Posts with tag tablet
The year of the budget Windows tablet
Microsoft hasn’t had the best of luck with tablets running Windows 8.1 just yet, but that isn’t stopping some manufacturers from trying. Budget manufacturer eFun has come to CES with not one, not two, but three low-spec tablets running Windows 8.1, all of which will run you under $300, thanks in part to Microsoft’s still relatively new Windows 8.1 with Bing version of Windows.
The main differentiator between all of these devices would be, of course, screen size – all three models feature a quad-core Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB to 64GB of internal storage. The cheapest model will run you $229 and features a 10.1 inch display, while one ring up gets you a 11.6 inch display for just $279.
The real deal, however, is the 12.5 inch model at $279. Not only is that on the upper end of tablet display sizes, eFun’s tablet also comes with a full year’s subscription of Microsoft Office 365. That comes with the full suite of Microsoft Office programs, something that many other tablets can’t boast.
But if Windows 8.1 isn’t your thing – and if sales are any indication, it might not be – eFun also has three Android tablets they want to offer you. A slightly smaller 8-inch device ships with bundled LTE support and a Snapdragon processor starting at $129 in a 16GB configuration, or you can upgrade to 32GB of internal storage if you need a little more room for activities. There’s also a 10.1 inch model for $229 with similar specifications, and an 11.6 model for $249 with a boosted 64GB of internal storage. All of the Android tablets feature 1GB of RAM.
Rejoice, for it has almost arrived
Microsoft has been working on a version of their immensely popular Office suite for Apple’s iPad tablet platform for what feels like forever now, however it looks like the wait is almost over. According to sources from within The Verge as well as ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will be launching Office for iPad on March 27th at his first press event as Microsoft CEO in order to introduce his “‘mobile first, cloud first’ strategy” vision for Microsoft.
Microsoft Office for iPad should really come as no surprise at this point. Microsoft has been developing the software for quite some time now, and the company did launch a stripped down version of Microsoft Office Mobile for iPhone and iPod touch that’s roughly on par with the company’s Windows Phone suite a couple of months ago.
Like Office Mobile for iPhone, Office for iPad is expected to require an Office 365 subscription. That said, the suite is expected to include feature robust versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Interestingly, this will mark the first time that the company has produced a version of Office native to a touchscreen; the company’s Office for Windows Store (“Metro”) applications have been delayed until late 2014 or early 2015, meaning that Office’s introduction to the world of touchscreens will arrive not for a Microsoft platform, but rather a competitor.
Microsoft has maintained an iPad version of their OneNote application for quite some time now, an application that has traditionally been part of the Office suite on Windows. Microsoft is also planning on launching a revamped version of their Microsoft Office suite for Mac sometime this year, as a company insider revealed at a conference just last week.
A great deal for a better tablet
The new Nexus 7 is one of the most impressive tablets I’ve ever used, and today’s your big chance to nab one for a whopping $50 off. Today and today alone Woot is offering the new, second generation 16GB Nexus 7 for just $189 – a $40 savings from the retail price – or $219 for the 32GB model, $50 off.
The new Nexus 7 runs Android 4.4 “KitKat”, though without some of the special launcher flourishes found on Google’s other new Nexus device, the Nexus 5. It features an extraordinarily high resolution display akin to that on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and one that is mostly superior to the iPad mini with Retina Display.
There’s a limited supply of these things available, so if you’re interested you’ll want to run over to Woot and grab yours now. Better act fast.
No, there are no typos in that title
Just like we predicted yesterday, Samsung has gone ahead and made their new Galaxy NotePro and the Galaxy TabPro tablet lineups official. Essentially, Samsung has heard all the rumors that Apple is working on that iPad Pro 12″ tablet and decided to go ahead and beat Apple to the punch. Both the Note and the Tab lineups are similar, running Samsung’s big new “professional” Android skin dubbed Magazine UI, which tries its hardest to emulate Microsoft’s Windows 8 “Metro” design language.
To make things even more confusing, both the NotePro and the TabPro come in a 12-inch size, which to me seems unwieldy and large for a tablet of this sort. Both tablets have the same exact ultra-fast but unspecified processors, 2GB of RAM, and up to 64GB of storage – and largely the same design – but the TabPro lacks the NotePro’s S Pen pen input support, which works the same here as it does on Samsung’s other Note devices.
