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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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January 4, 2013

Corning’s new Gorilla Glass set to make tablets tougher than ever before

The glass making giant plans to take the wraps off Gorilla Glass 3 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next week, with these glass panels said to make the touchscreens of both smartphones and tablets stronger and more scratch resistant.

Corning says that Gorilla Glass 3 is three times stronger than its predecessor, Gorilla Glass 2, and is 40% more resistant to scratches and the visibility of these scratches. It is also said to be 50% stronger than before when the display becomes flawed, which presumably means greater longevity for the product.

The previous versions of Gorilla Glass have been used on 975 different devices models, from smartphones and [...]

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December 31, 2012

Lenovo prepping hybrid 11.6-inch Windows 8 tablet for early 2013 launch

FCC filings for the firm’s latest Windows 8 tablet, the ThinkPad Helix, were made public recently and highlight that the model has an 11.6-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) dockable display and that it comes with LTE and WiFi connectivity.

The tablet also comes with an array of Intel Ivy Bridge processor options and is rumored to have a 10 hour battery life, which would be a pleasant surprise given the supposed battery problems Microsoft has had with its own Intel-powered Windows 8 tablet, the Surface Pro.

Lenovo has not disclosed when this model will come to market, although the timing of this news may indicate that the tablet could demo at the Consumer Electronics Show [...]

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November 15, 2012

Massive tablet sales expected over the Black Friday and Christmas period

Reeling off the firm’s latest stats at the CES Unveiled press conference in London, CEA analysts Shawn DuBravac and Steve Koenig explained that while consumer spending on technology goods is expected to stay on par with 2011, tablets will outperform the rest of the market.

“Tablets and smartphones are set to dominate holiday season in the U.S, the UK and throughout Western Europe. These are becoming the predominant devices consumers are turning to when expanding their computing experience,” said DuBravac.

Indeed, figures from the conference were nothing short of eye-opening. The CEA predicted that 32 million tablets will be sold over Q4, almost as many [...]

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July 31, 2012

Samsung reportedly making an 11.8-inch tablet with 2560 x 1600 display

The Verge unearthed the court documents which show that the Samsung tablet – codenamed P10 on a company roadmap – will have a 16:10 aspect ratio and will boast a pixel density of 256 pixels per inch. In contrast, the new iPad's Retina Display has a PPI of 264.

This is not the first time reports have surfaced on a high-resolution Samsung tablet. Back in December of last year, tech website BGR claimed that the Korean conglomerate would show off an 11.6-inch tablet with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 at the Mobile World Congress in Spain in March, but the model never showed up.

Other reports earlier on in 2012 claimed that the tablet had been seen at the [...]

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April 10, 2012

Griffin showcases super tough, military grade iPad cases

Griffin showed off the cases, which can fit the first, second or third-generation iPads, at the UK’s Gadget Show, and said that the cases are now just coming to the UK and European markets. To illustrate just how tough these cases are, the firm also ran a video showing a man throwing and kicking an iPad at every given opportunity.

The new Survivor for iPad cases are available for £54.99 in the UK, and for a pretty hefty $99 in the US, but were promoted by Tony Johnson, Griffin’s head of sales for Europe, as to being ideal for use in schools, and by engineers. The cases are tested and certified to meet or exceed US Department of Defense Standard 810F in order [...]

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February 16, 2012

ViewSonic plans Windows 8 tablet release by June?

ViewSonic has big plans to expand its line of tablets this year including both Windows and Android-based models. But a story in the Taiwan-based publication Digitimes claims the company also plans to sell a tablet running Windows 8 before Microsoft officially releases the completed version of the new operating system. 

“ViewSonic plans to launch Windows 8-based tablet PCs in the Taiwan market in the second quarter of 2012 at the earliest,” says the Digitimes article, quoting Max Liu, product marketing director of ViewSonic Asia Pacific.

But there were not other details in the piece related to Windows 8 except a mention that the new [...]

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February 7, 2012

RIM ramps closer to PlayBook 2.0 rollout with DevCon preview

One of the key features demoed is an update to the BlackBerry Bridge software that links the PlayBook to a users’s BlackBerry smartphone. The site PocketLint reports RIM showed how Bridge 2.0 will let you remote control your PlayBook, so you not only get full navigation from the device, but you'll also be able to use your smartphone keyboard to enter text on your PlayBook. 

The advantage here is is that you can use the PlayBook as a display and use the familiar BlackBerry Bold keyboard to, for example, send out emails. The remote control function also lets you easily demo or share apps on your PlayBook, using the touchscreen on the Bold as a [...]

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January 30, 2012

New rumors emerge on 11.6-inch Samsung tablet

Specific details on the tablet are few and far between at present. German-language website TabTech gives the screen size (not the resolution) and says that the tablet will run Android 4.0, while AndroidAndMe believes that the slate will have a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and the 2GHz Exynos 5250 dual-core ARM chip, which was announced by Samsung late last year.

In fact, the source claimed to have seen a prototype slate with these specifications at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month.

The rumors are almost identical to those as reported by BGR in December. The source said that Samsung would bring an 11.6-inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution tablet with [...]

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January 24, 2012

Report: Ultrabooks are growing 3X faster than tablets

In a new report, the research firm said that tablet shipments would reach 253 million units in 2016, followed by Ultrabooks with 178 million shipped units.

The report suggests that this rise of the Ultrabook could present headaches for manufacturers, who must now carefully align their product strategies so that the two form factors do not end up competing against one another.

"While Intel's control of the brand ensures that Ultrabooks stand out from traditional notebooks, vendors face a balancing act in terms of product strategy,” said Dan Ashdown, lead author of the report.

Other findings from the study include Juniper’s view that Windows 8 [...]

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