Runway” season seven will premiere Jan. 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.
“Technology is what’s next in fashion design. Forward-thinking designers are exploring new ways to use technology in the design process,” said Barbara Schneeweiss, vice president of Production and Development for TV and Feature Film at The Weinstein Company.
Technology on the show
The “Project Runway” designers will have the opportunity to unleash their creativity using HP TouchSmart PCs and HP TouchSmart tm2 notebooks, both powered with Intel processors. The screen of the tm2 can be rotated around and converted to slate mode, morphing it into a sketchpad with digital pen. This allows the designers to draw, sketch and take notes with near limitless options for colors, brushes and effects.
The winning designer of season seven will receive a $50,000 prize package from HP and Intel to create, design and run his or her own business.
Supporting full Windows® 7 and Intel® Atom™ processor, the small, light-weight xTablet T7000 with bar code scanner and credit card reader puts the power of the Retail enterprise into the hands of the mobile retail associate. The xTablet T7000 enables retailers to help consumers find what they want, when they want it and not have to wait in line to buy it. This leads to an exceptional shopping experience which can translate to improved consumer satisfaction and loyalty as well as increased sales
MobileDemand, a leading rugged Tablet PC provider, today announced the availability of the "Retail Ready" xTablet T7000, a rugged mini Tablet PC that combines the functionality of a notebook, full Windows OS of a Tablet PC and the portability and data collection capabilities of a handheld in a light-weight slate form factor with a built-in numeric keypad, optional QWERTY keyboard attachment, color camera and 7" high resolution (1024 x 600 & 768) all-light-readable touch screen display.
The ultra light, ultra mobile xTablet T7000 is ideal for line busting, mobile POS, inventory management, ordering, shelf sets, field sales and delivery. It is designed to withstand the rigors of the most demanding in-store, warehouse and over-the-road retail applications. The xTablet T7000 has an IP 54 sealant rating for dust and water and MIL-STD 810F drop, vibration and humidity rating and operates in temperatures from -20C to 50C. Plus the xTablet T7000 has a sleek design and is small (8.8" W x 5.8" H x 1.55"D) and light-weight (2.5 lbs) making it easy to carry all day without fatigue.
Functions like a laptop. Collects data like a handheld.
With news of Apple’s tablet PC, the rumored iSlate, overshadowing CES 2010, what will it have to do to live up to the hype?
Despite all the buzz over 3D TVs, eReaders and even Google’s Nexus One smartphone at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, one item that didn’t even appear at the event itself managed to color the conversation surrounding all those that did: Apple’s rumored tablet, the iSlate. The company hasn’t said a peep about any such product, but fans have already steadfastly gathered hints on the new devicefrom pieced-together clues, mocked up photos of what it might look like, and pledged their intentions to buy one. In fact, we might be witnessing the very pinnacle of brand loyalty before our eyes.
Sony has unveiled a new device that could revolutionise remote media.
The Dash has been described by the company as a "personal application and internet viewer" and is built around a seven-inch screen and sleek design.
Unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vega last week, the product can connect to wireless networks via its WiFi b and g capability and will offer downloads of more than 1,000 free internet applications developed by Chumby.
According to Hexus, the mini tablet PC is likely to use an ARM-based processor that clocks in at 500MHz and features a WVGA touchscreen with 800x480 pixel resolution that recognizes finger gestures.
Content from Pandora radio, Navteg route planning and Sony's Bravia video platform will also be made available through the device.
It is thought the mini tablet will launch in the US in April at a price of $200 (£123).
The Acer Aspire 1820PT notebook has the amazing laptop-tablet convertible design with an ample touchscreen. Convertible notebooks have a base body with an attached keyboard and the base attaches to the display at a single joint called a swivel hinge or rotating hinge. This hinge allows the screen to rotate 180o and also fold down on top of the keyboard providing a flat writing surface. This convertible design of the subnotebook allows you to use it as a photo frame or as a perfect presentation tool. In addition, you can also fold it up like a notepad to take notes, read e-books or navigate through maps. To add more there is a built-in accelerometer that automatically rotates images in the suitable format while viewing images and provides a superior viewing experience. The display screen of the Acer Aspire 1820PT subnotebook also comes with the multitouch feature that allows you to interact with the device by placing two or more fingers directly onto the surface of the screen.
