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« on: January 20, 2013, 01:25:46 AM »
We've seen a slew of Windows RT tablets introduced this fall starting with Microsoft's Surface and continuing from such brands as Asus, HP and more but now that 2013 is here we're starting to see full blown Windows 8 Pro tablets reach the masses. Starting with the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Samsung Ativ 500T which we'll post about shortly, we've now got a real contender in the just introduced Acer Iconia W510 which comes in at a reasonable and iPad and Nexus 10 competitive price of just $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB.
Lisa at MobileTechReview.com did her usual awesome job of going over the W510 and while we encourage you to watch the video we can cut to the chase and say she really liked it. With 8-9 hour battery life of actual use, a light and clean design coupled with decent performance of the Atom CPU, the Iconia W510 should handle most Windows 8 applications with ease and is simply smoking for 'live tile' apps. The keyboard, which is certainly a necessity, only appears to come as a bundle so you'll probably want to go for the $750 package or wait until it's available separately. overall, it's a pretty sweet system and we're looking forward to checking it our ourselves at our local store. You can see the full written review at MobileTechReview.com
« on: October 28, 2012, 05:29:08 PM »
There's nobody quite like 'Mobile Tech Review' when it comes to their tablet and hardware reviews. They're simply the best. Lisa Gade has done dozens of these and she strikes just the right balance of technical knowledge and consumer straightforwardness. Her thorough understanding and deep experience using various kinds of tablets gives her a particularly seasoned eye and ability to cut through the BS you might see in other reviews and let you know the 'straight dope' on new products. Thus, she's one of the most respected tech reviewers in the blogosphere today.
I'm happy to say that Lisa gives a really fantastic 30 minute review and overall she's very positive about Microsoft's new baby. She's particularly impressed with the 'Touch Cover' with one of the best lines of the review being "Pretty much like Apple's Smart Cover only this one actually does something". I definitely recommend everyone that's interested in the Surface RT to give it a watch and make sure you leave us your comments below. You can see the full written review when it's available at the link below.MobileTechReview
« on: October 18, 2012, 06:16:13 PM »
'Surface' Day is almost here folks. Microsoft has unveiled their official pricing for the new Windows RT tablet with the 32GB version beginning at $499. That's without the 'Touch Cover' though which will set you back an additional $100 or $119 depending on the color you want..black or white. The 'Surface Type Cover' is also up for pre-order at $129 providing some real, tactile keys rather than the pressure sensitive versions on the 'Touch Cover' keyboard.
Microsoft is rumored to have ordered up to 5 million Surface Tablets to be manufactured so they are expecting these to sell well. Tech specs include a 10.6 inch 1366 x 768 Cleartype HD display, Nvidia T30 ARM processor, two 720p HD cameras (front and rear), wifi, two microphones and stereo speakers, full size usb 2.0, microSDXC card reader, headphone jack, HD video out port, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, bluetooth 4.0 and up to 8 hours of battery life.
Of course the Surface with Windows RT runs Microsoft's 'Windows RT' version of Windows 8 which will run the new 'Metro' style touch apps and also includes Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT Preview. It won't however run 'legacy' apps...standard windows apps. For that you'll need to wait for the 'Windows 8 Pro' version of the Surface to arrive after the first of the year. Still...these prices seem pretty competitive with the iPad and other tablets. What do you think? Did Microsoft get the pricing right? Are you planning on ordering a 'Surface Windows RT Tablet'?
« on: June 22, 2012, 01:17:06 PM »
Add Chinese technology company Huawei to the list of outfits that have announced they are working on a Windows 8 tablet. The company is the 6th largest handset maker in the world, although most of their sales tend to be outside of the U.S. and are especially strong in the Asia-Pacific region. It should be interesting to see what they come up with in the Windows 8 Tablet space. The S7 Pad shown below was one of their earlier tablet efforts which ran on Android.
