Tablet PC News Archive
May 1, 2014
Microsoft Updates Office iPad App with Top-Requested Feature: Printing
When Microsoft released its Office app for iPad users last month, the company left out one key feature: the ability to print files. The company fixed that yesterday with an updated version of the respective Office apps. But if you have an older printer, you may be out of luck. At the very least you'll have to find a workaround without AirPrint, Apple's universal print driver for iOS.
Microsoft said that adding the ability to print Office files from their iPads was the No. 1 request among the 12 million customers who have downloaded the new app, though many wonder why it was left out in the first place. An update to the app, available in Apple's iTunes App Store, lets Office 365 subscribers with at least the $6.99-per-month Personal Subscription, which recently went live, print their documents. You must update each Office app (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Only newer printers have firmware that support AirPrint.
Apple created AirPrint as an alternative to requiring printer vendors to develop drivers. According to a Microsoft spokeswoman, AirPrint works "with thousands of printers." To see if your printer supports AirPrint, Apple posted a list and other tips. For its part, Brother offers its own iPad printing tool called iPrint & Scan -- though you can't print Office documents from it directly either. However if you use Brother's iPrint & Scan Web interface (an app also in the Apple App Store) and log into OneDrive, you can open your file and print it. It's not the most elegant approach but it works.
Sqweezel Universal Tablet Holder and Mounting System
IT Business Net
The Sqweezel- Tablet Holder offered their businesses. The hardware industry has been needing something sturdy and flexible like this to secure their tablets ever since the first tablets were released. This will truly be a game-changer, said one of the booth visitors. Not purely limited to the Hardware and DIY market the Sqweezel tablet holder has also had success in markets ranging from kitchen and furniture supplies, home fitness equipment, educational supplies and further markets needing a quick and easy way to attach tablet PCs.
The SQWEEZEL Universal Tablet Holder and Mount is a flexible and reliable hands free tool to keep your tablet safe and secure. The quick connect/disconnect holder of the SQWEEZEL will work with any tablet, with or without a case or cover. The large clamp, flexible arm, and quick release rotating attachment point allows for tablet use in a wide variety of settings. A surface mount model is also available for use on workbenches, counters, desks, and walls. The Sqweezel tablet holder is able to accommodate any tablet between 6-12, including the Kindle E-reader, iPad mini, iPad (Gen. 1,2,3, Air), Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, Sony Xperia, Windows Surface and many more.
May 2, 2014
Lenovo Yoga Tablet Receives Gold Edison Award as Most Innovative Computing Solution
Wall Street Journal
Lenovo's Yoga Tablet received top honors last night at a ceremony in San Francisco with a gold Edison Award for most innovative computing solution. In addition, Lenovo's IdeaCentre Horizon Multimode Table PC was recognized with a silver Edison Award in the computer and entertainment category.
Lenovo Chairman & CEO Yang Yuanqing honored with Edison Achievement Award for Innovation Lenovo Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing (left) was awarded the prestigious Edison Achievement Award, which honors distinguished business executives who have made a significant and lasting contribution to innovation throughout their careers, at a ceremony in San Francisco April 30, 2014. This marked the first time ever that an honoree based outside North America was selected for Edison Awards honors.
Lenovo also received a gold award in the computers category for its Yoga tablet, and a silver award in the industrial design category for its IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC. (Photo: Business Wire)
The Edison Awards were inspired by Thomas Edison, to recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy.
The Lenovo Yoga Tablet captivated the tablet market in 4Q 2013 with its three-mode kickstand, giving consumers a unique way to use a tablet. With hold, tilt and stand modes, the tablet adapts to the way people use it and is packed with an amazing 18 hours of battery life(1) for ultra mobile lifestyles.
The 27-inch Horizon PC blew up CES 2013 as Lenovo's first "interpersonal" table PC; a multi-user, multi-touch and multi-mode device for the home with the capability to easily shift from personal to shared computing use. Paired with a special set of accessories including an e-dice, joysticks and strikers, the Horizon Table PC offers a complete digital gaming experience.
Top 8 Reasons We Love Microsoft Windows Tablets
Tablets powered by Windows are a force to be reckon with as the software matures and these are the 8 reasons we are loving them.
Windows tablets have faced fierce competition from the likes of Apple's iPad and those powered by Google's Android. As Microsoft's mobile operating system matures, more people are enjoying the features it has to offer. Recently, the tech giant revealed an update to its Windows Phone OS and introduced Cortana, virtual assistant. The feature had been in development for years and it is named after a character from the "Halo" video game series. Cortana is powered by Microsoft's search engine Bing and gets smarter as it knows more about the user asking questions and monitoring activities through text and speech. In keeping with a real assistants, Cortana has a "notebook" to work out of, which is a setting page where she stores users data.
For the past weeks we have been playing with the Nokia Lumia 2520 powered by Windows and it has become a great alternative for the user on the go that wants a professional device. Here are the 8 Reasons We Love Windows Tablets: 1. Cortana: With the recent 8.1 update, our device got a refreshment without having to fork over more money for a new device. The virtual assistant doesn't sound like a robot and it is as natural as if we really had a personal assistant. It made us feel important keeping tabs on what we needed and what we asked. Cortana has sass and attitude which only makes the plot of "Her" seem like it can really happen.
May 5, 2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is making inroads in higher education
On May 1, 2014, Ubergizmo.com reported that CDI College in Canada, with 26 campuses and 5800 students, will distribute the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 to all students by the end of summer 2014. Given the dominance of iPads and Android devices, this is a decision that completely bucks the trend of adopting the marketing leaders. Although Microsoft has been aggressively marketing the Surface Pro 2, sales lag significantly behind Apple, Samsung, and other Android brands.
The Surface Pro 2 is arguably a device that is much more closely aligned to the needs of students when compared to other tablets. Important features include the full version of Windows 8.1 (not a mobile operating system), an active digitizer that supports pen input, an integrated keyboard cover, and hardware features to enable the connection to peripheral devices.
The full version of Windows 8.1 means that students can not only run Office, but also install and use any Windows software as they would on a PC/laptop. Students are not limited to just apps, as they would be using other tablet choices. For many students, the Office applications are the primary tools used across most disciplines, but other software programs are also often needed. Having a tablet that can install legacy software is a great advantage of the Surface Pro 2.
The integration of the keyboard cover is a big leap forward for productivity. Content creation is still primarily facilitated using a keyboard. There is just no way around that. Touch screen are wonderfully convenient and fun to use, but are much too limiting for students that need to type extensively. The keyboard touch cover that attaches to the Surface Pro 2 in very thin yet enables a high quality and efficient touch typing experience.
