As the International CES kicks off for 2013 many, many product launches are ensuing. Vizio is jumping into the Windows 8 tablet waters, which, is sure to be a hot trend this year.
Vizio’s tablet, a 11.6-inch slate packing a 1080 display, is possibly the first powered by AMD. Vizio is packing in the dual-core AMD Z60 “Hondo” while the Intel Atom Clover Trail CPUs are prevalent in other Windows 8 slates.
The Vizio tablet has pretty standard specs otherwise, including 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI and micro-USB ports. Vizio hasn’t announced pricing or availability, but hopefully we’ll see some demos at CES.
B&H has the ASUS Transformer Pad priced for $349.95 for a limited time while supplies last. Head over to B&H for the deal.
Microsoft’s Surface is finally out and reviews are a mixed bag thus far. I headed down to the Microsoft store in Times Square (where I had to wait in line just to get in) to check them out. [click to continue…]
Now that the iPhone 5 is out, it looks like the next big thing from Apple will be the 7.8-inch iPad Mini, which is believed to be due next month. [click to continue…]
Amazon has launched the new Kindle Fire HD – now available with an 8.9″ display or a 7″ display. Additionally, the 8.9″ model is available with a 4G LTE wireless package that costs $49.99 for a year of service – although you’re limited to 250MB per month of bandwidth. [click to continue…]
Samsung has revealed the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, first introduced at Mobile World Congress in February, will be available globally this month.
The new Note tablet will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 1.4-GHz quad-core processor, carrying 2GB of RAM. The 10.1 inch 1,280×800-pixel display has a multiscreen feature that lets you work in two apps simultaneously. The new Note tablet also sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as a 1.9-megapixel front-facing one and a micro SD card expansion slot supporting up to 64GB.
The Note tablet comes with a stylus, which Samsung calls the S Pen, that lets you take handwritten notes, sketches, doodles and more. A number of apps come pre-loaded that are designed to work with the S Pen, including S Note, Polaris Office and Adobe Photoshop Touch. These apps will automatically launch once you remove the stylus from its carriage.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 3G- and Wi-Fi-enabled versions will be available in August and a 4G LTE version is expected later in the year. Samsung is also expected to reveal the next version of the Galaxy Note at a New York event on August 15.
Price has not been disclosed, but expect the initial launch to carry a premium number.
A few days ago Microsoft unveiled there very own self branded tablet called Surface, slated to compete against hardware partner companies, running the next generation of Window software.
The Surface tablets will be available in two versions. The Windows RT version or the “light” version of Windows 8 will launch in the fall, around the same time as Windows 8 and run on an yet-to-be-named ARM CPU. The RT version will run only the Metro apps available through the Windows app store, however, a version of Microsoft Office will be included at no additional charge. [click to continue…]
It might seem a little crazy to release a new version of a product about a month after the initial release, but that is what Asus has done with the Eee Pad Transformer Prime. The display has been updated to 1920 x 1200 the aluminum cover slightly redesigned to accommodate better WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. Additionally, the front facing camera was updated 2.0MP from the previous 1.2MP unit. I’ve got to hand it to Asus for not beatting around the bush on taking those correcting steps. Also, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich – ICS) is on board. [click to continue…]
Check out the promotional video by ASUS, maker of the Eeepad transformer (which came with the optional keyboard dock), now coming out with the EeePad Transformer Slider, which has a built-in keyboard. The form factor is similar to that of a slider qwerty phone, in tablet size.
What do you think of this design? Other than bluetooth keyboard makers, I’m guessing users will like this no compromise tablet design.
It’s hard to get excited about a new tablet these days, but since Dell is such a force in the Windows PC/notebook market the Dell Peju is possibly worth a mention. So here goes. [click to continue…]