Microsoft's demonstration Wednesday of "Slate PCs" made by HP, Pegatron, and Archos is by no means its first attempt to help develop such a form factor. The Slate PC seems to be identical to a Tablet with only the name changed. In fact, the Tablet PC has long been a pet project for Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who showed the first Tablet PC prototype in 2000 at the now-defunct Comdex trade show in Las Vegas.
That night, Gates described the device, which featured input via stylus only, as an evolutionary step in PC functionality and usability. For the next 10 years leading up to CEO Steve Ballmer's introduction of the new "slates", which support Windows 7 touch screen features, the company has tried to make the Tablet catch-on but with little success. Here is a brief look at the evolution of Microsoft's Tablet offerings.
January 15, 2010
HP TouchSmart tm2 on Lifetime series Project Runway
The stand out solution that met all the requirements and more came in the form of the rugged Motion F5 Tablet PC. Durable and equipped with a variety of integrated features, the F5 proved to be the right tool for the job.
Aliph, creator of the market-leading Jawbone Bluetooth headset, today introduced Jawbone ICON, its most sophisticated product to date and the world’s first intelligent Bluetooth headset. Jawbone ICON brings new meaning to the term ‘wearable technology’ by enabling users to select iconic voices that speak into the user’s ear; providing information such as remaining battery power, caller ID and more - using the all-new MyTALK platform currently in private beta at mytalk.jawbone.com.
Jawbone ICON is available in six unique designs with elegant, jewelry-like finishes that match the personas that they embody. Jawbone ICON features several audio advancements as well as upgrades to its wind-cancellation and battlefield-tested NoiseAssassin technology. Jawbone ICON retails for just $99.99
Seems like Lenovo has set a standard for the form of the computers of the near future with their Ideapad hybrid tablet. Toshiba has a similar and sensible concept for a medical computer: The Toshiba Rx replaces the traditional clipboard and medical sheet used in hospitals in favor of a touchscreen tablet: “Using state of the art medical software, nurses and doctors can document, diagnose, communicate and educate while bedside or on the go.”
It’s an elegant improvement over traditional notetaking – a digital clipboard means less paper, less waste, and easier filing and archiving. For instances that call for heavy typing, the tablet can dock into a charger/keyboard module. As Coroflot’s Geoffrey Cooper said, in the future it would be cheaper to have these docks scattered throughout a hospital as opposed to buying an equivalent number of conventional computers.
Since the Rx is meant to be used in hospitals, the tablet and the dock are encased in washable rubber. The dock has a touchpad, but a mouse can also be connected if needed.
New Tecra Adds More Functionality and Style for Mobile Business User While Qosmio Offers a Workstation for Today’s Complex Engineering, Design and Content Creation
Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the general availability of its new business laptop lineup, the Tecra® A11 and Qosmio® X500 workstation, designed for today’s innovative, business user in need of added functionality, performance and reliability. Toshiba also continues to evolve its popular Satellite Pro® Series with the Satellite Pro L450 and Satellite Pro L500 business laptops.
Performance and Style: Tecra A11Continuing to build on the high quality Tecra Series, Toshiba changed the blueprint to create a more contemporary look and feel. Thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Tecra A11 adds a new smart design with an integrated 10-key numeric keypad highlighted by a unique texture finish in Charcoal Black that offers a better grip and helps reduce fingerprints.
The Elite Workstation: Qosmio X500 (The Qosmio series is a TabletPc2.com Editors Favorite)
The Qosmio X500 laptop delivers top performance in a workstation for engineers, designers and content creators with demanding computing needs. The Qosmio X500 features a new 2010 Intel® Core™ i7-720QM quad-core processor1 with Turbo Boost Technology, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTS 360M graphics with 1GB GDDR5 graphics memory2 and up to 8GB of RAM[v]. Whether drafting engineering drawings, designing or creating graphical content, its HD 18.4-inch diagonal widescreen display delivers sharp and detailed visuals
Apple's invitation to "Come see our latest creation" is all I need to start pondering a life with my Apple Tablet.
The time for speculation is over. Apple sent its legion of owls out across the country (if not the world) to
deliver the news
: they're ready to reveal whatever it is they've been working on for the last few years, and now we're all being summoned back to Hogwa—er, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco to see the magical device. It's almost inconceivable that this "Special Event" will not include the fabled "iSlate," "iTablet," "Apple Tablet," or "The Tablet to End All Tablets." With that in mind, I've already started planning how I'll use the device. Here are 10 essential ideas
HarperCollins Publishers is negotiating with Apple Inc. to make electronic books available for the introduction of a new tablet device from Apple, according to people familiar with the situation, posing a challenge to Amazon.com Inc.