Perhaps the most unique and valuable feature of the Surface Pro 2 is the inclusion of an active digitizer, which supports a stylus pen. This means that the writing experience on the screen is very similar to writing on paper. The digitizer enables a very natural writing experience on screen. There is no lag as one writes, and the pen is fine tipped like a pen/pencil. Students take notes extensively, and annotate digital texts; therefore, the writing capability of the Surface Pro 2 is an essential technology feature.
The Surface Pro 2 supports peripheral devices such as a mouse or printer. Printing is still a major need for students despite the ubiquitous use of digital media. For some types of software, the mouse is also a necessary tool. The option to use peripherals helps to close the gap between laptop and tablet functionality.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet review
Sony has spent the last three years honing the design and function of its Xperia range. The spec sheet of the company’s latest tablet, the Xperia Z2 Tablet, reveals it is thinner, lighter and more powerful than its rivals. But what sacrifices has Sony made to achieve these feats?
Using the Z2 Tablet is a sensory experience. The screen reflects light in the same way still water mirrors natural scenery. Sony has achieved this by matching thick black bezels with the same shade as that of the screen. Isolating the two from afar is a tall order, until you turn on the power.
Picking up the Z2 Tablet up appeals to the sense of touch. The tablet is lighter and thinner than any 10.1in tablet before it at 439g and 6mm thin. The Z2 Tablet, a competitor in the Apple dominated space, represents Sony beating the top dog on its own terms.
The Z2 Tablet can take on water — more water than you’ll ever demand from a tablet. Its IP58 rating certifies the tablet can be submerged in freshwater 1.5m deep for a whole thirty minutes. An additional IP55 rating covers it against the ingress of dust. Protecting the Z2 Tablet from water and dust instantly expands what it can be used for. In this case, it is near everything.
Underwater, the Z2 Tablet continued to play a video without fail — audio and all. Streaks of water trickled down the tablet’s face when we finally pulled it out. We touched the screen and it worked. The volume rocker increased and decreased audio on cue, and then we locked the screen with the power button. The verdict: Sony has made a tablet that works under water.
This hardware handles the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with ease. Every facet of the tablet transitions seamlessly from one screen to another. It is responsive, quick and highly capable when it comes to multitasking.
Creating a Perfect Photoshop Machine Out of Surface Pro
International Business Times AU
Maximizing your Surface Pro tablet can delight users especially the traveling photographers by turning it into a Photoshop machine. No need to bring bulky and heavy laptops, Wacom tablet and power cords while on the road.
The Core i5 processors of Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, spacious RAM, Wacom-powered display and a battery life that lasts long make the Microsoft tablet the best travel buddy. It is possible with a few tweaks like graphics driver update and Wacom software installation
May 6, 2014
Two new thin and light designs and breakthrough dual mode, touch experience starting $279.00
Lenovo has announced their first consumer Chromebooks, the N20 Chromebook and N20p Chromebook. These devices offer consumers choices of two ways to enjoy the Chrome experience in a thin and light form factor with a set of comprehensive technologies - all at an unbelievably affordable price starting at $279. While the N20 provides the familiar comfort of a traditional laptop, the N20p Chromebook breaks the mold for Chromebooks with its innovative multimode design featuring Laptop and Stand modes.
These new additions complement Lenovo’s Chromebook family, which includes the ThinkPad 11e Chromebook and the ThinkPad YOGA 11e Chromebook, built with the needs of education customers in mind.
Fusing Innovative Hardware
Designed for maximum portability, both Chromebooks are thin and light at less than 17.9mm and weighing less than 1.4 kg. With an 11.6-in 1366x768 HD screen, users can comfortably see their work and type by using the full-sized keyboard with its oversized trackpad and attractive cool-touch palmrest.
While the N20 Chromebook features a traditional laptop design, the multimode N20p Chromebook’s keyboard flexes 300° backward to convert from Laptop mode to Stand mode. Stand mode gives users a new way for watching videos up close and interacting with the 10-finger touchscreen for playing games and browsing.
With up to eight hours of battery life and powered by an Intel® Celeron processor with integrated graphics, users can quickly and seamlessly boot the Chromebook and immediately begin their task
MobileDemand Announces New Thin and Rugged Windows Tablet
MobileDemand announced on Wednesday, April 30th, the availability of a new thin and rugged Windows tablet called the xTablet T1400. Compact and lightweight for mobile enterprise users, the fully-rugged xTablet T1400 is feature rich with a 10.1” high resolution display, high capacity hot-swappable batteries, barcode scanner and full Windows 8.1 or 7 operating system.
About the xTablet T1400 rugged Windows tablet:
Powerful Processor for Field Productivity
If you’re in the market for thin and rugged tablets, look no further than the new xTablet T1400 from MobileDemand - one of the thinnest and lightest 10” rugged tablets available. The xTablet T1400 features an Intel Celeron N2920 processor along with 4GB of RAM running Windows 7 or 8.1, which is plenty of horsepower to handle your enterprise software and it’s related tasks.
The versatile xTablet T1400 ruggedized tablet PC from MobileDemand brings you the power of a laptop and the versatility of a tablet. Whether you're in field service, utilities, warehousing, agriculture, food and beverage, or throughout the supply chain, the T1400 is the perfect device for your Windows applications.
- The xTablet T1400 has a quad core, Intel Celeron Bay Trail processor with 4GB of DDR3L RAM.
- Comes with either Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 Pro or 8.1 SST and a 64GB hard drive.
- The tablet is rugged and sealed and yet is half the thickness and half the weight of other 10" rugged tablets.
- Mobile workers can rest assured that the information on their tablet is safe if exposed to water or dust - The T1400 is IP65 rated.
- Add on an optional barcode scanner or RFID reader to turn your rugged Windows tablet in to the ultimate productivity tool.
- Hot swappable batteries allow you to chance the battery without having to power down the device. The xTablet T1400 comes with 3 battery pack options going all the way up to 12 hours of operations.
- The Windows Professional operating system (7, 8.1 Pro or 8.1 SST) runs full versions of your business and desktop applications providing even greater capacity to a mobile workforce. That means long-term cost savings!
May 7, 2014
Office 365 users: Surface Pros now qualify as PCs or tablets
Summary: In a new Office 365 consumer licensing distinction, Microsoft is allowing Surface Pro and Pro 2 users to count their devices as PCs or tablets. Here's why this matters.
I've gotten a couple of questions recently from individuals who are considering purchasing consumer-focused Office 365 subscriptions as to whether their Surface Pro devices count as PCs or tablets.
