[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 [...]
IDC estimates Apple shipped 14.1 million iPads in Q3, down from 14.6 million in the same quarter a year ago. Apples share of the tablet market has also tumbled from 40.2% a year ago to what IDC says is 29.6% today.
Meanwhile, Samsung came in second on the vendor score sheet with 20.4% of the global market having shipped approximately 9.7 million units during the quarter. Nexus 7-maker ASUS grabbed 7.4% of the pie with 3.5 million units.
See all market share figures in TabTimes' The State of the Tablet Market
A recent report out of Korea says Google is set to choose between three possibly Nexus 7 3 manufacturers – HTC, LG and the company behind the last two Nexus 7 tablets, Asus.
The report says Google is likely to decide by December.
The XPS 10 Web page lists models of the tablet as being “unavailable,” and points users to the Latitude 10 tablet, which runs Windows 8 and has an Intel Atom processor.
While Lenovo, Asus and Samsung have announced new Windows 8.1 hybrids with Intel chips, none of them have said they plan to relaunch an RT product based on an ARM processor.
Following in the footsteps of Toshiba in announcing a Bay Trail tablet, Asus detailed the Transformer Boom T300 as being a convertible model (it comes with a keyboard dock) which features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS screen, a 1.33Ghz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and between 32GB and 64GB of storage.
The tablet also runs the soon-to-launch Windows 8.1, has a 1.2MP camera, Microsoft Office Home & Student and comes with connections for USB, micro SD and micro HDMI. You can also tap into USB 3.0, a keyboard and a touchpad with the tablet dock.
Asus says that the Transformer Book T300 will launch in late October, with the 32GB model to [...]
The Taiwanese firm this week sent out press invites to the event, which will be hosted by CEO Jerry Shen, and said that the launch will be for “the new PadFone Infinity”.
The company has since released a very short – and amusing – video on the new product, but has stopped short of detailing any specs.
The original PadFone Infinity was released in February and comprises a 5-inch inch Android smartphone and an optional 10-inch tablet which can dock the smartphone to take advantage of the bigger screen and better battery life.
Announcing the news on its Facebook page on Saturday, the company teased a picture of the tablet with the slogan ‘We Transform Your Mobility’, something which would seemingly indicate a smaller 7-inch or 8-inch device.
It could well be that the new model is the new Transformer Pad Infinity, which debuted at Computex in June.
The tablet has a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600 resolution IPS display, the Tegra 4 system-on-chip, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, while there are connections for HDMI, USB 3.0 and a SD card slot.
The device appeared at the FCC towards the end of last week and is reportedly to launch in the U.S. this fall.
Shen said that the company would still offer tablets that use Windows 8, like the Asus VivoTab Smart, but focus on devices powered by Intel instead of ARM.
In its last quarter, Microsoft reported it had to write-down $900 million in unsold Surface RT inventory. Since then, it's increased promotion for the Surface RT and dropped the price from $499 to $349.
Shen told the WSJ that Asus also took a writedown on its Windows RT tablets in the second quarter, but he didn't give a figure as to how much.
Citing sources in Taiwan’s supply chain, Digitimes reports that Google will ship 3.5 million new Nexus 7 tablets in the remaining four months of 2013, a healthy number considering total Nexus 7 shipments have apparently only reached six million since the original model launched last July.
However, it may well be that the Nexus 7’s progress will be checked by the Chinese market and Asus, which co-built both Nexus 7 tablets.
Google quit the Chinese market back in 2010 after failing to comply with the country’s Internet policies, and it looks unlikely that the search giant will be able to convince the Chinese government to allow the device to enter the [...]
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 [...]