« on: June 19, 2012, 09:52:39 AM »
Looking for even more information on the new 'Surface' tablets that Microsoft introduced at their big even in the Los Angeles yesterday? Well we've got the entire keynote event held at the 'MILK' studios linked below so you can see everything tech royalty did at the event. In addition the official 'Surface' promo video is linked above. Finally, we've given you a full spec rundown on both Surface tablets below for easy reference. So what do you think? Are you amped by these 'Surface' tablets? Will this make you more likely to buy a Windows 8 tablet? Let's hear your thoughts!
« on: June 19, 2012, 09:45:08 AM »
Microsoft introduced their answer to the new world or Tablet computing today with 'Surface', a family of tablets that is designed to showcase their new Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems and hopefully 'prime the pump' for what will be a bold new era in Windows computers. Eschewing the company's usual model of only providing the software while depending on hardware partners to provide the physical machines, Steve Balmer started out the presentation at Los Angeles's 'MILK' Studios by reviewing the company's history of hardware firsts and successes such as the Windows Mouse, Keyboard and Xbox before unveiling the stunning new tablets which feature VaporMG magnesium casings and 'touch' and 'type' covers with built-in keyboards.
The two models of 'Surface' are remarkably similar on the outside but rather different when it comes to operating system and features. Both features a 10.6 inch Gorilla Glass 2 screen with the RT version coming in at 'HD' (probably 1366 x 768) and the Windows 8 Pro version with 'Full HD' (probably 1920 x 1200) resolutions. 'Surface for Windows RT ', the thinner and lighter of the two comes in at 9.3mm thin and 676 grams and will run on the Windows RT operating system. The tablet runs on an ARM processor which is reportedly provided by Nvidia and featurs microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video and a 2x2 MIMO antannae.
'Surface for Windows 8 Pro', slightly larger and thicker comes in at 903 grams and at 13.5mm thick and runs on the full Windows 8 Pro operating system. It is based on an Intel (probably Ivy Bridge) processor and ports include USB 3.0, microSDXC, Mini Display Port and 2x2 MIMO Antennae.
Now the main difference between the two tablets, besides their obvious hardware configurations is the operating system. Windows RT is the scaled down version of Windows 8 that is designed to run on the lower power ARM processors and relies on the 'Metro' touch UI as it's main platform for the user. It does not have backwards compatibility with legacy applications from Windows and can be considered the closest to a pure 'iPad' or 'Android' competitor. While it does have a 'desktop mode' it is more for file management purposes. 'Surface for Windows RT' will come with a special version of Microsoft Office built-in that is designed to work with the Metro UI and be compatible with all your Word, Powerpoing, Excel and OneNote files.
Surface for Windows 8 Pro on the otherhand features the full Windows 8 Pro experience which included backwards compatibility with legacy Windows applications. One should be able to use full versions of all their Windows applications such as the full desktop version of Microsoft Office, games, applications such as Photoshop, Premiere, Wordperfect and anything else you use on your desktop Windows PC at home. It truly will be a full 'PC', but one that whey the keyboard is removed or the 'touch' or 'type' cover is folded away becomes a 'Metro' based tablet similar to the Windows RT model
One of the 'highlights' of the Microsoft event in LA that unveiled the Surface tablets was when they showed their new 'touch' and 'type' covers. These two accessories function as protective covers but also have a keyboard built-in, along with accelerometer. The 'touch cover' is a super thin cover of only 3mm thickness that has a keyboard 'imprint' and promises a typing experience superior to what you would get typing on glass. the 'type cover' on the other hand has a full tactile keyboard that promises a comfortable typing experience with actual physical keys, albeight in a slightly thicker package.
Another highlight has to do with the 'kickstand' that is built-in on both tablets which allow for easy viewing as well as typing on the tablet. The company went to great lengths to emphasize the '3 hinge' design and how the stand was incredibly sturdy when opened yet would 'disappear' when snapped back into place as a tablet. Both designs (the stand and keyboard covers) are probably the most talked about 'innovations' that came out of the even, along with a new term 'VaporMG' which is the process that was used to make the magnesium casings for the tablets.