This isn't just a semantic exercise. The reason they care is Office 365 Personal allows users to install Office on one PC or Mac plus one tablet for $70 a year. Office 365 Home allows users to install Office on up to five PCs and/or Macs, plus five tablets for $100 a year.
Microsoft officials had said previously that Surface devices, because of their detachable keyboards, counted as tablets, not PCs. While Microsoft officials often refer to Surface Pros as "tablets that can replace your laptop," they also position them as competitors to MacBooks, not iPads.
When Microsoft unveiled Office 365 Personal in March, Office execs said that "Any Windows device that is touch enabled and has a detachable keyboard qualifies as a tablet." That meant Surface Pros and Surface Pro 2s were defined for licensing purposes as tablets.
But more than a few Surface buyers are using their Surface Pro or Surface Pro 2 devices as their primary PCs. Some considering Office 365 wanted the option to count their Surface Pro as their PC and Office on iPad as their "tablet."
The good news: Microsoft is now allowing users to do this. When I asked Microsoft officials about their categorization of Surface Pros for subscriptions, a spokesperson sent me the following statement:
“We understand that the convergence of device categories can make it difficult to define some devices, and as a result, we have built in some flexibility for subscription customers. For example, an Office 365 Personal subscriber can define their Surface Pro as either a PC or a tablet.”
T-Mobile Unleashes You to Experience Tablets Beyond the Wi-Fi Zone-For Free
T-Mobile becomes the only major national carrier or retailer offering LTE tablets for the price of Wi-Fi-only models. And now get free data through 2014 when you add tablets to your voice plans.
Today the vast majority of American tablet owners are stuck on Wi-Fi or stuck in carrier contracts. That's about to change.
"With this announcement, T-Mobile's launching a full-on assault against the restrictions and pain points that keep tablet owners from experiencing life beyond the Wi-Fi zone," Said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile. "The Un-carrier is all about solving pain points, and today we're eliminating every reason to be stuck on an unconnected Wi-Fi-only tablet. There's no longer any need to limit the use of your tablet because you're intimidated by Big Blue, Bad Red or Bumbling Yellow. "
If you're stuck on Wi-Fi, you can now come to T-Mobile and upgrade to a 4G LTE-enabled model for nothing down and pay no more than you'd pay for the cheaper Wi-Fi-only model, with any postpaid activation on a 1GB or more mobile internet plan with no annual service contract. For example, pay the Wi-Fi price of $499 instead of $630 for the 4G LTE-enabled 16GB iPad Air. Or pay the Wi-Fi price of $200 instead of $312 for the 4G LTE Samsung Tab 3. Voice customers adding the 1GB tablet plan for free for the rest of 2014 also fully qualify for these reduced prices.
If you're stuck in a contract with your old carrier, the Un-carrier will pay every penny of your early termination fees (ETFs) when you make the switch to T-Mobile. Just bring in your tablets to receive an instant credit based on their value. Then purchase any tablet at the new lower same-as-Wi-Fi prices. Customers may even qualify for zero down financing with 24 monthly payments. After receiving the final bill from your old carrier showing your ETFs, just mail it in or upload it to www.switch2tmobile.com. T-Mobile then sends an additional payment covering every last penny of those fees.
May 8, 2014
Top 5 Best Tablets 2014
The Fuse Joplin
Tablets have become a must have device, but there are so many models available that it has become quite difficult to choose one.
You can check out these tablets and evaluate them based on their features and performance.
Google Nexus 10: It is neither too big nor too small, thereby offering great portability. It also has great features with a 10-inch display and runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS, offering great speed for running apps.
iPad Air: It is an impressive and popular tablet, with Retina Display. Text and displays are incredibly sharp, with 3.1 million pixels. It is a slim device operating on the iOS, allowing multitasking. You can also download any of the 375,000 apps present in the Apple store, with many apps already preloaded such as email, browsers, photo editing features and so on.
Microsoft Surface 2: The Microsoft Surface 2 comes with a kickstand built into it so that you can use it hands free, and with Windows 8.1, enabling easy multi tasking. It is very usable and convenient, allowing use of multiple apps at the same time. The cover doubles for a keyboard. Office Home is pre installed, with Word, Excel and so on for those who want to be productive. You can buy apps from the Windows Store as well as the Xbox Games application but not from any other third party.
Verdict: The iPad Air offers the best tablet optimized applications, but the price is steep. Surface 2 with Windows 8 is also excellent for those looking for productivity.
Adobe Voice app for Apple iPad arrives for video storytelling enthusiasts
The Mobile Indian
Adobe has launched a new application called Adobe Voice for users to engage in storytelling through videos. Take the music, graphics, video and record your voice to create an animated video stories that can be shared with others using the Adobe Voice app. The Adobe Voice app is available for the Apple iPad tablet and can be downloaded from the Apple App Store.
Adobe claims the app to be super fast and extremely simple to adept. With touch-based interaction, the users can bring in the multimedia on their tablet or from the web to the app. One can also record voice, one line at a time, to be integrated in a particular story.
May 9, 2014
Microsoft CEO Nadella expected to preside over May 20th New York City Surface Mini rollout
Summary: Microsoft looks to be taking the covers off its long-rumored Surface Mini tablet on May 20 in New York City.
Microsoft sent a number of us media folks invitations to "a small gathering" on May 20 in New York City.
The invitation, emailed on May 5, says it is for a "Surface event" and will kick off at 11 a.m. ET.
CEO Satya Nadella will be officiating, according to my sources.
Given the timing, my guess is this is likely to be the introduction of Microsoft's long-rumored Surface Mini tablet. Previous leaks have indicated the Surface Mini will be a 7- to 8-inch tablet that will come equipped with a stylus.
Neowin and Windows SuperSite are corroborating that the Surface Mini will be an ARM-based device with real, digitizing stylus. OneNote will be key to the platform, given it is expected to debut as a notetaking-centric device. The eight-inch device will come with covers that will also function as kickstands, according to both sites. Both sites are reporting the Mini will likely be available in June (probably the latter half of the month)
Bloomberg also is reporting there will be more than just an ARM-based Surface Mini. One or more Intel-based Surface devices may also be unveiled at the May 20 event, Bloomberg said. It's not clear if these will be smaller, Atom-based Surface Minis or larger-screen successors to the Surface Pro 2.
May 12, 2014
LG announces new G Pad Android tablets
Tablets are not one size fits all, says LG CEO.
LG has announced a trio of new G Pad tablet models consisting of the G Pad 7.0, G Pad 8.0 and G Pad 10.1.
