Intel is all set to release its most powerful mobile chip to date “Bay Trail” quad-core SoC this fall, and the company has already made big promises with its next generation chips like $200 Windows 8 tablets. According to Zauba’s shipping documents, the first Samsung tablet to use this beastly chipset is shipped for testing with the reference number FTXI02W0000026 which is common for all Bay Trail devices.
Unfortunately Windows RT (Microsoft’s new operating system developed specially for tablets with ARM chips) is not getting much success. Sales have not been up to mark and pretty disappointing so far. A number of large companies have completely decided to abandon the sales and either move to full version of Windows 8 or Android.
Rumors are in the air that Nokia shall be soon announcing a Windows 8 tablet followed by Nokia Lumia Phablet in September and November respectively. It is believed that if the anonymous email tip sent to Nokiapoweruser turns out to be true, we will definitely get to see these new gadgets soon.
I would have to say one of the products I was most impressed by this January at CES was Lenovo’s 27-inch Tablet / All-in-One PC. Wait, why I am I calling it a tablet? Well because it is, unlike most larger all-in-one’s it actually has a battery so it does not need to be connected to power at all times. Being that it is a tablet the stand allows it to easily be put down flat for a full tablet-top tablet experience. Don’t worry though the Horizon is still made for getting work done too. It is packed with an Intel Core i7-3537U, NVIDIA GeForce GT620M, 8 GB of DDR3 memory, 1TB hard drive, 720p webcam, 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. Of course the unit is also one large 27-inch 1080p display! This is a product that can act as a simple work machine, family computer or even a touch-gaming device. Let’s check it out!
In order to meet the requirements of the users who are looking for a low budget tablets in the market, Microsoft’s Surface Mini is just the right addition to the Microsoft’s portfolio to help capture the lower market price point. It is expected that Microsoft Surface Mini Tablet will arrive in last quarter of the year. Supposedly the price of this tablet would be $299/€230 though Microsoft is still negotiating the price with 2-3 Taiwanese ODM producers about the device. It is just waiting for a right price to be offered.
One of the Japanese companies called Systena announced the first Tizen-based tablet which is apparently the first Tizen product of any kind. The Tizen based operating system is basically a Web Kit runtime running on Linux Kernel and was build up with some important players like Intel, samsung and Linux foundation. Samsung has the license to the source developer kit (SDK) of Tizen 2.0. The device runs Tizen 2.0 Mangnolia operating system but is expected to get Tizen 2.1 at the time of launch for consumers.
Lenovo will not be limited to quirky form factors, rather company is going to burst the market with its latest innovation, the Lenovo Miix – 10 inch Widows 8 Tablet that does have a “quick flip” removable folio case which doubles like an Accu-Type keyboard.
Good news for Samsung Tablet users. Recently at the Samsung Premiere 2103 in London the giant Korean company unveiled its convertible, dual boot tablet capable of running both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean called the ATIV Q. Samsung had already planned to launch a notebook display in the market which resolution was expected to be better than the Apple Retina services. Well for the curious, ATIV Q is exactly using the same display, boasting a 3200×1800 qHD+ screen resolution.
Everybody is well aware with the fact that Google will launch a refreshed Nexus 7 and even this time the manufacturer is going to be ASUS. Latest leaked reports say that the new Nexus 7 will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset competing Nvidia’s Tegra SoC, so everything is faster now. We cannot compare the screen resolution with the Apple’s retina moniker, therefore having a display of 1280 by 800.
There are quite a few different form factors when it comes to today’s computing needs. You have laptops, smartphones and tablets. While many companies offer those types of devices companies like Lenovo have come up with devices like the Yoga which is a sleek convertible. Well it looks like Dell is getting into the convertible mix with the XPS 11 Convertible.