The TabPro meanwhile will also come in two other screen sizes on top of the 12-inch size, including an 8.4-inch sized tablet and a 10.1-inch sized tablet. They all work exactly the same and feature the same 2560 x 1600 pixel displays and Android 4.4 KitKat operating systems. In a weird way, that actually means the 8.4-inch version has the better of the screens in at least one way, featuring the screen with the most impressive pixel density.
Samsung has yet to announce real pricing and availability dates as of yet beyond a simple “this quarter” release estimate. All in all, some fairly average – but large – Galaxy tablets that make welcome, but perhaps unnecessary, additions to the Samsung Galaxy lineup. Maybe the mystical iPad Pro will provide us with more reason to exist.
Source: The Verge
Feel the pressure
It’s not every day a personal computer manufacturer can introduce a tablet that’s unique enough to actually make any significant waves, but that’s exactly what Asus has done in their lead up to CES today with the new VivoTab Note 8. All in all, this is a fairly standard machine with fairly standard specifications – Windows 8.1, an Intel Atom inside, 2GB of RAM, a meh sounding 1280 x 800 display – but the kicker here is a built in Wacom touch panel.
That means that, unlike other capacitive tablets with stylus support, the Asus VivoTab Note 8 will allow you to manipulate the tablet with a stylus with full pressure sensitivity support. That makes this an obvious companion for the likes of OneNote, Evernote, and drawing applications. And because this is an x86 based tablet, and not an ARM one, you have the full catalogue of “classic” Windows applications at your disposal – not just the new fangled Windows Store apps.
The Asus VivoTab Note 8 will be available this year with 32GB of storage for $299 – combatting both the iPad mini and the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 in pricing. Or, if 32GB of storage isn’t enough for you, you can upgrade to 64GB for just $349 – not too shabby.
...on a two-year contract
Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet is launching next week on November 22nd – the same date as the Xbox One launch and the Lumia 1520 release – and will be showing up first on AT&T for the cost of $399 on the usual two-year contract. Interestingly, there’s still been no word on when the 2520 would be coming to Verizon.
The 2520 is Nokia’s attempt at a Windows RT tablet and features an 8,000mAh battery, LTE and a 1080p screen amongst other things, thus giving the Microsoft Surface RT a run for its money. It does, however, only come in a meager 32GB option; you’ll be hard-pressed for space with this tablet.
A little bit more info
Verizon’s press release on the new Ellipsis 7 tablet wasn’t very descriptive of the stuff inside but since today is the 7th, it’s now available and the spec listing has been posted. Let’s take a look at what’s inside the Ellipsis, shall we?
It’s a simple black slab that measures out to be 7.72 x 4.92″, is less than half an inch thick (0.4″) and weighs in at 12.7 ounces. The screen itself is HD, but it’s not 1080p – it’s only a 16:10 1280×800 IPS LCD. Inside that plastic comes more of the inner workings: it’s got a 1.2GHz “Quad-core CPU” (Verizon did not say which chip it’s based on), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage and support for 32GB MicroSD cards. The cameras are very much meh: only a 3.2 megapixel back camera and a 1.3 megapixel VGA front-facing camera. Verizon says that it will do 1080p video, but only at a very choppy 12 frames per second. Finally, it comes preloaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
This is certainly a budget tablet and it almost has a price to match. Up front, you’ll be paying $150 for this tablet but you will be paying for it on a two-year contract meaning it will be much more expensive in the long run when compared to a Nexus 7 or a Kindle Fire HDX.
Meet the Ellipsis 7
Sporting a name that perhaps doesn’t immediately roll of the tongue, Verizon has a tablet coming that’s priced to compete with other budget tablets like the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HDX. It’s called the Ellipsis 7 and like its name suggests, it’s a 7″ tablet.
Verizon was quiet about the specs inside the Ellipsis 7, only saying that it has an “HD screen”, a front-facing camera and LTE support. On the software side of things, it’s powered by Android Jelly Bean and comes with access to Redbox Instant. Pricing is set at $250 on what we assume will be a two-year contract making it more expensive than the competition in the long run. The only other thing we know right now about the Ellipsis is the launch date, which, perhaps fittingly, is November 7th.
High volume, or low demand?