With an aim to offering more options to users, LG has confirmed it is launching three new versions of its G Pad 8.3 tablet. There are few details available yet such as price, release date and specs because the firm will announce the tablets in full at MedPI 2014 which starts tomorrow in Monaco.
See also: What is the best tablet you can buy in 2014.
LG hopes the new devices will significantly expand 'footprint in the tablet market'. While the 7- and 10-in models make a lot of sense, we can't get our heads round the 8in size which is only 0.3in smaller than LG original G Pad tablet.
The devices will be unveiled at the MedPI trade show in Monaco this week.
Full specifications will follow but based on the G Pad 8.3, the two larger-screen tablets should feature a processor capable of between 1.7 GHz and 2.3 GHz.
"Customers tell us that they want a wider range of devices that offer sizable screens without compromising portability," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, LG CEO. "Unlike smartphones, tablets are not one size fits all. So we designed the G Pad Series for a diverse target audience, some who prioritize portability while others want the best multimedia experience possible."
Morgan Stanley Dramatically Slashes Its Outlook For The Tablet Market
Apple's weaker than expected tablet sales in Q1 are not an anomaly.
They are the new normal, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty.
In a research report, Huberty says she's cutting her forecast for tablet growth:
We lower our 2014 tablet growth forecast to 12% from 26% on the back of increasing penetration rates and the lack of new, differentiated products.
Most blame weakness on increased penetration rates and lack of meaningful innovation. Few suppliers were able to communicate a credible argument for a growth re-acceleration this year, however Android appears to be faring better than iOS tablets on the back of lower price points and broader product portfolios. Longer-term, suppliers expect larger screen tablets to further cannibalize traditional notebooks.
Consumer Minute: Microsoft tablet news
Microsoft appears to be getting ready to take on Apple. Online reports say the tech giant will unveil a seven or eight inch tablet at its May 20th press event. The smaller version of the Surface tablet will compete with Apple's iPad mini, the Samsung Galaxy tablet and Google's Nexus 7. The new mini Surface has reportedly been in the works for a year.
May 13, 2014
iOS 8 is likely to supercharge the functionality of Apple’s iPad with a new split-screen multitasking feature, according to sources with knowledge of the enhancement in development. These people say that the feature will allow iPad users to run and interact with two iPad applications at once. Up until now, each iPad application either developed by Apple or available on the App Store is only usable individually in a full-screen view.
The ability to use multiple applications simultaneously on a tablet’s display takes a page out of Microsoft’s playbook. Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets has a popular “snap” multitasking feature that allows customers to snap multiple apps onto the screen for simultaneous usage. The feature is popular in the enterprise and in environments where users need to handle multiple tasks at the same time.
Lenovo unveils the ThinkPad 10
Lenovo has taken the wraps of its ThinkPad 10, an all-new 10-inch tablet based on Intel’s quad-core Atom Z3795 processor. The ThinkPad 10 will ship with the 64-bit versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro, which could render it more attractive to the enterprise looking to standardize on 64-bit apps and images. The company gave us an embargoed sneak peek last week.
The ThinkPad 10 will have a 10.1-inch IPS display that offers 10 touch points, native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels, and an active Wacom digitizer—a feature missing from Lenovo’s smaller ThinkPad 8. The tablet will ship in models with either 2- or 4GB of memory and either 64- or 128GB of storage. I/O ports are par for the course: Micro HDMI, one USB 2.0, and a MicroSD card slot for additional storage. But the ThinkPad 10 also has a port that allows you to connect it to a desktop docking station that will convert the tablet into a small all-in-one PC when you add a mouse and keyboard.
Samsung Wireless Drive Brings 1.5 TB of Storage to Android and Windows Tablets
Tablet PC Review
Android and PC users desperate for more storage will soon have a new option available: the Samsung Wireless drive for tablets and phones.
The Samsung Wireless drive will have a 1.5 TB capacity and cost $179. It will hold up to 750 movies, 375,000 MP3s, or 425,000 photos.
The drive will connect wirelessly via local Wi-Fi or other available networks, and up to five mobile devices will be able to connect to it at the same time. It will also come with a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port for charging tablets and phones on the go
May 14, 2014
Surface Pro 3 may be announced next week, support page suggests
It's no secret that Microsoft is holding a "small" Surface event next Tuesday, but exactly what's going to be revealed is still shrouded in mist. Numerous leaks suggest that the long-rumored Surface Mini will get an introduction that day; in addition, if a new Microsoft support page published Tuesday is any indication, Microsoft's micro-tablet may be joined by a bigger cousin: The website specifically name-checks the Surface Pro 3.
The existence of the page, which was first reported by The Verge after being tipped off by Twitter user @notcassim, details a Windows 8.1 update that "adds support to the Surface Pro 3 camera."
If a Surface Pro 3 indeed launches with a new Haswell chip, it could indicate that Intel is more behind schedule than it's letting on. But if a Surface Pro 3 is announced with an early-access Broadwell chip, all those worries could blow away in a jiffy.
Microsoft's slip-up adds credence to reports that multiple Surface models will be revealed at the event. Beyond a potential Surface Pro 3 reveal, the company is expected to launch an ARM-powered Surface Mini running the tablet-centric Windows RT operating system, and possibly an Intel-powered "Pro" variant of the Surface Mini. No matter what's unveiled on May 20, PCWorld will be at the event to bring you the news as it happens.
Fujitsu today announced the release of 10 new enterprise models from nine series, including thin clients and one zero client, as well as a tablet, desktop PCs and workstations that come installed with the latest Windows 8.1 Pro operating system. All models are being released in Japan starting today(1).
In its FUJITSU Tablet ARROWS Tab line of tablets, Fujitsu is releasing a new model, the ARROWS Tab Q704/PV, which won an outstanding product award in the MCPC award 2014 program(2). Equipped with a compact palm vein authentication sensor, and available with CLEARSURE 3G/LTE(3) remote data-deletion solution(4), this tablet combines robust security with maximum mobility.
The FUJITSU ARROWS Tab Q704/PV tablet with a compact palm vein authentication sensor
This tablet is loaded with Windows 8.1 Pro, the latest version of that operating system, and is equipped with the latest fourth-generation Intel Core i5 Processor, along with a 12.5" wide-format LCD screen. It also has a compact palm-vein sensor based on Fujitsu's proprietary technology for biometric authentication. This authenticates quickly and accurately to prevent unauthorized usage. It also supports CLEARSURE 3G/LTE remote data-deletion solution, allowing for mobile use with more security and peace of mind. These highly regarded security features are why this tablet received an outstanding product award in the MCPC award 2014 program.