Pricing wasn't immediately available but was said to be in line with current ARM and Ultrabook pricings depending on model. Availability was estimated to be when Windows 8 rolls out in the fall (October) for the 'Surface for Windows RT' tablets while the 'Surface for Windows Pro' models would follow about 3 months later. So what do you think? Has Microsoft hit it out of the park with these new 'Surface' tablets? Will you buy one? How do they compare to what you've seen from other hardware companies at the recent Computex show in terms of tablet design? Finally...do the 'Surface' tablets make you excited about Windows 8? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments!
« on: June 16, 2012, 10:25:05 AM »
'It's the start of something big'. That's how Anand Lai Shimpi, founder of popular tech site AnandTech describes the Iconia W700 tablet Acer showed recently at Computex in Taiwan. Powered by Intel's Ivy Bridge platform and featuring Thunderbolt, USB 3.0, a 1080p IPS display and 8+ hours of battery life, Anand had a chance to get an in-person demonstration of Acer's upcoming 'desktop in a tablet' and was quite impressed with what he saw. While perhaps a bit thicker than he would have liked this is still a 'work in progress' and the final design promises to shave a few more milimeters off the W700s thickness and grams from its weight. This is no ordinary table though...it's a sign of a sea-change in computing...and we'll get into why after the video below where you can see it in action.
If there's one thing that stands out about this tablet demonstration it's that it's one of the first times that Anand really 'gets' how this can truly be the only computing device you own. It's wicked fast as a tablet, but with the shown docking station up above and with that 'oh so handy' thunderbolt port...you can attach a drive array for virtually unlimited storage, of course an external keyboard and even an external discrete graphics processor and/or larger monitor. Since it runs on an x86 CPU you'll have virtually hundreds of thousands of real, desktop applications you can run in Windows 8's desktop mode and that's not even taking into consideration the thousands of Metro apps that will start appearing once Windows 8 hits its stride. Pricing is expected to be around $799, maybe with a 64GB SSD...or perhaps a bit lower to compete with the higher-end iPad to which it will inevitably be compared. But let's be honest. This is more than an iPad. This is a full fledged laptop in a tablet capable of real work with real desktop-sized applications. It's capable of far more than any typical Android or iOS device. It's the future of computing.
« on: June 15, 2012, 02:50:33 PM »
Back at Computex last week Toshiba showed off an upcoming Windows RT tablet in form only but didn't have a working model to show us. Well now they have. The fine folks over at Slashgear were able to see the new thin and light device fired up sporting a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 (OMAP 4) processor and put through its paces. Now in the video above Product Manager Bill Crean puts Windows RT through its paces to show us what this baby is capable of. The graphics processor used in this development model is the SGX-544 which supports DirectX 9 features level 3...so we're talking pretty high end here. Now to be sure this is not a final consumer design tablet...it's still called a developer tablet but we're assured that Toshiba is planning on having at least one and possibly more tablets running this very same processor or a close cousin with Windows Rt on it and should be ready for launch in October when the new OS goes live.
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:08:13 PM »
The Tech blogosphere is abuzz tonight with two reports out from 'thewrap and allthinkgsD' that the 'major announcement' that Microsoft has sent invites out to for Monday revolves around it's introduction of a Microsoft branded Windows RT tablet. If true this could really shake things up in the hardware world and could raise some interesting questions around how Microsoft's relationship with its hardware partners will work with such an effort.
Apple's dominance of the tablet market has been a thorn in Microsoft's side for some time now. It was Microsoft founder and chairman Bill Gates afterall who way back in 2000 predicted that the tablet form factor would become the default computing device in the future. Of course he never thought that Apple would end up dominating the market with the introduction some years later of the iPad.
