Laptops & Tablets

Gartner: Less Customers Plan to Buy Tablets

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Gartner: Less Customers Plan to Buy Tablets

According to Gartner less customers in mature markets are thinking of buying a tablet in the next 12 months-- in fact, just 17% of survey respondents plan to do so, and such numbers will only fall in 2016.

The survey covers 19000 consumers in the US, UK, France, China, Brazil and India, and shows less than 1 in 5 users in mature markets plan to purchase or upgrade a tablet.

"Unless new compelling innovation or incentives to upgrade tablets are created, the churn of the mature installed base will continue to fall," the analyst says. "The worst-case scenario is that many tablet users will never upgrade or buy a new tablet as phablets and/or two-in-one convertible PCs (both with larger screen) envelop the benefits of a tablet. This scenario would result in real household penetration for tablets falling under 40% in mature markets."

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The Samsung Galaxy View on Oversized Tablets

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The Samsung Galaxy View on Oversized Tablets

Samsung is the next company to take on the oversized tablet concept with the Galaxy View-- an 18.4-inch device the company claims offers an "unprecedented mobile entertainment experience."

Designed primarily for media consumption (so much so it even has a built-in kickstand-slash-handle on the back), the Galaxy View has a 1920x1080 resolution display, stereo speakers, 1.6GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, micro SD slot and a 5700mAh battery powering up to 8 hours of video playback on a single charge. As such it does not really look ideal for portable use outside of the house, what with it weighing 2.65kg.

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Lenovo Brings Back Tabletop PC With Yoga Home 900

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Lenovo Brings Back Tabletop PC With Yoga Home 900

Remember the IdeaCentre Horizon, the 27-inch tabletop touchscreen PC? Lenovo sure does as it presents the Yoga Home 900, an upgraded version of the concept featuring better internals and Windows 10 as OS.

Described by the company as a "portable All in One PC," the Yoga Home 900 features Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia GeForce 940A graphics, 1TB SSHD and a battery allowing up to 3 hours of unplugged use (thus the "portable" in the description). It weighs around 7kg and also includes a kickstand, 3 USB ports, 1 HDMI port and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

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Toshiba Intros dynaPad N72

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Toshiba Intros dynaPad N72

Toshiba launches what it claims is the thinnest (at 6.9mm) Windows tablet-- the dynaPad N72, a 12-inch Surface-style 2-in-1 device featuring a keyboard dock and a Wacom stylus.

First seen in prototype form back at IFA 2015, the dynaPad promises a unique take on stylus input through the use of a Wacom Electrostatics TruPen (capable of 2048 levels of pressure) and a metal mesh sensor touchscreen replicating the feeling of writing on paper. Even the 12-inch display apparently mirrors a common-size notebook, and pen input is compatible with Microsoft Office, Edge and the Toshiba business app suite.

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Microsoft Presents Surface Book, More Win 10 Devices

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Microsoft Presents Surface Book, More Win 10 Devices

Microsoft takes on both the Apple MacBook Pro and iPad Pro as it launches its first laptop, the Surface Book, together with the updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, new Lumia smartphones and Band 2 wearable.

Described by the company as nothing less than a "redefinition" of the laptop, the Surface Book features a 13.5-inch optically bonded 3000x2000 resolution display users can remove for use as a regular tablet. One can also simply bend the flexible hinge holding the display to the keyboard all the way back for more support.

It has both touch and pen input support, while the keyboard has a glass trackpad with 5-point touch input.

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ABI: Tablet Installed Base Falls in 2016

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ABI: Tablet Installed Base Falls in 2016

The global tablet installed base becomes the "next unexpected victim" in 2016 ABI Research reports, as shipments of larger mobile devices decline after the promising early sales seen in 2010 and 2011.

“The global installed base of branded tablets will peak around 373 million units at the close of 2015,” the analyst says. “Led by N. America at 48% of the installed base, the operating system mix is expected to be more balanced with 50% powered by Android, while 42% will use iOS."