In addition, when docked to the optional 'Turbo Mode Expansion Cradle', with customizable options, it switches automatically from low-power normal mode to high-performance turbo mode, which runs the CPU at maximum power. The expansion cradle enables connections to a large-screen display monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals, making it ideal for creation of work materials.
May 15, 2014
Samsung “Tab into Color ” Event Sparks Excitement
Samsung is getting ready to launch their new series of tablets. at an June 12th event in NYC called Samsung Galaxy Premiere 2014. The tag line for the event which is creating interest and excitement is “Tab into Color.”
While their are no real hints other than the "Tab" the rumors are swirling that Samsung may unveil a new line of slates possibly named the Galaxy Tab S series. Rumors (or wishful thinking), is that a the unveiling will include a Tablet with the new Super AMOLED 2560 x 1440-pixel display which would be the first on a Tablet, as well as a built-in fingerprint reader.
With its sights on Apple, China smartphone maker Xiaomi unveils first tablet
Chinese budget smartphone maker Xiaomi unveiled on Thursday its first tablet, expanding its product lineup to directly challenge established rivals Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc.
The Mi Pad, which comes in six colours, will have a 7.9 inch screen, the same size as an iPad Mini.
Like other tablets, it comes equipped with wireless internet, front and back cameras and a built-in memory capacity of 16 gigabytes or 64 gigabytes. But it is priced cheaper than comparable iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab models at 1,499 yuan ($240) for the smaller version.
"We wanted the hardware to come close to, or even surpass Apple's iPad," Xiaomi's founder Lei Jun said at the launch event in Beijing. Xiaomi's flagship smartphones, which are among the fastest selling in China, resemble Apple's iPhone.
May 16, 2014
Toshiba takes on the MacBook Pro with a 4K laptop.
The Satellite name on this Toshiba means it’s a work laptop, but the P50T-B-10K is a stylish system that’s designed for those who want a productive portable to look impressive as well as burn through demanding creative applications.
That means a high price of £1,200 as well as an impressive specification. That also means strong competition: at this end of the market the 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display is an expensive, inevitable spectre, and the stunning Dell XPS 15 is priced similarly.
READ MORE: 2014's Best Laptops, Tablets, Hybrids and PCs
Toshiba Satellite P50T-B-10K: Screen & Sound Quality
The P50T’s screen is its big selling point thanks to the 3,480 x 2,160 resolution. That’s a long way beyond 1080p, and it’s also more pixels than the MacBook and the XPS: the former has a 2,880 x 1,800 screen and the latter deploys a 3,200 x 1,880 resolution.
That means a a pixel density of 262.5ppi, which outstrips the Dell and Apple machines that have 237.9ppi and 220.5ppi figures respectively.
The screen is incredibly crisp. Images look sharp, and there’s plenty of room on the Start screen for the largest of Live Tiles. Text and other OS elements look great, too, as Toshiba has used Windows 8.1’s built-in scaling options to mimic a 1080p screen. The result is a screen that looks like it’s 1,920 x 1,080, but with added clarity and sharpness.
May 19, 2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: What to expect…
All eyes will be on Microsoft this week with the tech giant widely expected to unveil the third generation of its Surface tablets and Surface Mini in New York on May 20.
If media speculation is proved correct and Redmond does showcase the Surface Pro 3, it will have been launched less than 12 months from its predecessor, the Surface Pro 2.
While Microsoft has yet to commit to a predictable release pattern regarding its hardware devices, rumours in the press suggest the company will reveal five versions of the device, a device expected to be powered by Intel processors – namely the ‘Skylake’ Intel Core i7 chip.
And according to reports from CNET, the Surface Pro 3 will have the largest Surface display to date, at 12 inches.
“There are strong indications that there is a 12-inch product coming down the pipeline,” Rhoda Alexander, who directs IHS Technology’s monitor and tablet research, told CNET.
Can Microsoft Turn Digital Ink Into a Key Advantage for Windows and Surface?
Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
Microsoft has never given up on digital ink, a technology that is now deeply integrated in Windows and could provide a key differentiator for devices targeted at students, lawyers, reporters, and note-takers of all stripes. Are we on the edge of a digital ink renaissance?
Digital ink and devices that support electromagnetic styluses shouldn't be discounted. In the same way that the PC will always be a need for "doers," those people who need a real keyboard and the versatility and power of a PC to get work done, there will likewise always be a market for those who need or want to take notes—or just write generally—with a stylus.
The other day, I wrote about a prototype or each interface for various Office "Touch" for Windows apps and while many misunderstood the point of that post—it was really just to show off some advanced or unique functionality in the suite that isn't present in, say, Office for iPad—one of many things I didn't really detail at the time was that the source of that information was a "leaked" video and presentation from Microsoft Research that was really about—wait for it—how digital inking prowess could differentiate Microsoft's productivity offerings. That is, yes, Office "Touch" was part of the story. But it was only part.
I initially chose to focus on the Office "Touch" for Windows angle because I'm personally interested in that, and feel that many readers are as well.
For users, a pen (or stylus) is a natural, powerful productivity tool, one that works well for note-taking, annotation, problem-solving, collaboration, text, math, diagrams, sketches, highlights, doodles, and more. It's personal, and a pen is not distracting, like typing can be in meetings. Users "consider the pen essential for productivity," Microsoft says. Again, I think that's core to what the firm does.
For Microsoft, a pen and digital ink capabilities are a core differentiator and advantage. This new generation of iPad-inspired tablets has only made ink and pens more compelling, it says, and users want to use them for productivity too, not just for consumption. And since Microsoft has decades of experience developing and improving this technology, it is in a unique position to offer the very best experience. Remember: The firm's digital ink technology doesn't just do handwriting recognition, which is impressive. It understands and lets you store your content in digital ink as a native, searchable data format, just like text or other formats. The firm also has a "significant patent portfolio" advantage over its competitors. Yep, Microsoft has patented the hell out of this stuff.
May 20, 2014
The Tablet That Can Replace Your Laptop.
Available for Pre Order Wednesday May 21, 2014
Intel i3, i5, and i7 Intel processors, #SurfacePro3
Watch the Microsoft Surface Event live starting at 8 a.m. PDT from New York City.
Is a 4K tablet PC possible?
The 4K LCD TV is a rising star in the TV market, and we also see 4K panels emerging in the monitor and notebook PC markets. Panel makers are also developing 4K smartphone panels. The only remaining question is whether 4K will show up on tablet PCs.