Good news, iPad fans – the iPad Air is now on sale! Yes, that means you can run down to your local Apple Store, slam $500 (or more if you want to get a higher capacity version, which you really should) down on the counter, and walk out with your very own fifth-generation full sized iPad. And I mean it, too – because according to some early reports, Apple Stores don’t appear to really be all that flooded with consumers just begging to get their hands on one. We had heard that Apple would have extraordinarily ample stock of the iPad Air available for just about everyone who wanted one today, but the lack of interest seems almost starling.
We’ve scoured Twitter for some first hand iPad Air launch experiences, and many of them have confirmed what we’ve suspected – there just doesn’t seem to really be anyone lining up to get ahold of one of these things. Joe Hewitt, programmer and designer on Twitter, tweeted his experiences earlier this morning:
Apple Store was a ghost town when I picked up the iPad Air. Something really has changed for Apple. Sad… @joehewitt
Far from being alone in that experience, with TechPops developer Paul Roberts writing:
.@joehewitt I saw the same thing in Northern VA – hopefully people are waiting for the iPad Mini Retina @pauljrob
Of course, Paul could have hit on something – last year, Apple released both the fourth-generation iPad as well as the iPad mini – an entirely new product – on the same day, which would have of course led to increased excitement over the launch. This year, Apple has separated the two launch dates by almost a month, with the iPad mini with Retina Display not expected to launch until late November – likely November 21st.
Also of interest, reports from popular teardown blog iFixIt has confirmed that the iPad Air is running a beefier version of Apple’s A7 chip that was introduced in the iPhone 5s last month. While the iPhone 5s runs at 1.3 GHz, the iPad Air runs at 1.4 GHz – a 100 MHz difference. The iPad version of the A7 is seen with a silver body, seen above, while the iPhone version carries a black body.
Have an interesting launch day story to tell us? Let us know in the comments – we’d love to hear from you!
Three weeks to go
Good news and bad news. Good news, for you Apple diehards? The iPad Air, the long awaited successor to the full-sized fourth-generation iPad and the first redesign the product has seen since 2010, hits stores tomorrow! So that’s exciting. The bad news? The iPad mini with Retina Display, the second-generation iPad mini announced alongside the iPad Air, still has no concrete release date. Boo! But wait, hold up, because according to a trustworthy source alongside a product listing posted on Target.com, Apple is currently planning on releasing the long awaited iPad mini equipped with a Retina Display on November 21st – just three weeks away.
Of course, none of this is confirmed until Apple says it is – we all know the nature of Apple leaks, and how this little seemingly trustworthy tidbit of information could easily go one way or the other. But at the moment, things seem pretty concrete – concrete enough that I’m willing to plan my November 21st around the iPad mini.
Get it at the Play Store
In the market for a fancy new tablet, but can’t live without all that LTE cellular goodness? A.) We don’t blame you, and B.) We’ve got some good news. Google has just begun selling their new, second generation, 2013 Nexus 7 tablet- you know, the one with the beautiful high DPI 7″ display that I fell in love with, with 4G LTE capabilities.
$329 gets you a Nexus 7 with 32 GB of storage and 4G LTE capabilities that reportedly function okeydokey on both AT&T and T-Mobile. Right now would be Nexus 7 owners will have to go through Google’s Play Store to get their hands on one, however if you wait just a bit longer you’ll be able to snag yours in T-Mobile stores across the country.
What are you waiting for? Get your Nexus 7 now at the source link below.
Source: Google Play
Microsoft's second at bat
It’s no secret at this point that Microsoft hasn’t had an easy go around with their current Surface lineup, but Microsoft is hoping that their next generation of tablets will be the start of some good luck. Popular tech blog The Verge has heard that Microsoft will be holding their second generation Surface unveiling event on September 23rd – just about two weeks from now.
We’re expecting big things from Microsoft this time, though expect iteration over revolution. Microsoft’s new Surfaces are said to be remarkably similar to their current generation Surface lineup, with the Surface RT getting a nice boost to an NVidia Tegera 4 SoC, which should provide a dramatic performance improvement over the current Surface RT.
Meanwhile, the Surface Pro will be getting an upgrade that it desperately needed in the form of an Intel Haswell processor. This should alleviate the biggest issues people have had with this Surface – poor battery life and heat issues, not to mention it’s fairly massive heft.
No matter what Microsoft has in store for their next generation Surface lineup, we’ll be here covering it all as it happens. You, me, Microsoft, September 23rd. We’ll see you there.
Source: The Verge