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Amazon Updates Tablet, STB Lineup

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Amazon Updates Tablet, STB Lineup

Reports might suggest Amazon is giving up on hardware, but the online retailer shows this is at least partly not the case as it presents a pair of Fire TV devices and not one, not two but four low-cost tablets.

The Fire TV devices in question are upgrades of the original STB and the Stick HDMI dongle. The new Fire TV feature 4K/UHD resolution and HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) support, as well as more processing power, 802.11ac MIMO wifi and 8GB built-in storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD card slot).

Meanwhile the new Fire TV Stick gets Alexa integration and a companion Voice Remote, giving it nearly all capabilities of the Echo voice assistant.

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Apple Goes Big With iPad Pro, iPhone 6S

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Apple Goes Big With iPad Pro, iPhone 6S

As previously announced Apple held its traditional September event-- one featuring the announcement of the much awaited iPad Pro, as well as the next iPhone generation, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

Proceedings opened with talk on the Apple Watch. The company continues to refuse to provide any sales details, instead preferring to announce the Watch OS 2 update should be available from 16 September. The wearable also gets new models, such as a Hermes -designed number, a Red edition, and new aluminium and rose gold finishes. A selection of new bands will also be available, of course.

However the event's biggest news involves the iPad. Following talk on enterprise partnerships with IBM and Cisco the company revealed the iPad Pro. As repeatedly suggested repeatedly by rumours, the iPad Pro is the biggest (12.9-inch) and most powerful Apple tablet yet.  It is powered by a specially designed 64-bit A9X chip promising double the graphics, memory bandwidth and disk performance of the A8X, as well as 10 hours battery life, for "desktop-class performance." Audio comes through a 4-speaker array.

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Lenovo Intros ideapad Miix 700

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Lenovo Intros ideapad Miix 700

Lenovo presents a Microsoft Surface look-alike at IFA 2015-- the ideapad Miix 700, a 12-inch Windows 10 tablet complete with built-in kickstand and magnetically-attachable keyboard accessory.

The kickstand is actually one of the more interesting features of the tablet, since it has what Lenovo says are dual watchband hinges. Similar to the hinges in the Lenovo Yoga tablets, these allow the tablet to stand from 0 to 160-degrees.

Meanwhile the keyboard accessory doubles as a screen protector and comes complete with a stylus users can connect to a spare USB port.

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LG Intros G Pad II 10.1

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LG Intros G Pad II 10.1

LG previews a tablet offering set to make an IFA 2015 appearance-- the G Pad II 10.1, a 10-.1-inch Android tablet featuring a 1920x1200 resolution display and a 2.26GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.

Further specifications include 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable via microSD slot), 5MP rear-/2MP front-facing cameras and a 7400mAH battery, all inside "soft metallic finish" casing. Connectivity comes through wifi and LTE.

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IDC: W. European Tablet Market "Stabilises"

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IDC: W. European Tablet Market

IDC reports the W. European tablet market reaches stability of sorts in Q2 2015 as shipments reach 7.5 million with 1.2% Y-o-Y decline-- the softest since the downturn started at the beginning of 2014.

Leading to such results is the combination of weak consumer demand for tablets and growing commercial interest in 2-in-1 devices. As such, regular tablet shipments are down by -4.4% Y-o-Y while 2-in-1s see 71% Y-o-Y growth, even if 2-in-1 volume remains relatively small with overall share reaching 7.3% of the total Q2 2015 market.

“The most notable new 2-in-1 model is probably the Microsoft Surface 3, a smaller and more affordable version of Surface Pro 3, but other new 2-in-1s were introduced by well-established international players as well as several local or sub-regional vendors," the analyst says. "The latter not only contributed to broaden the 2-in-1 offering but, thanks to the strength of their brand at a local level and the usually lower price points of their products, also helped boost the volume of the market for detachable devices, where their share jumped sequentially from below 1% to over 4%.”

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