There are panel makers developing 4K tablet PC panels. Japan Display is one of the most aggressive, announcing that it has been shipping samples of a 10.1” 4K panel for tablet PCs, made using LTPS technology at its Gen 6 fab in Mobara. Sharp and LG Display are also developing 4K tablet PC LTPS panels.
The highest resolution available for tablet PCs is 364 ppi, but JDI’s 10.1” 4K will be 438 ppi, thus raising bar for tablet PCs above 400 ppi.
Japan Display will eventually move its panel to mass production, so it seems that achieving a 4K tablet PC is not an issue. However, it is uncertain whether the tablet PC ecosystem, especially components, is ready to adapt to a 4K display.
May 21, 2014
Apple preps for WWDC 2014 with June 2 keynote announcement, new app for iPhone & iPad
With only a few weeks to go before the 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple on Wednesday released the official schedule for its annual developer event, confirming that it will hold a keynote presentation on Monday, June 2.
The keynote will kick off at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, which is Apple's traditional start time. This year's event is expected to introduce the next-generation versions of its iOS mobile operating system and OS X Mac platform.
In addition, Apple on Wednesday updated its official WWDC application for iPhone and iPad, bringing a cleaner aesthetic in line with its overall iOS 7 design.
Microsoft Surface 3: A Hands-On Impression
Christina Warren, senior tech analyst at Mashable, and Bloomberg's Cory Johnson try out Microsoft's new larger-screen Surface tablet. They speak with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart." (Source: Bloomberg)
Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 tablet will replace your laptop
Microsoft on Tuesday introduced the Surface Pro 3, the company's latest attempt to get consumers to buy into its PC-tablet hybrid concept.
The company says it has designed the one device consumers need to be productive and consume media. The Surface Pro 3 is a full-powered PC that has tablet-like weight and size.
"This is the tablet that can replace your laptop," said Panos Panay, head of Microsoft's Surface division, at an event in New York. "Today we take the conflict away, and I'm absolutely sure of it."
The Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12-inch screen -- about an inch and a half bigger than its Surface Pro 2 predecessor -- and it weighs less than the smallest Apple MacBook Air. At 9.1 mm, it's 14% thinner than the Surface Pro 2 and the thinnest product with an Intel Core chip on the market. The Surface Pro 3 is roughly the thickness of the iPad 2 -- though it's 18% thicker than the iPad Air.
The tablet PC also got a price reduction. It will start at $799, cheaper than the $999 price point for the Surface Pro 2.
May 22, 2014
Microsoft Announces Artist Friendly 12" Surface Pro 3
Big Shiny Robot!
Announced alongside the new 12 inch Surface Pro 3 was the more tablet friendly release of Photoshop from Adobe optimized for touch in the Windows 8.1 environment and made specifically with the Surface Pro 3 in mind. The artist community is slowly spreading the word about the Surface Pro because it is like an 11inch Cintiq on steroids. With a full blown operating system directly on the device and with a touch or type cover the Surface Pro truly becomes the “everything you want it to be” device. I have a first generation Surface Pro and it’s the perfect for on the go programming, infrastructure repairs, gaming, web browsing, writing and drawing. What the first generation device doesn’t do well though is have a great battery life or make itself easy to hold due to its light weight nature. The second gen device fixed the battery problem but failed to fix the weight issue.
The 12 inch Surface Pro 3 will solve many of the complaints made by artists and professionals alike. With a docking station for office work and an improved kickstand that can now move almost flat, the professional and artist will be happy. In addition to those little improvements the battery life is now on par with a typical Android or iOS tablet running on an ARM processor. With the Intel Haswell processor being x86, nearly any piece of software you want to run on a PC will run on the Surface Pro 3 so even though the Windows Store does not have the robust catalog of tablet specific applications that iTunes or Google Play boast, the device is perfectly capable of meeting the needs of users who want to create content as well as consume it.
The Surface Pro 3 is available to pre-order now in several price ranges. The i5 processor flavors are the only ones that will ship in June, for the under-powered economy model with the i3and for the faster i7 processor, early adopters will have to wait until August before they get their hands on a Surface 3.
Either way the base i5 model weighs less than the equivalently equipped 11 inch Macbook Air. With Microsoft and Adobe’s partnership to make the Creative Cloud suite more tablet friendly and the base i5 model’s competitive price point with comparable technology, the Surface Pro 3 is sure to continue to make buzz in the artist and professional community. For Microsoft, that growing interest is a win because as Microsoft is usually the market leader in the professional community, they’ve always had a hard time finding fans in the artistic community
Can New Surface Be a Game-Changer for Microsoft?
Lawrence Lundy, consultant at Frost & Sullivan, examines Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 tablet as it looks to increase their market share against Apple and Amazon. He speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “The Pulse.”
With Surface Pro, Microsoft Is Trying To Recreate The PC Market
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a tweener. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 is designed to be both tablet and laptop, a mobile device and a PC. The Surface Pro 3 has the hardware and most of the capabilities that you'd expect in a PC, but in the form of an elegant 12 inch tablet. If you were to take the Surface Pro 3 at face value, you'd see a pretty darn good computer—assuming, that is, you like Windows 8.
“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” said Panos Panay, Microsoft’s VP of Surface. Or, to paraphrase what one Microsoft employee said to me yesterday, “It is a superior laptop designed to be elegantly mobile.”
Microsoft wants everyone to think the Surface Pro 3 is a tablet, but its pricing gives the game away. Microsoft wants to recreate the lucrative PC market that made the company billions of dollars by repackaging a PC into tablet clothing and then hammering away at the Surface product line until everybody believes that PCs never really went anywhere, they just got a touchscreen and a cellular connection.
Although the price is still a bit high for many, this unit is meant to be a high end device with full capability for corporate users where a premium price of a few hundred dollars is far outweighed by the productivity enhancing ability of this device.
Quick Thought: First Impressions Of The 2-In-1
I wanted to put Microsoft's claim that the Surface Pro 3 could replace my laptop to the test. So, after receiving a review unit from Microsoft, I took the bus back home to Boston from Manhattan and attempted to write this article.
After downloading a free trial of Office 365, I was able to start writing with Microsoft Word while also Skyping with the ReadWrite team via a split screen. The touchscreen app switcher in Windows 8 let me look up information along the way. I downloaded Skitch to format photos and screenshots. But Internet Explorer let me down when it came to loading the piece into our homebrew publishing system, especially where uploading and formatting photos was concerned. Ultimately, I finished it on a MacBook Air with Google Chrome.