HarperCollins is expected to set the prices of the e-books, which would have added features, with Apple taking a percentage of sales. Details haven't been ironed out.
It couldn't be learned whether Apple will sell the HarperCollins titles via a new e-book store or through its existing iTunes Store, which sells music, television shows and movies. Other publishers also have met with Apple, people familiar with the matter said. Apple declined to comment.
Apple on Monday invited reporters to a San Francisco event on Jan. 27 at which it is expected to unveil its tablet
Considering a tablet PC, like Apple’s upcoming iSlate? Tablet veteran Rob Enderle offers some insightful advice on how to choose a slate or tablet PC.
In about a week, Apple will likely announce its new slate device, and some are predicting we’ll be up to our armpits in these things by year end. Since most of you will probably wait until the end of the year to either ask for or purchase one of these things, you have a lot of time. But some of you will feel the need to buy sooner, and it is always best to think about what you want to do with one of these things before the feeding frenzy kicks in, when many people run out and buy something that they’ll either regret or never really use. The factors to consider are size, connectivity, battery life, book reading, application store, accessories, and price. Let’s take each in turn.
In response to technology previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show, some dubbed 2010 the Year of the Tablet PC. In addition, rumors of an Apple tablet are generating excitement, some reports expecting the company to manufacture vast quantities of the unit.
Now, an annual report published by Deloitte Research is supporting those expectations with hard numbers. According to the study, conducted by a Canadian division of Deloitte Research, tablet computers will become a purchasing trend in the near future. Deloitte expects tens of millions of tablet computer, or NetTab as they refer to them, units to sell this year alone.
The Austin company's iX104C4M Military Tablet PC uses an indoor/outdoor display, extended thermal operating ranges, night vision imaging and resistance against extreme vibration.
“It was a significant undertaking engineering a COTS product to meet the stringent requirements of battlefield conditions. This milestone achievement is one that we are very proud of and further complements our product portfolio,” Xplore President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Holleran said.
2010 is predicted to be the year of the tablets and we don’t mean the normal tablets you are use to but Tablet PC’s as they are widely marketed by the largest computer manufacturing firms of the world. These so called tablets are personal computers, which are touch operated (without using a keyboard or a mouse). As noted in a reports conducted by Deloitte; computer manufacturers are predicted to sell “millions” of tablets worldwide this year; the worldwide auditing and consulting giants report’s predicts the tablet PC market will reach 612 million pounds.
This month Hewlett Packard in collaboration with Microsoft have already presented a newer version of the Tablet PC; featuring upgraded applications which is doing well in the market as reported by the two giants. At the same time rumours across the industry state that Apple will be presenting its own version of a tablet PC later this month.
While everyone else is getting their knickers in a twist about a tablet that Apple might be launching later this year, here’s one manufacturer that actually has launched one — Fujitsu.
Before you get too excited, we should point out that the Fujitsu Lifebook T4310 is a Tablet PC of the old school rather than a sleek, slimline web browsing device, which means it’s effectively a traditional laptop with a screen that folds back on itself when you want to scribble on the screen.
Since this is a Tablet PC, the 12.1” screen is touch-sensitive, but it won’t work with just any blunt object — you need to use the supplied stylus (pen one end, eraser on the other) or a fingertip. Multi-touch is supported, but the only gesture we could get to work was a two-finger pinch for zooming into web pages.
Before year's end, HP will release a tablet PC and a notebook with an integrated projector, said the company's VP and manager of PC systems in Taiwan, Digitimesreported on Thursday. The company will place the projector at the top edge of the screen, much like a webcam, although the projector's lens will likely face forward. Most of these devices would be manufactured by Quanta Computer.
-Michael Dell may not be a fan of netbooks, but you wouldn't know that from the newest Mini 10. Joining the current Mini 10v, Dell's completely overhauled the chassis and added Intel's new Pine Trail processor. But that's not all: come February the little laptop will be available with Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator, which promises full HD playback on a high-res 1366 x 768 display. But does the $425 package rid us of our tireless complaints that Atom can't handle HD, and does it rival netbooks based on NVIDIA's Ion platform? And perhaps more importantly, can we count on the Mini 10 to be a valuable member of the growing Pine Trail netbook fraternity when it comes to battery life and ergonomics? Read on to find out!
