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November 5, 2013

Apple and Samsung are putting the finishing touches to giant new tablets

In the past, the likes of Wall Street Journal and others have claimed that both Apple and Samsung are working on 12-inch and 13-inch tablets with a view to bringing them to market in 2014, and that speculation has now ramped up a notch following the latest news on the grapevine.

Citing unidentified sources, Chinese media report that Apple may already be testing the much-rumored 12.9-inch iPad with partner Foxconn, although this is not in itself an unusual practise. After all, Apple regularly tests numerous different display sizes and doesn’t bring of all them to market.

(Worth reading: Samsung and Apple set to go head-to-head with giant tablets & Looks [...]

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August 21, 2013

Motorola forced to drop Xoom brand for future tablets

The American Lawyer reports that the two companies have come to a confidential agreement which will see Motorola “eventually phase out” its Xoom tablet brand.

Motorola first introduced the Xoom brand to the world at CES in 2010 where it announced the first Xoom tablet, a 10-inch slate running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb). This was the first Android operating system optimized for tablets.

The firm subsequently released the Xoom 2 and Xoom X Media Edition in late 2011 but has not yet returned to the tablet market.

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July 10, 2013

OLPC’s affordable education tablet is heading to Walmart stores next week

In a recent blog post, the company said that the hybrid XO Tablet will launch at Walmart on July 16 before coming to other retailers in the U.S., Europe and in North and South America at a later date.

OLPC’s mission is to get affordable tablets in the hands of young children in developing countries, but that program has been somewhat stunted by delays in the past.

Prototype models turned up at CES 2011 and 2012 but, on announcing the latest model at this year’s show, there was at least the promise that an OLPC tablet would at last reach retailers later on in 2013.

The XO Tablet is believed to have a 7-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, 8GB of memory, [...]

 
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July 4, 2013

5 innovative tablets you’ve probably never heard of – but should

Qooq tablet gives chefs food for thought

It should come to little surprise that a French company launched a cooking tablet. The French do, after all, love their food.

Qooq unveiled the waterproof dual-core Linux tablet over a year ago at CES and promised at the time that it would be perfect for the kitchen environment.

It certainly cooks up a feast when it comes to the specifications. The QooQ tablet has a 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, is Wi-Fi-only and has connections for USB, Ethernet and an SD card slot. The device comes with 8GB of flash memory and a kick-back stand, and is also said to be drop-resistant.

Now available in the U.S. starting from [...]

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June 26, 2013

Is this the most aggressive tablet forecast ever?

Tablets will account for about 80% of all computers sold by 2016, according to an article at the site Twice, quoting CEA researchers. The CEA is the group behind the giant CES consumer electronics show. 

A big part of tablet’s growth will come at the expense of PC sales as well as lower  cost tablet models. Jack Cutts, CEA’s business intelligence senior manager, said he expects $99 tablets to be available for this holiday shopping season. 

The desktop replacement cycle is also much slower than it is for tablets. An article in Dealerscope on the CEA event says the majority of consumers replace their desktops every 4.5 years and notebooks about [...]

 
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May 21, 2013

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix tablet is now on sale…but it doesn’t come cheap

The company confirmed the news on Twitter and via email and also updated the ThinkPad Helix product page with price and reseller details.  

FCC filings for the ThinkPad Helix were logged in December of last year and the tablet subsequently appeared at CES a month later.

Despite this, the tablet — which boasts an 11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) dock-able display, up to 256GB of SSD memory and a choice of Ivy Bridge processors — has since been struck down by numerous delays.

The tablet did eventually start shipping to pre-order buyers in April, although it was also reported that some buyers had managed to pick up the Windows 8 [...]

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May 1, 2013

Sony’s super skinny Android tablet is heading to retail stores

The Android 4.1 tablet starts at $499.99 for the 16GB model (available in black) and has a number of unique features, in addition to the 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display and quad-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU.

The tablet’s “Reality Display” is designed to be capable of sharper, more vivid images than Sony’s previous tablets, while it can also withstand dust and be submerged in up to three feet of water for 30 minutes. The model’s 'One Touch' feature enables users to transfer content wirelessly to NFC-compatible smartphones or speakers.

The hardware design is also rather ground-breaking. At 0.27-inches thick, the [...]

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April 25, 2013

New Seton Hall University students will get Lenovo ThinkPad Helix tablets

Seton Hall University has deployed a variety of iPads and Windows 8 tablets over the years but has now announced that new undergraduates, freshmen, transfers and juniors (except those in the Mac program) would receive the Lenovo ThinkPad Helix as part of its Mobile Computing 2013 program.

Although the education establishment considered a number of different devices, it was decided that the ThinkPad Helix was the best, largely because it could operate as a conventional Ultrabook or as a tablet when the screen was detached.

While the first Helixes are heading in the direction of Seton Hall University, there is little to suggest that the convertible Windows 8 tablet is any [...]

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April 16, 2013

Google chairman Eric Schmidt hints at Motorola phablet

Schmidt was speaking at the D: Dive into Mobile event in New York today, where he hinted that a Motorola phablet could be in the offing sooner rather than later.

“They have a new set of products, which are phenomenal,” Schmidt told AllThingsD writers Ina Fried and Liz Gannes. “Very, very impressive.”

Prompted further on what these devices could be, Schmidt wasn’t giving much away, although his answer would perhaps suggest Motorola is working on a phablet to challenge Samsung’s Galaxy Note.

“Think of it as phones-plus,” replied the Google chairman.

Prior to Google’s $12.5 billion takeover in May last [...]

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March 26, 2013

Lenovo’s delayed convertible ThinkPad Helix tablet is set to launch next month

Lenovo revealed the news on its Twitter account, but detailed that the vague launch date is only applicable to the US market. Overseas buyers have been advised to "inquire elsewhere depending on where you live".

It is worth noting that this availability could be subject to change, judging by Lenovo’s recent shipping date estimates.

The firm has, after all, already delayed the ThinkPad Helix once, while there have been multiple delays for another of Lenovo's Windows 8 tablets — the ThinkPad 2.

The ThinkPad maker announced the 11.6-inch ThinkPad Helix at International CES at the turn of the year, an event which saw company officials [...]

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