After writing the article in Word, I spent the rest of the trip home reading The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta on the Amazon Kindle app for Windows 8. I oscillated between using the kickstand for "lapability" and holding the Surface Pro 3 in my hand. While it may be the lightest Surface Pro ever, it's still heavy if you hold it for long.
Bottom line: the Surface Pro 3 can almost replace my laptop and tablet, but it doesn't quite finish the job
May 23, 2014
Microsoft Surface Pro 3: 8 Winning Features
Has Microsoft finally cracked laptop-tablet hybrids? Here are eight ways Surface Pro 3 raises the bar.
Does the Surface Pro 3 fit your needs? Here are eight of the device's most important new features.
1. A bigger, higher-resolution screen.
Earlier Surfaces' 10.6-inch screens are just a little too cramped for many users' productivity needs, but the Pro 3's 12-inch display should be a different story. The 2160 x 1440-pixel screen offers a slightly denser resolution than its predecessors, and Microsoft VP Panos Panay, said the Pro 3 offers the best contrast ratio in the industry.
2. A more versatile kickstand.
The Surface Pro's kickstand supported only one position and was generally impossible to comfortably use on a lap. The Pro 2's two-step kickstand improved matters but was still flimsy compared to clamshell laptops. For the Pro 3, Microsoft threw down the gauntlet, installing a kickstand that supports a range of positions, facilitating not only better laptop-style use, but also configurations for notebook-style drawing and note-taking.
3. The Surface Pen.
Note-taking and drawing are major appeals because of the new Surface Pen, which can sense 256 distinct levels of pressure. Panay said using the accessory is as intuitive as using pen and paper. Based on limited experience with the device, Forrester analyst Gownder said that the pen seems to live up to this hype. It's not only sensitive, but well-integrated into the OS, he said. If the Pro 3 is asleep, it will wake directly into OneNote as soon as the user touches the pen to the screen. Gownder said this sort of functionality lets users take notes without fumbling through authentication steps and potentially losing the thought. Moreover, notes can be backed up to the cloud with the touch of a button.
HP 7 Plus Tablet Debuts Under $100
Tablet PC Review
HP's newest tablet, the HP 7 Plus, is now available for purchase in the United States at a dirt-cheap price of $99.99.
The tablet is a basic model without any fancy bells and whistles, but customers looking for a bargain buy from a well-known company likely won't find a better price off the shelf.
A majority of Android tablets sold are small, inexpensive devices like this, which are popular in developing countries, and are used in more affluent areas as second and even third computers. HP already offers several of these, but the 7 Plus is the most affordable so far
The HP 7 Plus runs on an 1GHz, quad-core Cortex A7 processor with 1GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, an aging version of Google's operating system that nevertheless gives users access to the Google Play Store.
Its dimensions are 7.6 x 4.8 x 0.32 in. and it weighs in at 0.65 pounds. The 7 Plus is available only in silver.
May 26, 2014
May 27, 2014
Toshiba Announces 2 New Android Tablets The Encore 2 and the Excite Go
- 7-inch Android 4.4-based tablet weighing just 12.5 ounces
- 1024x600 resolution display
- Quad-core Intel Atom processor
- Up to 8 hours of general use or up to 6.5 hours of video playbac
May 29, 2014
Tabitop Allows Consumers to Transform Their iPad Into a PC
Transform Your iPad Into a PC
Tabitop is an iOS-based app that launches your own Windows-based PC right from your tablet. Tabitop runs your favorite PC-compatible software in the cloud, and functions like a fully loaded laptop.
Use your tablet for movies, music and connecting with friends? Now use it to run everything else. Where ever you are in life. Tabitop keeps you moving.
Toshiba Encore 2 – Not the Surface Mini, But a Possible Threat Against Apple's iPad mini
The Toshiba Encore 2, which was announced today, will be offered in 8-inch and 10-inch variants, and the 8-incher will cost only $199, potentially undercutting the iPad mini/iPad mini with Retina Display by packing some solid (if unspectacular) fundamentals at a bargain-basement price. The 10-incher, on the other hand, will be a productivity-oriented device aimed at potential iPad Air buyers. So what can consumers look forward to on these tablets?
The 8-inch Toshiba Encore 2, as mentioned above, won’t come with top-notch fundamentals; rather, the device will be powered by an Intel Atom chipset mated to 1 GB RAM. That’s far less powerful than what one would get on the average Windows tablet. But what it lacks in specifications it makes up in features, as the Encore 2 would allow for third-party apps such as Apple’s own iTunes, while microSD expansion would let owners add more to the 32 GB internal memory that already comes onboard the device. Considering the average midrange tablet comes with 16 GB storage on a base version, 32 GB is already a lot as it is.
Conexant Debuts AudioSmart Software for PCs, Tablets
Next week at Computex 2014, Conexant Systems Inc. will unveil its new Smart Source Pickup (SSP) voice and speech processing software for PCs and tablets. Designed to work with any hardware CODEC, Conexant’s stand-alone AudioSmartTM software provides clear voice quality, eliminates noise from the microphone input signal during VoIP calls and dramatically improves Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system performance.
From conducting a call via Skype at a noisy café to giving verbal commands to your tablet in an airport terminal, Conexant’s AudioSmart software enables a better user experience and makes challenges with background noise and competing sounds, like keystroke noise, a thing of the past.
“Our AudioSmart software solutions make it possible to harness the power of human speech for a dramatically improved user experience when making VoIP calls or using Speech Recognition to control a device,” noted Saleel Awsare, Conexant vice president and general manager. “PCs and tablets are obvious targets for our software, but there are many other applications that can benefit from our audio processing, including handsets, automotive, wearable computing, headsets and more.”
