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.
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, [...]
Following in the footsteps of Toshiba in announcing a Bay Trail tablet, Asus detailed the Transformer Boom T300 as being a convertible model (it comes with a keyboard dock) which features a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 resolution IPS screen, a 1.33Ghz Intel Atom Z3740 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and between 32GB and 64GB of storage.
The tablet also runs the soon-to-launch Windows 8.1, has a 1.2MP camera, Microsoft Office Home & Student and comes with connections for USB, micro SD and micro HDMI. You can also tap into USB 3.0, a keyboard and a touchpad with the tablet dock.
Asus says that the Transformer Book T300 will launch in late October, with the 32GB model to [...]
Speaking to Fierce Wireless recently, Rubinstein expressed his dismay at the fortunes of Palm and webOS, and said that he would never have sold to HP if he knew what was going to happen.
"Talk about a waste," said Rubinstein, who is now on the board at both Amazon and Qualcomm.
"If we had known they were just going to shut it down and never really give it a chance to flourish, what would have been the point of selling the company?"
WebOS was later used for HP's short-lived TouchPad tablet as well as the Palm Pre smartphone. By June 2011, then-HP CEO Leo Apotheker announced that the firm would discontinue the webOS devices, while his [...]
Speaking to The Australian Financial Review recently, chief operating officer (COO) Veghte said that HP has an 18-month roadmap for consumer and enterprise tablets, including the recently-announced ElitePad 900 and Slate 7 models.
“In the tablet space, we are serious about this, we’re not messing around with it,” said Veghte. “Is it an entry? Yes. Have we got a multi-year strategy around the hypothesis? Absolutely.”
The HP COO went onto suggest that the Palo Alto firm designed the ElitePad 900 with the consumer in mind, or at least with the idea that the Windows 8 model needed to be stylish enough to fight off models brought in to work on a [...]
Two anonymous sources with close connections to Meg Whitman’s company told ReadWrite that HP will build Android tablets and possibly even an Android smartphone going forward, news which was also confirmed by The Verge.
The first of these tablets has supposedly been in the works since Thanksgiving of last year and will feature Nvidia’s Tegra 4 chip. Further product details are however “still up in the air”. HP declined to comment on the speculation.
This news will come as a surprise to many in the consumer electronics industry, not least given previous comments from Whitman and HP’s mixed record when it comes to experimenting [...]
AT&T and Asus announced the new Asus VivoTab RT is being offered at AT&T stores with a promo price of $499.99 that, as part of a limited-time holiday promotion, includes several extra features.
For one, the VivoTab RT includes a Mobile Dock with keyboard and additional battery. The VivoTab RT is also a 4G LTE capable, offering a higher speed, connect anywhere option beyond Wi-Fi. AT&T says the VivoTab is the first RT tablet to offer LTE connectivity; Surface, for now at least, is Wi-Fi only.
And like other Windows RT tablets, the VivoTab RT includes Microsoft Office.
At 0.33 inches and a weight of 1.18lbs, the VivoTab RT is one of the lightest, [...]
This news comes about after a leaked memo revealed that HP has created a new Mobility division, which is tasked with making consumer tablets and related devices.
The memo, first discovered by The Verge, sees HP exec Todd Bradley explain that the division will be headed up by Alberto Torres, who previously ran Nokia’s MeeGo operation, and will run independently from HP’s Windows 8 tablets and notebooks divisions.
HP certainly has a chequered history when it comes to tablets, at least in the consumer space. The company acquired Palm and previewed its webOS operating system running on the new TouchPad tablet in February, 2011 followed by its release later that [...]
Speaking at the Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, HP CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that HP would be re-entering the consumer tablet market with a Windows 8 tablet, news which would seem to reiterate previous comments from Whitman that HP would be returning to the growing tablet market, albeit with a Windows 8 model.
However, the more interesting view arguably came from Todd Bradley, HP’s EVP for printing and personal systems. Bradley hinted at some kind of cloud-based technology for HP’s Windows 8 tablets, and said that this technology would enable users to share and store content across a plethora of devices.
HP’s decision to try again with [...]
Neowin claims to have received this information from a ‘trusted source’, and says that at 9.2mm the slate will be slimmer than the iPad, have a battery life of between eight and 10 hours, and will boast Intel’s x86 architecture, in a bid to entice business users. The source adds that the tablet will support touch and digital pen input, feature Computrace security and HP ProtectTools software, and will have some kind of "enterprise level docking".
We’re not overly familiar with Neowin’s reliability with these kinds of rumors, but we would doubt that – if the news were to be true – HP would allow this kind of detailed [...]