It can be a challenge for small-to-medium-sized-businesses (SMBs) to pick a mobile platform because the decision involves more than just choosing a device. The new generation of lightweight tablets provides unprecedented mobility for sales people, executives and others, but whether model X integrates with your current infrastructure, is easily managed and offers compatibility with the software you’re already using is another matter.
Most SMBs don’t have big IT staffs or the time and resources to adapt their networks and train staff to support new, incompatible devices. A ready solution comes in the form of Windows 8 tablets favored by a growing [...]
[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 [...]
TabTimes got the chance to go hands-on with the Toughpad 4K UT-MB4, the world’s first 20-inch 4K tablet, at IFA and we were impressed with the staggering 3840 x 2560 IPS display, the powerful Intel Core i5 vPro processor, the ample 256GB of storage and the super precise (but optional) stylus pen.
The good news is that the tablet is finally heading over to U.S. shores and is expected to launch in January 2014. The bad news is that the model starts at $5,999, so expect customers to continue to be big brands like Prada, Ferrari and Lamborghini as they look to jazz up their showrooms.
The tablet, which was announced at IFA back in September, offers an 8-inch 1280 x 800 resolution IPS display, runs Windows 8.1 and comes pre-installed with Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student. It also boasts an Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
In addition, buyers will find dual-facing cameras (8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera), dual microphones and connections for micro HDMI, micro USB and an micro SD card.
"Our competitors chased netbooks," said Cook. "Now they're busy making PCs into tablets and tablets into PCs," he added, in reference to hybrid tablet and what Intel is calling 2-in-1 portables.
"Competitors are confused," he said. "We believe deeply in this category and we're not slowing down on our innovation."
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The $299.99 Dell Venue 8 Pro includes Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013 Home & Student. A compatible Dell Active Stylus costs $34.99.
The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are both Android-based tablets with HD IPS displays and Intel Atom Bay Trail processors. The Venue 7 starts at $149.99, and the Venue 8 at $179.99.
Lenovo’s new small tablet is powered by Intel’s quad-core Bay Trail processor; the more capable and power efficient successor to last year’s Intel Atom chip.
The new $299 Miix 2 comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 and includes the option of a stylus for digital inking on the capacitive display. A 5-megapixel camera sits on the back of the tablet while a 2-megapixel front-facing camera can be used for Skype or other video chat services.
Now he's knocked $50 off that estimate.
Speaking to analysts today following Intel's quarterly earnings release, Krzanich said he expects $99 tablets, $299 Haswell (Intel's latest microprocessor) laptops, and $349 2-in-1 hybrid tablets and laptops.
Last month Intel touted the arrival of Bay Trail, its latest member of the Atom microprocessor family designed for tablets.
Two years ago, Amazon shook up the tablet world when it released its first Kindle Fire tablet for a breakthrough $199 price.
Unnamed sources from “tablet players” told Taiwanese website Digitimes that the new processors are likely to be cheaper than the current models, a sign perhaps that Intel is looking to compete directly with ARM in the low-end market.
The same sources apparently expect the CPUs to be priced between $15 and $20, about $12 than the current models.
In the past, Intel is said to have offered subsidies on its Bay Trail-T processors – including discounts for OEMs on bulk ordering – but prices supposedly remained more expensive than ARM-based quad-core processors from the likes of Nvidia, Qualcomm and Mediatek.
The tablets, with starting prices from $299 to $350, include Dell's Venue 8 Pro, Toshiba's Encore and Asustek's Transformer Book T100.
These new Windows 8.1 tablets are lighter and thinner than the initial batch of Windows 8 tablets that started shipping last year.
Coming a bit later are more expensive and more powerful tablets like the Surface Pro 2 based on Intel's fourth-generation Core processors code-named Haswell that will be positioned more as true notebook replacements.