Sep 282012

Intel announced details of the new chip technology, and it hopes this action will help the company to gain a firm foothold in the tablet market. At the meeting, Intel introduced the new tablet design, which is Windows 8 system-based and with its latest processor. In the past few years, Intel has been talking about the ultrabook, which is thin, deformable in design and using Intel chips. On Thursday’s news conference, what Intel introduced was different, it wants manufacturers to use its Atom chip to produce tablets.

Intel said the new tablet is mainly with Atom Z2760, which is the new name, and its code-named before is Clover Trail. The new processor is also called SoC in the industry, which is short for system-on-chip, including two microprocessor core logic circuits and Hyper-Threading technology supporting.

The system manufacturers can use Intel’s new chip to produce device which is only 1.5pounds weigh and 8.5mm thick. The chip uses a lot of energy-saving technology, so the battery life can reach up to 10 hours. In another mode, that is the connection standby mode, it can be using for 3 weeks at a time.

Erik Reid, general manager of Intel’s Application Processor Division, said: “This SoC energy saving is incredible.”

At the meeting, Intel demonstrated how Microsoft Windows 8 system will run on the new tablet, and also a number of programs designed for the touch interface. Some companies will launch tablets based on the new chip, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Samsung, ZTE, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Asus and LG Electronics.

Sep 272012

According to media reports, technology news site examiner quoted analyst Paul Mueller reporter and said that Apple may be developing a screen aspect ratio of 16:9 iPad prototype.

Muller said he had communicated with three independent sources close to Apple, these three individuals agreed that Apple is developing widescreen iPad, and it will not be the rumored iPad mini, but a full-size next-generation iPad. Mueller also said within the next few weeks he will disclose more news about the widescreen iPad.

In view that the iPhone 5 has already been configured with widescreen display, it will be reasonable for Apple to use widescreen display in the iPad, but this idea is also problematic. The Tech blog site Gizmodo editor Jesus Diaz pointed out that, due to close to the paper, the 4:3 screen aspect ratio is more suitable for most tasks. The 16:9 screen aspect ratio is more suitable for video, but the video is not the most common use for iPad. However, since Apple launched the Airplay Mirroring, if the iPad screen aspect ratio is consistent with the user’s television, there will be a better performance.

The screen aspect ratio changes also face technical challenges, as it will affect the end-user experience. To increase the iPad size is unlike to increase iPhone size which is attractive, because its screen size has reached 10 inches, continuing to increase the size does not match most people’s expectations. Because the Lightning interface required space is less than the 30-pin connector, the feasibility to produce Widescreen is higher, but widescreen display means that the available display area decreases, the user experience will be affected.

Examiner reported that its sources said there is possibility that the Apple is developing the widescreen iPad, but the news can not be confirmed. It is worth noticing that Muller and Diaz have made mistakes in predicting the products of Apple and other companies.

Sep 272012

Recent news that the U.S. operator AT&T will train the employees in the stores how sell Windows 8 tablets and WP8 smart phones from September 30 to October 16, and it’s said one of the Windows 8 tablets is Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, which supports for AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

According to the latest report that the ThinkPad Tablet 2 price is $799, but the two years contract price should still be quite cost-effective if cooperating with AT&T. And according to the sources products sold at the same time include Samsung and Acer Windows 8 products, but so far AT&T competitors, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile did not disclose any related details.

Sep 242012

According to official information, the Samsung named the two tablets as “Smart PC” and “Smart PC Pro.

Both devices have two forms, first it can be connected to the keyboard base via extended interface and transformed into a laptop with keyboard. Second it can be used alone as a thin Tablet PC. These two devices support up to 10-point touch, and it’s about to be powered by the revolutionary Windows 8 operating system.

Both tablet devices will also be configured the S Pen stylus which is highly acclaimed in the Samsung Note Series, the S Pen adopts the 1024 level touch control pressure. Samsung will also custom-make sNote applications to cooperate with the S Pen, to help users to enhance the use feelings.

Samsung “Smart PC Pro” is equipped with a powerful Intel Core i5 processor, which is able to handle a particularly harsh demand for professional and multimedia playback; the “Smart PC” is equipped with a new generation of Intel Atom processor. Both the “Smart PC” and “Smart PC Pro” uses the 11.6-inch display, but the “Smart PC Pro” is with a high resolution of 1920×1080, while the Smart PC ” is with a resolution of 1366×768. Both devices also vary in thickness, the “Smart PC Pro” thickness is 11.9 mm, while the “Smart PC” is 9.9mm.

The “Smart PC Pro” is with 4GB memory and 128GB storage space. “Smart PC” has 2GB memory and 64GB storage space. Both Tablet PCs are equipped with microHDMI interface and miniSD card slot,, there are two additional USB 2.0 interfaces at the keyboard base. The built-In S Camera fully demonstrated the performance of the front and rear camera integrated in the body. In terms of battery life, the “Smart PC” power is enough to support 10 hours while the “Smart PC Pro” battery life is 8 hours.