With Microsoft's upcoming introduction of Windows 8 and the plethora of hardware partners that have already introduced Windows 8 tablets it stands to be seen how they will react if Microsoft introduces a tablet itself. With most of the Windows 8 tablets and other hardware such as hybrids and notebooks introduced so far have revolved around the x86 version, it might makes sense for Microsoft to spearhead the ARM tablet efforts that will use Windows Rt by having it's own device. Similar to how Google has its 'Nexus' branded phones...and are predicted to have a Nexus tablet soon.
The big question it does raise is how the $85 fee that hardware companies are required to pay for Windows RT per tablet will factor into their feelings on competing with Microsoft. If they feel the company has an unfair advantage by not having to pay itself the fee...could hardware makers bail and turn to Android (which is free) or Windows x86 only and shun Windows RT? We'll know more Monday hopefully but we'd love to hear your thoughts on this matter. What do you think of the idea of Microsoft having its own Windows RT tablet? Good idea or bad?
« on: June 14, 2012, 10:09:01 PM »
The website Neowin is reporting that Dell is getting ready to release an Intel Atom powered 10 inch Windows RT tablet complete with docking station sometime close to the official Windows RT launch in October. Called the 'Lattitude 10 Tablet', the device will feature 2 battery options, 2 cell 30whr or 4 cell 60 whr, come in at 10.5 mm thick, have a front 2mp webcam and rear 8mp. The mobile docking station will have four USB ports, ethernet, HDMI, mobile broadband and a built-in stylus. Screen resolution will be the Windows RT standard 1366 x 768 and 128GB SSD memory will be standard. Notably, the battery will be replaceable enabling the user to swap out and replace batteries on the go.
« on: June 08, 2012, 04:44:09 PM »
We're big fans of MobileTechReview.com and Lisa Gade their editor in chief. They do some of the best product reviews...especially video reviews, in the tech blogosphere. So while we're sure we'll be posting many of her reviews of new Windows Tablet hardware to our site as the devices begin to arrive in the fall we thought we'd start out with Lisa's review of her first hand experience with the final release candidate preview of Windows 8. As you can see above Lisa runs the OS on both a Windows 7 tablet by Samsung as well as a Lenovo laptop so as to fully explore how the OS adapts to each form factor. If you've been wanting to see a thorough run-through of the good...and bad of Window's new OS baby...we highly recommend you watch the video above and then let us know what you think in the comments.
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:42:47 AM »
If there's one company that really pulled out all the development stops when it came to introducing Windows 8 tablets during this week's Computech show in Taipei, Taiwan it's Asus. Showing no less than 6 different tablet devices plus a plethora of Ultrabooks the company is really going 'all in' with the new OS. First up is the innovative...if unusual Asus Taichi, a dual screen with keyboard...that's right...two screens...tablet that appears to want to let you use the device either as a laptop or a tablet. What's interesting about this design is that it opens up the possibility of having two users work on the tablet at the same time. One on the front screen and the other on the back. How useful this would be in actual use is a question. The question is...is the additional cost and technical difficulty of having two screens squeezed on one device opposite each other worth it? Wouldn't it be better to just use one great screen on a device that can either flip over like the Lenovo Yoga or that has a dock like so many other devices including Asus's own Transformer series.
Next up are the Asus 'Transformer Book' which might look familiar because they are basically spitting images of the company's own Android 'Transoformer Pad' tablets. Featuring the same tablet plus dock configuration, the company plans to offer three different modes in different screen sizes (11.6, 13 and 14 inches) and all featuring a version of Intel's Ivy Bridge x86 CPU to provide you with the full version of Windows 8.
Last up...and perhaps most interesting to yours truly are the new Asus 'tablet' 600 and 810...two full fledged tablet/keyboard combos that appear more robust than the 'Transformer Book' models and with some differences between them. First up...the Asus Tablet 600 is the company's first Windows RT device...which will run on an ARM (Tegra 3) processor and feature outstanding battery life, lower cost and the Windows RT OS which of course features the Metro UI, although unlike Windows 8 x86 versions will not have legacy support for old Windows apps. Want more power? Well the Asus Tablet 810 will provide you with an Atom CPU, 2GB of ram, 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display.