Count Acer) Chairman J.T. Wang among the many people in the tech world awaiting the debut of Apple's new tablet computer. "I'm eager to see what Apple has done," says Wang, the top executive at Acer, the world's second-largest PC vendor behind Hewlett-Packard Wang and his Acer colleagues have some guesses about what the tablet, which Apple is scheduled to unveil on Jan.27, will be like. "It's going to be a big-screen iPhone," he predicts. "The content can be bigger, more graphic, with more video and text, but they are going to duplicate a successful model."
New Tablet in the Works
That doesn't mean Acer is going to stay on the sidelines now that Apple is reinvigorating the tablet computer category. Acer last year launched a laptop computer with a touchscreen that Wong says is a first step toward a new, tablet-like device. "Following this concept, you can expect to see more things happen within 2010," he says.
Unlike the device that Acer expects Apple to launch, whatever the Taiwanese company introduces this year will maintain some of the basic features of traditional computers. "I don't think we would like to get rid of the keyboard," says Wong. "People still type faster than they write." The goal is to have products with parts that are detachable. "If you need a keyboard, you'll have it," says Wong. "If you don't, you still can have a slate."
The clock is winding down to the big reveal on Wednesday at Apple's major press event. It could be an iSlate, or an iSlab, or an iTablet, or perhaps even an iPod Tablet Edition. There are almost as many potential names for the mythic device that may not exist as there are pundits speculating about what the device will or won't do--myself included...if it exists
Some would tell you the true netbook revolution started when Intel released their Atom processor, which provided the perfect low-price, moderate-power processor for the typical 10-inch netbook. Since then, the Atom has become the de facto processor for (what seems like) 99% of netbooks. But Panasonic has done the impossible and gotten a Core i7 processor into a netbook form factor computer.
The Core i7 line is currently Intel’s high-end desktop processor line, so it’s a bit odd to see Panasonic put one into a netbook. Considering most netbooks don’t have the chops to properly cool a full desktop chip, Panasonic spent extra time designing the cooling solution for their powerful netbook, which is bizarrely named the “Let’s Note R8″. The R8 features an improved fan design that gives it 3x the air flow and produces 50% cooler temperatures than a netbook would normally get.
If you're looking for a netbook with great battery life and good durability then the new HP Mini 5102 might be exactly what you need. You can even configure this netbook with a touchscreen for a tablet-like experience. Keep reading to find out if this business-class netbook is worth the price
As the announcement of the mythical Apple Tablet creeps closer, and as I’m cranking up an HP 2730p Tablet PC to go back into Ink note taking mode for the final week of rehearsals for The Buddy Holly Story at Wayside Theatre, I know there are quite a few Inkers out there who are a bit leery about what is going to happen tomorrow.
Already we’ve seen comments from folks about the lack of Inking, about the fact that a Tablet isn’t a Tablet unless you’re able to Ink on it, and of course the fact that the word slate has been rejuvenated as a part of a possible name for the new device. In my cynical commentary I’ve said more than once that I’ll be laughing my tookus off at all those who have dismissed Digital Ink as a valid data input method, who all of a sudden turn on a dime and discover that OMIGOD! you can actually write on a computer if Apple pulls out some form of Digital Inking
Who knows if these are real, but these are easily the most legitimate looking pictures I’ve ever seen of the supposed Apple Tablet/iPad/iSlate/iBook/Whatever It Will Be Called. Further, UI designer Dustin Curtis tells us a friend sent him these pictures — and from what we hear, that friend could work at Apple (he wouldn’t confirm that).
Back in April, when the rumors of a tablet device from Apple were beginning to surface, we wondered aloud if a Mac tablet would become the gadget of choice to integrate with electronic medical records.
Apparently, that concept may soon be a reality. In early January, Venture Beat reported a rumor that Apple reps have been spotted at Los Angeles’ Cedar-Sinai hospital, probing physicians about how a tablet (Apple’s iSlate) could be used in a hospital setting. Meanwhile, tablets were all the rage earlier this year at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show with product announcements from Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo and Dell.
2010 is shaping up to be the year of the tablet. We want to know which device is best positioned to rule the halls of healthcare.
January 27, 2010
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And we call it, the iPad.” It’s official.
9.7-inch IPS display, “It’s half an inch thin and weighs just 1.5 pounds
the iPad pricing starts, not at $999, but at $499.”
shipping iPads in 60 days, worldwide availability of Wi-Fi models.” It’ll be another 30 days beyond that for 3G models.
