Dell claims that the fourth-generation Core processors improve the device’s speed by 1.6 times and battery life by 2.5 hours. The addition of NFC means that users will be able to transfer files by touching their device to other NFC-compatible products.
All of this means that the new XPS 12, which succeeds the original model launched last year, will start from $1,199.
For this, buyers will get an XPS 12 ultrabook with an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD.
Those willing to pay up to $1,399 will get a Core i7-4500U processor and 8GB of RAM, while another $200 bumps memory up to 512GB.
The XPS 12 transforms into a tablet [...]
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 [...]
Coming soon to a tablet near you? Belgium-based SoftKinetic is building what it calls the world’s smallest 3D camera that recognizes gestures.
The camera uses time-of-flight technology, where it maps a room in three dimensions by sending out signals into the space and measures how long it takes them to bounce back.
SoftKinetic showed the tiny camera in an ultrabook computer at the Computex trade show in Taiwan and it’s expected to debut in the second half of 2014.
Intel says it will license technology from SofKinetic, including the Iisu middleware for close-range gesture tracking. The chip giant will include the SoftKinectic technology in [...]
The event is to take place at the Earls Court exhibition center in London on June 20 and will be live streamed on Samsung's YouTube channel from 6pm BST/1pm ET/10am PT.
Location and time aside though and very few details have been released. The promotional poster shows the words “Galaxy” and “Ativ”, which represent Samsung’s Android and Windows 8 devices respectively, while a teaser image hints at some kind a hybrid tablet or Ultrabook.
TabTimes will be reporting live from the event.
Revealing the results from its latest report, the research group predicts that worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments will rise 9% to a staggering 2.4 billion units in 2013 before reaching 2.9 billion units in 2017.
Gartner puts this increase down in part to increasing demand for lower-priced tablets, and claims that their growing capabilities are making desktop PCs redundant in some quarters.
"While there will be some individuals who retain both a personal PC and a tablet, especially those who use either or both for work and play, most will be satisfied with the experience they get from a tablet as their main computing device," said Carolina [...]
The Windows 8 model had been scheduled to launch later this month, only for Lenovo to confirm via its Facebook page that the device is now more likely to debut in the spring.
“Unfortunately we received word that it will be delayed till March or April. More details will be announced soon,” said a company spokesperson, in response to a question on the tablet's availability.
FCC filings for the ThinkPad Helix were discovered at the end of last year, and the model subsequently turned up at International CES in Las Vegas, where Lenovo officials promoted the Helix as a “high performance Ultrabook with a detachable Windows 8 [...]
"The next version of our operating system, Windows 8, will be generally available on October 26, 2012. At that time, we will begin selling the Surface, a series of Microsoft-designed and manufactured hardware devices," said Microsoft in its annual report, which was recently filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Microsoft announced its Surface tablets at an event in Hollywood last month. The tablets will be available in two versions; the ARM-powered Surface will offer 32GB or 64GB of memory, while the Surface Pro is more geared up for business folk, promising Intel's Ivy Bridge processor and 128GB of memory.
Official prices for both slates [...]
The New Jersey university is promising to hand out Windows 8-powered Samsung Series 7 Slates to all new science and honor degree juniors as soon as the new OS arrives in the Fall, while new students on other courses will each get a free Series 5 Ultrabook.
These deployments are all part of Seton’s Mobile Computing initiative, a plan which will also see the university give out Nokia Lumia 900 phones to all incoming freshmen from next year. In addition, the university has teamed up with Microsoft, AT&T and Nokia to offer free voice, text and data plans to students.
Windows 8 is due to launch on October 26, with the first tablets expected around the same time. [...]
“We are tracking more than 20 Windows 8 designs based on our low-power and low-cost Cover Trail Atom SoC (system on chip), in addition to a number of Core-based tablets”, said Otellini, who was speaking during an investor call earlier on in the week. Tech blog Know Your Mobile was the first to report the news.
Otellini also championed the Intel-backed Ultrabook form factor, while also suggesting that some brands are already developing hybrid devices that borrow designs from both tablets and Ultrabooks.
“’We are very pleased with the level of innovation and invention being brought into this category, and are now tracking over 140 Ivy [...]