Sep 242012

Microsoft Windows 8 will be officially released on October 26. WPCentral disclosed that, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be pre-installed with Windows 8 operating system, with the keyboard docking station, and the price is about $799.

Although the price is high, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 has attractive place. Previously it is detailedly explained, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 is with Intel processors and running Windows 8 operating system, with 10.1 inches 1366×768 resolution display and 10 hours battery life.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2 price is far more than the Lenovo Windows RT flat price ($300), but it’s nearly the same with the Asus Vivo Tab tablet priced, and it’s estimated that the configuration will be near to the high-end Surface. Anyway, the ThinkPad Tablet 2 Business Tablet PC will be launched October 26, compared to the cheaper Windows RT Tablet or Apple iPad, perhaps the price will make some users difficult to accept, but it’s still worth attention.

Sep 212012

According to media reported, Acer and Asus Windows 8 Tablet PCs price are more than $800, about the same price with the high-end version new iPad. Market watchers worry that such a high price will be driving down consumer demand, and affect the performance of the vendors.

Although the majority of PC manufacturers including Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Samsung and Sony publicly announced or showed their own Win8 tablet computers, but the price and configuration has not yet been announced. However, some sites have recently obtained leaked information about Acer and Asus Tablet PCs, including price and configuration.

Asus will release three Win8 models, among which the 11.6 inches Vivo Tab is priced at $799.

Acer will release two sizes Win8 Tablet PCs, among which the 10.1 inches 64GB and supporting WiFi version Iconia Tab W510 is priced at $ 827, and it will be priced up to $993 for the with keyboard version; the 11.6 inches 128GB WiFi supporting version Iconia Tab W700 is price at $1490, and the coming with Bluetooth and keyboard version is priced at  $1,570.

Acer and ASUS have refused to comment on the leaked price and said only that the product launch will be held in the near future. Intel has issued invitations that the Win8 tablet computer conference will be held in the United States on September 27. Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Dell, Samsung and ZTE will showcase its own tablet PCs and removable models to promote Win8.

Sep 212012

Asus announced its Padfone 2 devices will be released next month in Milan and Taipei, and the new conference in Milan and Taipei will be officially held on October 16. By then, Asus will also announce its new notebook computers, tablet PCs, and hybrid smartphone products. Before, there were sources that the Padfone 2 will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM and run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich system. But other detailed specifications will have to wait until next month.

Sep 202012

Intel will held press conference next week in San Francisco to announce the next generation energy-efficient Atom processor, almost all PC makers, including Lenovo, HP, Dell, will show the processor-based Windows 8 Tablet PC.

Intel conference will be held on Sept. 27 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the chip giant will start the Win8 tablet PCs season, the products of multiple vendors will use Intel energy-saving Clover Trail platform Z2760 chip (SoC) processor.

“The media conference will showcase the latest tablet PCs and detachable tablet PCs based on Intel processors, and announce Intel’s next generation Atom processor (formerly code-named Clover Trail) details. “Intel said in a notice to reporters. Intel Mobile and Communications Group applications processor platform general manager Erik Reid will preside over the meeting.

Intel said, Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and ZTE executives will also attend the meeting, and showcase the companies’ new equipments.

Sep 192012


In fact, so far Apple iPad mini is still just a legend. However, in the past period of time, we got the news from some seniors, which makes its presence more and more real. Now, message from two Chinese companies said the 7.85-inch iPad mini tablet is in mass production stage, this news is getting iPad mini closer and closer to us.

The Heshuo factory is now also responsible for the production of iPad mini, Foxconn is not Apple’s only dependent foundries. It is said, Heshuo got 50% to 60% of the total orders from Apple , while the remaining part will be given to Foxconn.

So far we know that the news iPad mini will be announced by the official in October, and will be in the store at the end of the year, to meet the holiday spending period.

Same with iPhone 4S listing on market, we have seen countless rumors, computer renderings and the real models. Now, a new real model appears and tells us what the Apple 7.85-inch tablet looks like. It seems that the new screen frame is finer, but because this is only a model, we can not determine the difference with the actual machine.

Sep 122012

This Monday, Hewlett-Packard announced at a news conference in New York, to launch a deformable tablet and notebook mix product, as well as several AIO desktops which support touch screen. The most interesting is the Envy X2, at first glance, it is like a typical ultrabook, when the screen is removed, the original 3-pound notebook changes into a 1.5-pound tablet.

Envy X2 is equipped with a 11.6-inch touch screen, when it is placed in the base, you can have a full-size keyboard and touchpad. The keyboard can also increase the battery life, because there is also a battery inside. HP did not disclose the specific life time.

The Envy X2 is equipped with a 2-megapixel front camera and a 800-megapixel rear camera, it supports LED flash.

Envy X2 was earliest shown in the Berlin IFA, and it will be on sale before the end of the year, but the price is unknown.

As to the new AIO, it uses Windows 8 system, two of which support touch screen. The two products are named Envy 23 and Envy 20, and they support HP TouchSmart technology. They are equipped with the Intel processor and SSD hard drive. The Envy 23 price is starting at $999, and will be released in the fall, while the 20-inch Envy 20 price is starting at $799.