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Microsoft did tell us that the RT version (ARM) of Surface would be price competitive with similar ARM-based tablets and the Pro line should fall in with Ultrabook pricing, so at least we have a vague price tag in mind. Despite all of this, a Swedish website has posted the Surface and all four of its variants at prices that translate roughly to $1,001 and up.
Since Windows Phone 8 seems set on a course for change in the mobile universe its not surprising that there has been speculation of a Surface phone or even a RIM Windows Phone device
There seems to be an increasing number of devices in recent times that tout themselves as the perfect tablet experience for those that also want a laptop-like productivity experience, Windows Surface included. That being said, Fujitsu seems to do one better, creating a true hybrid tablet/laptop experience that is targeted at the business crowd, and best of all they are offering two different hybrids, the LifeBook T902 and Stylistic Q702.
A new company, Modbook Inc, has formed again and is now creating its own Modbook Pro. The Pro is by the same designers as the original, even if its not under the same company name, and this time takes a 13-inch MacBook Pro for the modification.
With Microsoft getting involved in mobile hardware with the Surface, it's not surprising that many believed that MS might consider a similar move with Windows Phone 8. According to Information Week though, MS has no plans to do such a thing though, at least according to their conversation with Windows Phone senior marketing manager, Greg Sullivan.
Microsoft is clearly bringing out the big guns in order to attempt to compete in a meaningful way in the growing mobile sector. While Windows Phone 8 might seem a lot like WP7 at first glance, the new OS really has much more in common with Windows 8 and RT, sharing the same NT and RT cores, and ditching the CE core found in Windows Phone 7 and its predecessor, Windows Mobile.
In a very lengthy, yet compelling read, Gizmondo produced an article that essentially applauds the new Microsoft Surface tablet and welcomes it as a game changer that makes the Air and iPad look obsolete in comparison. The article goes on to state that the system follows the ten design principles that folks like Apple's Jonathan Ive seem to live by.
Yes, we know about the two versions of the Microsoft Surface and its support for Netflix, but what about all the other details that still have us scratching our heads?
Recently the web has been ablaze with rumor and speculation regarding a big upcoming Microsoft announcement that was scheduled for Monday- which is now today. The wait is over, and it turns out that what was announced is part of the Microsoft Surface brand. No, this isn't another massive Surface table, it's a tablet.
Windows 8 is on its way out at this end of this year and is Microsoft's way of attempting to enter into the tablet wars. Microsoft's approach is certainly unique since they are using the existing PC Windows as the basis of their tablet entry, instead of adopting Windows Phone like Apple did with iPhone OS.
The mapping wars is apparently heating up as Apple has started to rely on its own internal map system and Microsoft is now transitioning away from Bing Maps to using the new Nokia Maps.
"Join us as we introduce the truly incredible next transformations." Given that the only context where Asus has use the "transform" moniker is with an Eee Pad, we're pretty confident this week's event has something to do with a new tablet.
Today ComScore introduced a new version of its Device Essentials service that includes improved analysis of mobile devices and operating systems. The biggest take away from this though is that ComScore now reports that the Kindle Fire has managed to capture 54.4% of the Android tablet market, according to information gathered through February of 2012.
Splashtop has created software called the Win8 Metro Testbed, which is essentially software that allows developers to test out their Windows 8 Metro apps right from their iPads.
In the blog post Microsoft's David Washington detailed how Windows 8, which is on its way later this year, will handle a multitude of different equipment and display setups, including the way that Metro will scale itself with different resolutions. At the standard 1366x768, no scaling will be needed but at other resolutions this is going to change in order to make the UI look and work as best as possible. With a 1920x1080 resolution there will be 140% scaling applied and for 2560x1440 resolutions there would even be 180% scaling.
Consumer Preview of Windows 8 went live late last month, but when is Microsoft going to officially launch its successor to Windows 7? Insider reports are pointing toward October of this year and they've got some evidence to back that up.
