[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 [...]
In comments first reported by Business Insider, Whitman appeared angered by Microsoft’s decisions to launch the Surface tablets and to bail out competitor Dell, and also inferred frustration at the collapse of the once-dominant Wintel partnership.
“HP’s traditional highly profitable markets face significant disruption,” said Whitman, who saw HP take an 11% hit in the PC business in August.
“Wintel devices are being challenged by ARM-based devices. We are seeing profound changes in the competitive landscape. Current partners like Intel and Microsoft are turning from partners to outright competitors.”
Whitman says that HP now has [...]
After all, we've seen this movie before – HP Touchpad anyone?
But in the case of the ARM-based Surface, Microsoft keeps insisting it's in it for the long haul.
And while tablets are old hat to readers of TabTimes, a lot of companies haven't done any large scale tablet deployments yet, and Microsoft thinks they'll be looking to the ARM-based Surface RT (old) or Surface 2 (new) as their first line-of-business tablet.
Microsoft touted the inclusion of a special version of Office with the Surface RT, but the fact that it couldn't run any other legacy Windows apps hurt it.
Now Microsoft is pushing other advantages. For example, [...]
The company announced the HP Slate 7 Extreme, the Slate 8 Pro, the Omni 10 Slate, the Slate 7 HD and Slate the 10 HD on Wednesday as well as its latest convertible models. As if that wasn't enough, the firm also unveiled the innovative HP Envy Leap 17 Leap Motion Special Edition notebook, which lets you control apps with hand and finger movements in the air.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the five new tablets and two hybrids. The tablets are expected to debut in November, with price details still to be confirmed:
Of all the new tablets, HP’s Slate 7 Extreme is arguably the most interesting as it is a rebrand of Nvidia’s Tegra Note, a white-label model [...]
The files show a drawing of what looks to be the rear of a tablet. The slate has a HP logo on the center, the name “Omni 10” underneath and “HP Slate” written on the label.
The documents also detail that the device has 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth, a rear-facing camera, a headphone jack and volume buttons.
It is not yet known if this machine will run Windows 8 or Android, although reports have indicated that HP is trying to lessen its dependence on Windows 8, which powers the firm’s Envy x2 and ElitePad tablets.
Hybrid sales have fallen short of expectations for any number of reasons. One is the growing popularity of tablets as a less expensive alternative. And while hybrid notebooks include a touchscreen, the systems are heavier and bulkier than tablets and don’t offer the same portability.
(Some, like the HP Envy x2, offer a detachable screen that can function like a tablet with its own internal battery).
Merlin Kister, a brand manager for Intel, told All Things D that one of the reasons hybrid notebooks aren’t selling as well as expected at retail is that would be buyers don’t get to see all they can do.
That’s because the hybrids look [...]
Benchmark results recently showed up at GFXBench, with these revealing a HP device with a high-resolution 1600 x 1200 display, an Nvidia Tegra 4 ARM Cortex A-15 processor and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
The results have subsequently been removed from the website although the folks at Notebook Italia and The Droid Guy managed to grab screenshots.
HP recently returned to the Android tablet market with the low-end Slate 7 and the hybrid Slatebook X2.
Two months on from announcing the SlateBook x2 and HP is now listing the 10-inch convertible Android tablet on its sales website.
HP has since confirmed that the device is now available and is shipping to online customers, although the official launch date of August 2013 would suggest that retail stores may have to wait a week for the Android tablet to arrive.
The SlateBook x2 costs $479.99 including a keyboard dock, and boasts some impressive specifications.
The slate has a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution display, a quad-core Tegra 4 processor, a 16GB solid-state drive and 2GB of system memory. It runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
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 [...]
Gartner and IDC both released their quarterly reports on the PC market today, and the results aren't pretty if you're a computer vendor.
Gartner claims that worldwide PC shipments dropped to just 76 million units in Q2, which was not only a 10.9% year-on-year decrease from last year but which was also the fifth consecutive quarter of declining PC shipments, the longest in history.
IDC had a similarly stark view of the market and reported that worldwide PC shipments topped 75.6 million units in Q2, which was down 11.4% on results from the year before.
But whereas this researcher is keen to apportion the blame to slow demand for touch-based Windows 8 [...]