Steve Jobs Live from the Launch event:
“As you know, Apple builds the same multitouch sensors in the world.” And it has multitouch on this. It’s powered by a 1GHz Apple A4 chip, and has 16GB to 64GB of flash storage “And it screams.”
802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. 30-pin connector, speaker, microphone, accelerometer and compass.
“And it’s got battery. What is the battery life of this remarkable new device?” 10 hours of battery life.
“A few other things…I’d like to talk about iTunes.” It syncs like an iPhone with your Mac or PC over the 30-pin cable. You sync everything: photos, music, movies, TV shows, contacts, calendars, bookmarks and applications, like the iPhone. Even backups.
And now, wireless networking. It has Wi-Fi, but there are models with 3G.
What does it cost for the data plans? In the US, companies charge $60 for a data plan for laptops. But, “we’ve got a real breakthrough here. We’ve got two awesome plans for iPad owners.” The first is 250MB data a month for $15.
And if you want unlimited data for $30 a month.
all iPad 3G models are unlocked, and they use GSM micro SIMs, so if your carrier offers micro SIMs, “they’ll just work.”
Just attempting to distribute millions of laptops to children in the developing world is ambitious enough. But Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of non-profit One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) in Cambridge, Mass., has always had a grander vision. Four years ago, the MIT professor announced plans to build a durable, human-powered laptop for $100, heralding the rise of ultra-cheap netbooks. Now, Negroponte has a new mission: to build a $75 tablet computer that is waterproof, flexible, thinner than an iPhone and made entirely of plastic. Skeptics say the device is a feat of embellishment, not engineering. But as consumers wait for Apple, Microsoft and Dell to unveil their own tablets, it seems like Negroponte may once again be heralding the next big thing in computers.
X2 Computing, one of the UK’s fastest growing providers of mobile computing solutions, has announced the immediate availability of the X2390, a new widescreen tablet PC that integrates a high visibility touch display and high performance processing power. It will enhance productivity in a wide range of point of sale and point of service applications including retail, gaming, logistics, field service, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality
According to Francis Davis, Managing Director of X2 Computing: “This is an exciting development in the field of tablet computing. The X2390 is the first in a family of wide screen rugged and semi-rugged tablets ranging in size from 5” to 11” that will be thinner, brighter and more customizable in terms of features than ever before enabling customers to specify systems to meet their precise requirement from low cost gaming devices through to high-end field service terminals.”
The iPad's tech is good enough. Until now, processors were too large, too slow, too hot, and too inefficient to make tablets practical. Now, Apple's tiny, efficient A4 processor runs at 1GHz, and makes for some sprightly performance. The graphics are a lot better, too, letting you watch high-definition TV on this super-slim handheld. Too bad its aspect ratio is only 4:3 instead of the preferred 16:9. Even so, it's good enough.
Apple is doing it. Say what you will about the Cupertino company with its ubiquitous reality distortion field, but its hardware and software design have proven themselves to be nearly irresistible. It's about time Apple got into the tablet business. The company's market-tested one-button design was a big hit with the iPhone, and will be equally successful with the iPad, regardless of what hysterical Apple haters say. Short sighted naysayers have been wrong many times before about Apple, and are just as wrong again about the iPad.
A number of people have asked for my reaction to the iPad.
I will skip over the name which I think is terrible. iPad? Really?
Apple gets credit on execution and good packaging of available technology. That said, their thin slate is an unsurprising product in the context of an evolutionary timeline that spans decades of innovation and effort chasing the slate computing dream.
My perspective is also somewhat unique.
At WinHEC five years ago, Bill held up a non-functional model of “Haiku”. It was a concept design effort that I had led as part of incubating ultra-mobile PC, and was aimed at illustrating the type of full-fidelity, device-like mobile PC design that would be achievable in the 5-6 year time frame.
Tablet PC makers were mum about their plans until Apple unveiled its offering. After Asus, another Taiwanese PC maker has confirmed their plans to launch a tablet. MSI’s Sales Director Sambora Chen confirmed that they’ll be launching an Nvidia Tegra-basedtablet PC in 2H 2010. MSI’s offering will have a 10-inch touchscreen display, possess all the functions of a regular netbook and will come in thin and a light package so as to tout its mobility.
January 29, 2010
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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.