We'll have more detailed specs as well as full reviews on all of Asus' new Windows 8 Tablet devices soon so make sure to check back at Windows Tablet Central.
« on: June 05, 2012, 08:42:59 PM »
Interested in a tablet that can morph into a full on notebook pc but you'd rather have the keyboard built-in rather than have an extra 'dock' or portable keys? Well MSI feels your craving and has introduced this gorgeous Slider S20 Ultrabook at Computex. Sporting Windows 8, the 11.6 inch S20 packs an Intel Chief River CULV platform processor, and a variety of ports and features including USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and HDMI. In a form factor we're sure to see more of, this 'slider' mimics the Asus Android tablet of similar design but with Windows 8 based on an intel chip this promises to be compatible not only with the new Metro Win 8 apps but legacy apps as well. Futher specs are still under wraps but if this is a hint of what's to come in the Windows 8 tablet world you can call us excited!
« on: June 05, 2012, 05:14:58 PM »
For those not in the know this week is the giant computer trade show Computex which is being held in Taipei, Taiwan and as expected with Microsoft's Windows 8 launch just around the corner we've been getting our first glimpses of lots of new Windows 8 hardware including a bevy of tablets starting with Acer and their introduction of their first Windows 8 tabs.
Coming in two flavors, the 11.6 inch W700 and the 10.1 inch W510, the W700 features a high resolution full HD display resolution of 1920 x 1080 with 10 finger touch support. It ships with a cradle that let's the user rotate the tablet for landscape or portrait viewing and it offers over 8 hours of battery life. It's also being positioned as a desktop replacement with a full keyboard offered via bluetooth and such specs as Dolby Home Theater audio, thunderbolt, MicroHDMI, USB 3.0, headphone jack, power button, stereo speakers and more. There's also a 5mp camera on the rear as well as microphone.
The little brother, W50 is a 10.1 inch tablet sporting a more standard 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display with a detachable chiclet keyboard dock that includes a built-in battery that when used with the tablet provides an outstanding 18 hours of battery power. Other features include docking port and latch, speakers on each side, a SIM card slot, microSD, micro-USB and HDMI ports, as well as a volume rocker and microphone, power button, lock toggle and headphone jack up top. The chipset is assumed to an x86 Ivy Bridge variety but no word on pricing. We expect to see these beauties available at the Windows 8 launch in October.
« on: May 26, 2012, 05:10:25 PM »
When is a leak not a leak? Well that's a good question and one that comes to my mind after a series of what look to be upcoming Dell Windows 8 tablets leaked to the web this week. First we had the above Dell Latitude 10, a 10.1 inch tab sporting the now standard Windows 8 1366 x 768 display resolution, Dual Core Intel Clover Trail Atom Processor, and coming in at 1.63lbs and 0.4inches/10.5mm deep. Other specs include 2GB of memory, a 2mp front camera and 8mp rear, as well as both hard drive and solid state memory options. two batteries are available...both 30whr and 60whr. Since this tab would be running a x86 processor it would be compatible with both legacy Windows apps as well as the new metro apps. Battery life is estimated to be either 8 hours or 12 depending on which battery you go with. This tablet is assumed to be a 'business' oriented tab since it is being marketed under the Lattitude brand and has removable batteries.
Sounds pretty cool to us, although a bit on the chunky side. Ah...but but if that's not good enough we've got another leak from Dell this very same week! As you can see in the slide above another device, named the Dell XPS 12 appears to be in the works. Taking the form of a convertible laptop and featuring a 12.5 inch display. It features a unique hybrid design that we're still trying to get our heads around with a rotating bezel. It appears the screen would simply swing around and the bezel and now upside down screen would simply snap together to form a tablet. Other specs include weighing 3.1 lbs, 8-20mm thin, and a carbon fiber chassis. The XPS 12 appears to be targeted more to consumers and probably will get an 'Ultrabook' designation. No word on pricing or availability on either of these devices. So what do you think? Which Windows 8 device can you see yourself using?