So you have your new iPad, and you love it. The apps are great and it can do so much – but can it control functions in a police car? Well, apparently Windows 8 can, thanks to a new partnership between Microsoft and public safety solutions firm, Modularis. Microsoft first showed the police car running on the Modularis technology as part of Modularis' Worldwide Public Safety Symposium, where officials gather to discuss public safety and ways to improve the overall state of safety.
Remember that tablet/notebook cross which was shown off by Sony at CES earlier this year? The convertible concept tablet dubbed "Hybrid" looked interesting although there was no confirmation whether the company would work on the prototype for market launch. And now a new info suggests that Sony has plans for bringing out the QWERTY-equipped slider.
Microsoft has yet to deliver a great Skype experience on its own mobile OS, and in fact it seems to pale in comparison to the iOS and Android versions.
This week at the Mobile World Congress, ZTE has made it clear that they are focused on rebirth and further expansion as they show off 10 new devices all of different shapes, sizes and even operating systems.
Just last week we talked about the new leak of information regarding Windows Phone Apollo, and today we are going to try and answer another big question: How does Apollo stack up against Android (or even iOS)? Are it's new features enough to draw new users in?
This year MMT returns with a revamped version of Monitor2Go. The display has a 15.6-inch screen, a 1600x900 resolution, and your choice of an iPad 2 or Android tablet slot hinged up to a rotatable display that can turn up, down, clockwise, and counterclockwise.
With the touch-optimized Windows 8 soon on its way, you would think that every hardware maker out there would have a big “On Hold” sign over any possible plans for Windows tablets until late-2012. Of course you'd be wrong, as Viewsonic announced at CES that it is releasing the new ViewPad 10i.
New reports are in surrounding the Nokia Ace for AT&T, including confirmation that it is in fact the Lumia 900, which will be sold globally as Nokia's flagship windows phone.
Anonymous sources from Acer and Lenovo component suppliers have released a new rumor that both vendors are in fact working on next-gen Windows 8 x86 tablets that will run on Intel's upcoming “Clover Trail” chipset.
Intel Medfield chips were shown in Nokia devices that were supposed to run MeeGo back in February. At that time, some specs were leaked for the chip.
IDC research analysts have made 10 predictions for trends in 2012 computing. One such prediction states that Windows 8 may not reach the hands of the traditional PC users, that is, those with the PCs bundled with keyboard, mouse, and all the usual PC hardware.
Recently, Android Community has calculated the total sales of tablets from January up until October. According to their figures, HP Touchpad took the second place for overall tablet sales
There are many ways to pay homage to the Genius design of Apple products. One of them, certainly will invite some attention from Cupertino giant is the Hackintosh movement. The folks out of this group of talented hackers must wear their Apple's "Cease and Desist" letters as badges of honor or something. Now, 9to5mac.com demo'd a Samsung tablet normally meant to run Windows 7 but running OS X Lion instead; they call it the HacPro Touch.
We already know that Windows 8 is going to be a platform that is simultaneously geared toward both tablets and regular PCs, but it has now been confirmed by Intel that you'll effectively being able to get both in one package with touchscreen-enabled Windows 8 ultrabooks.
When it comes to tough and tumble devices for use in the field, the Panasonic Toughbook series of laptops has always been the industry leader. They have tough tablets with Windows too, but now Panasonic is added a huge dash of ruggedness to the Android army with the introduction of the Panasonic Toughpad A1 and Toughpad B1.
I think we all know that the Apple iPad is the current dominating force in the world of tablets. That much is obvious, but I don't think too many of us thought that the proportions were this far out of whack.
The desktop experience can be much like the tablet experience, which in turn is a blown-up version of what we're getting now with Windows Phone 7. So, how does the Windows 8 slate experience stack up against the iOS5 experience on the iPad?
