[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 [...]
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.
The new tablets are called the Excite Pure, Excite Pro and Excite Write and share the same core design – a 10-inch screen, a plastic chassis and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.
There are bigger differences when it comes to the price and other specs, however. The $299 Excite Pure is Toshiba's attempt at a budget Android tablet and has Nvidia’s Tegra 3 system-on-chip, a 1280 x 800 resolution display (with Gorilla Glass 1) and 16GB of storage.
The premium Excite Pro tablet is due to arrive next month for $499, but boasts some impressive specs, including the Tegra 4 chip, 32GB of storage, an 8MB rear camera, Harman Kardon sound and a 2560 [...]
The tablet is to launch in Q2 with a 11.6-inch Full HD anti-glare screen, the “latest Intel Core processor” and an SSD drive which – as well as being less susceptible to damage – is promoted as being “perfect for those long-haul business trips”.
Indeed, Toshiba hasn’t exactly been shy in playing up the device’s business features.
The model boasts Intel anti-theft software, the Trusted Platform Module (TPM v1.2), and a handy digitizer pen on certain models. There’s a useful collection of inputs for USB 3.0, HDMI and an SD card, while an optional docking cradle could allow users to connect to a bigger display. [...]
Developed by the Instituto Tecnológico Hotelero (ITH), in collaboration with international design studio SerranoBrothers, the futuristic hotel room, called the "ITH Room Xperience" was on display at the Fiturtech International Tourism Trade Fair in Spain.
A report by Australia’s News.com.au says tourists can upload their own photos to the walls of the hotel, choose a theme to get to sleep and browse the weather by using their fingers to tap that info.
If you were staying at this imaginary concept hotel for work, you’d be able to see your calendar appointments on the floor next to the bed; or pay your bill at checkout time by with a few taps [...]
The Archos FamilyPad model was spotted in an FCC filing earlier today and features a 13.3-inch display, a 1.5GHz processor, 8/16GB of internal storage, an SD card slot and two USB ports. There is also a front-facing camera.
Further specification and availability details are unavailable at this time, although we assume that the model will natively run Ice Cream Sandwich and will launch in the U.S. and Europe.
Tablet screen sizes have largely been confined to 7, 9 and 10-inches, although smaller and larger models have started to appear in more recent times.
Samsung and LG have both launched 'phablets' with 5-inch displays, while Samsung and Toshiba are [...]
The prices are a little steeper if you want more storage, with the 32GB tablet available for $530, and the 64GB variety a rather hefty $650.
In terms of other specifications, the Excite 10 boasts a Tegra 3 system-on-chip (SoC) CPU, runs Google’s latest operating system – Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), supports WiFi connectivity and has inputs for a full-sized SD card, a micro SD slot and micro HDMI interface. According to the Toshiba specifications sheet, the tablet also comes pre-loaded with some useful business applications, including Kaspersky Tablet Security and Quickoffice.
The Excite tablet is now available directly from Toshiba, and from Amazon. [...]
The range of sizes includes devices with new thin and light designs with aluminum shells, as well as Corning’s Gorilla Glass displays designed for durabilty and quad-core processors.
Toshiba also said the three tablets, the Excite 10, Excite 13 and Excite 7.7, will come preloaded with Android 4.0, the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.
“One size does not fit all, so we are carefully considering how and where people are using tablets and designing form factors to best suit various needs,” said Carl Pinto, VP of product development a Toshiba America Information Systems.
German technology site Technofokus was first to uncover Toshiba's monstrous 13.3 inch AT330 tablet, which features Nvidia's quad-coore Tegra 3 CPU, a 5MP rear camera, and a 1.3MP front-facing camera, as well as slots for SIM, full-size SD cards, and an HDMI port.
The real surprise, however, is that the Ice Cream Sandwich tablet also features a TV tuner and an retractable TV antenna that slides out of the device.
Toshiba has yet to release pricing for the new tablet.
Toshiba did not announce the names or specifications of the aforementioned products, but did reveal that the reference OLED tablet will be water proof and will feature wireless charging capabilities. The announcement also detailed that Toshiba would unveil 13.3-inch Ultrabook and a 55-inch QFHD resolution (3840×2160) glasses-free 3D TV.
Toshiba unveiled the Thrive tablet at last year's show, and also introduced a prototype glasses-free 3D TV.