[featured][/featured] There was a time a hundred bucks might get you a decent computer accessory like a high end mouse, or speakers, but a full-fledged computer? Unheard of until now.
Recent price breakthroughs in Intel-based tablets and special offers from Microsoft have produced a slew of great tablet deals at $100-$200 for full-fledged Windows 8.1 tablets in the 7- to 8-inch display range.
There are some interesting advantages to these new tablets for businesses and enterprises looking to mobilize their workforce beyond just the low price, though that’s a significant benefit. For example, not only is say a Toshiba Encore Mini WT7 Signature Edition tablet a steal at [...]
Following shortly after Dell announced the Venue Pro tablet and a day on from Lenovo unveiling the Miix 2, Acer introduced its own Windows 8.1 tablet and said that it will start shipping in the U.S. later this month.
As rumored, the Iconia A4 has an improved 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display with wide 170 degree viewing angles and better sunlight readability. It also has Intel’s Bay Trail-based Atom processor (clocked at 1.8GHz), connections for micro USB and micro HDMI, and is lighter than its predecessor, the Iconia W3.
The inclusion of Windows 8.1 adds some other advantages too, most notably the Windows start button and the pre-loaded Microsoft Office Home and [...]
Dutch tech website Bouweenpc.nl got the chance to go hands-on with the device and detailed how the model has, as rumoured, an improved “wide view angle” (probably IPS) 1280 x 800 resolution display, Windows 8.1 and the new 1.33GHz Atom Z3740 processor.
The tablet will reportedly still come with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Acer only launched the Iconia W3 in June but the tablet was slammed for its poor screen, cheap build and weak cameras. Rumors on a successor first came to light in July.
Well-regarded Windows blogger Paul Thurrott posted what appears to be promotional image on WinSuperSite and detailed that the ‘Sirius’ tablet has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS display, the quad-core Qualcomm 8974 processor and a battery life of around 10 hours. The slate will however apparently retail for a pricey $499.
Not content with detailing just one product however, Thurrott went onto reveal information on numerous other new Windows 8 tablets – including a successor to Acer’s Iconia W3, Dell’s new Venue tablets, Microsoft’s new Surface slates and Lenovo’s Miix 8.
In comments that were first reported by The Wall Street Journal, Acer chairman J.T. Wang revealed that smartphones, tablets and Chromebooks are likely to make up 10-12% of the company’s revenue by the end of 2013, before rising rapidly to 30% one year later.
Wang went onto subtly reveal that the company is edging away from Windows 8.
“We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible,” said Wong during the conference call.
“Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets…I also see a new market there for Chromebooks.”
The tablets can now be found at the aforementioned prices on Microsoft Store as well as other retailers like Amazon and Staples, and the deals would seem to indicate that a new model is approaching.
A senior Acer official last month told a German website that the firm was preparing to launch the second-generation tablet in September. Acer spokesman Sterre Swank said that the follow-up model would be a thinner, lighter and would also offer an improved IPS display.
This came as something of a surprise, not least because Acer only launched the Iconia W3 in June. The current Iconia W3 boasts an 8.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, a dual-core Intel Atom 1.8GHz Z2760 [...]
In an interview with All Things D, Shih appeared to rule out the possibility of the firm launching new Windows RT tablets by saying that the Taiwanese firm is instead focusing on building fully-fledged Windows 8 models with Intel chips.
“The result is not very promising,” said Shih on Windows RT, which powered Asus’s own VivoTab RT and Microsoft’s Surface RT.
The Asus chairman, who briefly appeared at the unveiling of Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet last week, said that the firm is now evaluating whether to follow local rival Acer in building an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, although his own preference seems to be for a larger [...]
CITEworld reports that the Netherlands-based PaceBlade Technology started developing a digital flight bag for 8-inch Windows 8 after several fighter pilots asked for their assistance.
The firm’s CTO Erik Cornelisse, who has previously served as a military pilot, said that pilots found the normal iPad to be “too big” and the iPad mini to be too small. They also apparently found that both iOS devices gave them little control over content, and had reservations over data security.
As a result, the firm is now apparently working on a digital flight bag for Acer’s recently-launched Iconia W3, the first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, which will [...]
Citing Taiwan-based supply chain makers, Digitimes writes that Toshiba has placed orders for an entry-level tablet, known as the AT7-A, and says that the model will be released in the third quarter.
This would leave Dell as the only first-tier vendor not to have joined the entry-level 7-inch tablet market, although there has been speculation that that could change in future.
However, despite sub-$200 tablets having come from Acer, Asus, HP and Lenovo in recent times, Digitimes goes onto claim that vendors in this space are struggling to recoup R&D costs, with some even doubting if this hardware-only business model will survive.
“Some brand [...]
Acer spokesman Sterre Swank told German tech website Tweakers.net that a thinner, lighter build will be coming in September, possibly with an improved IPS display. The current model offers a 1280 x 800 resolution screen.
The company has refused to comment publicly on the matter, although presumably a hi-res screen would see the tablet’s price jump up from $380 for the first-generation model, which only launched in June.