The AbsolutePower is different, as this charger offers 100W of power and is compatible with a whole whack of products, including smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
Lenovo is changing gears to the Google side with the upcoming ThinkPad Tablet, as it's going to be powered by Android Honeycomb. You may have heard about the ThinkPad Tablet when it was announced by Lenovo late last month, along with the IdeaPad K1 and the Windows-powered P1. As the ThinkPad name implies, this is still largely a business-oriented device, going along with all the ThinkPad notebooks that we've seen over the years.
The ViewSonic ViewPad 10pro runs both Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Windows 7. It's a shame they didn't get Honeycomb under the hood of this 10.1-inch slate, but at least you have Google and Microsoft working together under the same framework. To make things more interesting, this is one of the first tablets to be powered by an Intel Atom processor.
The 8-inch Archos 80 G9 was originally slated to have a starting price of $279, but that has now increased to a starting price of $299.99. It's not a huge jump, to be sure, and it still puts the G9 below a good number of competitors.
Panasonic is set to break free from their Windows-based tablets and release their first Toughbook tablet running the Google Android OS. This is fantastic in many ways, firstly, it shows that Android is getting enough mainstream adoption that Panasonic is confident enough to roll it out to the enterprise partners, and secondly, you can take the ruggedized Android tablet out in the backwoods or in the crazy corporate world of hacking and digital espionage and not have too worry too much thanks to its ruggedized exterior and embedded hardware security.
Yesterday Microsoft unveiled Windows 8 at D9, much like Google's Android tablet optimized Honeycomb, Windows 8 has been built around the use of touch devices, but they assure us it will work equally as well with a mouse and keyboard.
Everyone is getting entrenched in the tablet game for 2011, hoping to knock the iPad out of the top spot (or at least carving out a sizable slice of the pie). What's Dell doing? Well, we've got the leaked roadmap for at least three new devices.
I'm not at all convinced that I would want a notebook computer that doesn't have a physical keyboard, but I almost said the same thing about touchscreen-only smartphones not that long ago. Pushing this trend along is the dual screen-wielding Acer Iconia, which is now being put up for pre-order.
Just about all of the major smartphone companies are jumping on board the tablet bandwagon. We've got everything from the HTC Flyer to the Motorola Xoom, but where does Nokia fit into this mix? This design patent might answer that question.
Why knock off just one product when you can Frankenstein them all together to make for a mega product? That seems to be the idea behind this nameless contraption from China, but the net result actually looks pretty darn promising.
ViewSonic is announcing immediate availability of the ViewPad 10 tablet we heard about last November. The 10-inch slate will most notably dual boot between Android and Windows 7, the hardware on board is an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, 2GB memory to make up for the lack of dual-core functionality, and the option of 16GB or 32GB SSD hard drives.
Despite what some of those slate sellers might lead you to believe, Windows 7 is pretty terrible for tablets. I don't care if you're only interested in enterprise customers; the interface just doesn't work for a finger-based usage and Microsoft kinda knows that. And that's why they're taking so bloody long to come up with an OS that works better for tablets.
Maybe you've already decided that you don't want an iPad and you're not interested in webOS. That leaves you with Windows 7 and Android for your tablet needs, if you cannot choose between the two you might want the ViewSonic ViewPad 10Pro, then, since it sports a dual booting.
Artists at exhibits, vendors at trade shows, limo drivers at airports; nobody likes a missed sale. Which is exactly the problem Sage Software Inc. is looking to eliminate with today's launch of their new fee-free encrypted credit card payment device.
We knew that this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was going to represent the year of the tablet. We knew that just about everyone was jumping on board this newfound goldmine, but we had no idea how big this would become. How big? Well, there were over 100 new tablets revealed at CES 2011.
Another day at CES, another tablet PC notebook hybrid, this time from Samsung. But seriously, it brings me comfort to see the number of major PC manufacturers revealing some very innovative features around tablets.
The Motion CL900 is being touted as the first “ultra-light, rugged Tablet PC”. We’re not sure if this means it comes equipped with 4-wheel drive or a winch but Motion is definitely trying to define their market niche.