Conexant’s lineup of AudioSmart software solutions for Windows and Android includes:
- PRO: Designed for the modern corporate workforce; includes keystroke/tap noise elimination along with the most advanced far-field VoIP experience and noise-reduced Speech input available
- MAX: Optimized for multimedia and gaming enthusiasts; features improved VoIP for gaming, advanced noise-reduced Speech input, and high performance speaker correction
- Classic: Designed for cost-sensitive markets and near-field use cases; features clear quality for VoIP, noise-reduced Speech input, and basic speaker correction for playback
Conexant’s AudioSmart software has passed stringent testing, with PRO and MAX packages both proven to dramatically exceed performance requirements for Intel and Google ASR. Additionally, all of Conexant’s AudioSmart software solutions are optimized for only two-microphone elements (not three+), and each package offers:
- Flexible microphone placement options for lower system cost and innovative industrial design
- High hit-rate Speech Recognition in challenging scenarios
- Excellent voice quality in noisy environments, independent of device orientation or the user's position (angle) relative to the device
- Equipped with 8GB of internal storage, a Micro USB port and a microSD Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards
- The Excite Go will be available for purchase in early July for $109.99 MSRP
Encore 2 (10-inch and 8-inch tablets)
- Stylish and lightweight tablets optimized for Windows 8.1
- Quad-core Intel Atom processors and up to 2GB of LPDDR3 memory
- 10-hour battery life rating for general usage and up to 8 hours of video playback
- 1280x800 resolution touchscreen displays
- Configured with up to 64GB of storage and also features a Micro SD card slot that enables consumers to extend the storage capacity up to 128GB
- Encore 2 (10-inch):
- .4 inches thin and weighs just 19.75 ounces,
- Micro HDMI port on the 10-inch Encore 2
- Available in early July, starting at $249.99 MSRP
- Encore 2 (8-inch):
- .4 inches thin and weighs a light 14.07 ounces
- Available in early July, starting at $199.99 MSRP
See more at Toshiba.com
Microsoft pushes Windows 8.1 with Bing: Will PC and tablet makers take the bait?
You won't be able to purchase Windows 8.1 with Bing as a standalone operating system to install on your current system. It is only available for OEMs looking to provide something affordable for the general public. From what we understand, Windows 8.1 with Bing will be preloaded on new tablets and PCs, many of which includes a full year subscription of Microsoft Office 365, or a complete version of Office.
"This new edition will only be available preloaded on devices from our hardware partners. Some of these devices, in particular tablets, will also come with Office or a one-year subscription to Office 365.
Toshiba's Dynabook KIRA L93 Convertible Boasts 7 Usage Modes
Toshiba's 13.3” Dynabook KIRA L93 wants to be no ordinary convertible PC. Detaching the keyboard leaves a flap attached to the hinge, allowing the system to operate in any one of a whopping seven different positions
The KIRA L93 is also more powerful and full-featured than many two-in-ones. Beneath the 13.3”, 2560x1440-pixel resolution touchscreen beat an Intel Core i5-4210Y processor, eight gigs of RAM, and a 128GB solid-state drive. 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 are supported, and ports include a pair of full-size USB 3.0 and a micro HDMI output.
Windows 8.1 64-bit runs the show. Artsy types may benefit from the touchscreen's dual-digitizer setup and support for pressure-sensitive input from a digital pen accessory.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 3: A Windows Tablet for Laptop Holdouts
REVIEW: Microsoft's bold move to launch an even bigger Surface is a blessing for Windows users who want a zero-compromise computing experience in a tablet form factor.
Microsoft surprised the tech press on May 20 when instead of revealing the highly anticipated Surface Mini, it debuted an even bigger Surface Pro. Rather than jump into a competitive small tablet market dominated by the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Apple iPad Mini, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant instead decided to take aim at Ultrabooks and the MacBook Air by supersizing its flagship tablet. It's a bold move, and one that makes a compelling case for full-powered, Windows-based slates.
- Reassuringly, the Pro 3 doesn't creak or flex when I apply pressure. At 1.76 pounds, it feels solid without being weighty, making it a breeze to tote around.
One of the biggest changes is the new kickstand. Whereas the Pro 2 sported a dual-position kickstand, the new tablet now features a friction hinge that supports a wider variety of angles. The result is a definite improvement to the Surface Pro's "lapability."
The included Surface Pen stylus provides accurate, responsive pen input. Clicking its top launches OneNote, the company's cloud-enabled note-taking app, even while the device is asleep. It's a handy feature that makes capturing spur-of-the-moment ideas a snap.
May 30, 2014
Does Apple's Large Screen iPhone 6 Spell the End of the iPad?
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
If Apple introduces a phablet-sized iPhone 6, a large portion of its iPad revenue in this region could be diverted to its iPhone business, if the IDC’s projections are correct. Fortunately for Apple, this market shift will not likely negatively impact its bottom line. Apple similarly cannibalized its iPod sales when the iPhone became consumers’ default digital music players and that change seems to have played out well for the Cupertino-based company.
Apple alt a serious blow to the traditional PC market when it unveiled its bestselling iPad product line in 2010. The introduction of cheaper and more portable devices such as Apple’s iPad helped lure consumers away from the traditional PC/laptop market and made Apple the biggest computer device vendor in the world when tablets are included, like market research firm Canalys does in its worldwide PC market calculations. Now, newly released data from market research firm IDC suggests that Apple may similarly help kill off the tablet market with the introduction of its phablet-sized iPhone 6.
“Two major issues are causing the tablet market to slow down,” said IDC program vice president of devices and displays Tom Mainelli. “First, consumers are keeping their tablets, especially higher-cost models from major vendors, far longer than originally anticipated. And when they do buy a new one they are often passing their existing tablet off to another member of the family. Second, the rise of phablets — smartphones with 5.5-inch and larger screens — are causing many people to second-guess tablet purchases as the larger screens on these phones are often adequate for tasks once reserved for tablets.”
Meanwhile, the large screen smartphone market is already gaining momentum even without a phablet option from Apple. According to data from Canalys, smartphones with screens larger than five inches accounted for 34 percent of the total worldwide smartphone market in the first-quarter of 2014. Perhaps even more significantly, the large screen segment of the market grew by 369 percent compared to the year-ago quarter, a growth rate much higher than the 29 percent year-over-year growth rate seen in the overall smartphone market.
Hybrid laptops set to take center stage at Computex
New laptop-tablet hybrid computers and Chromebook laptops running Google Inc’s operating system are set to take center stage at the annual Computex technology fair next week in Taipei, CIMB Securities Ltd said in a research note yesterday.
The two-in-one hybrid devices and the Chromebooks are attracting attention because of Microsoft Corp’s decision to lower the licensing fees for its Windows operating system for partner manufacturers and Google’s intention to penetrate the PC segment, Taipei-based CIMB analysts Wang Wanli and Felix Pan said in the note.
The new notebooks are likely to become new growth drivers in the PC sector in the second half of the year, amid weakening corporate PC replacement demand due to Microsoft ending its support for the Windows XP operating system, they said.
“After Microsoft’s Windows licensing-fee cut, average selling prices for the two-in-one hybrid notebook (US$350) and Android tablets (US$250) with a keyboard are about the same. This makes the hybrid notebook more competitive,” Wang and Pan said. “For consumers who are more familiar with the Windows interface for content creation, it is a good choice.”
The analysts said Chromebooks, which have an average selling price of about US$250, would find adoption in the education and consumer segments in mature markets during the second half this year, thanks to growing support by more top-tier notebook vendors.
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