Oct 112012
 

Taiwan smartphone and tablet manufacturer HTC today officially announced that it would withdraw from the tablet PC market in the United States, global project manager Jeff Gordon said the main reason is because the iPad has a strong influence in the American market and the U.S. market has become saturated. He then also said it would pay close attention to the U.S. flat-panel market trends, and at the appropriate time it will come again.

In the past two years, HTC has introduced three tablet Flyer, Evo View 4G, and a Jetstream in the U.S. market, which have adopted the Android system, but due to the impact from iPad and Nexus 7, none is on sale.

Gordon said: “This is a very valuable learning experience for us, and we will absolutely come back”.

Oct 102012
 

According to media reports, Barclays Bank analyst Ben Reitzes published studies reported that Apple’s next revolutionary product is probable to be the TV remote control instead of the TV itself.

Reitzes said iPad mini configured with 7.85-inch display which can be used as a TV remote control, which will be one of the first products used to expand the potential market for iOS devices, “We believe that the iPad mini’s 7.85-inch display can be used for traditional media consumption tasks – such as reading books and watching movies, but as time goes on, Apple will have more ideas to iPad mini. Apple strategy secret is not TV, but the TV remote control ” .

Reitz said in the report, “With iCloud, we did not find the reason that Apple didn’t make the iPad become the TV interface, users can use the virtual keyboards to complete the basic computing tasks – e-mails, viewing calendar, surfing the Internet, editing photos and chating through iMessage. The iPad will become the Central Command of digital home one day, the home automation companies have been testing this idea.

Reitzes expects Apple will launch its own brand of high-definition TV, but he also warns that, before reaching a favorable licensing terms with content providers, Apple will not launch the TV products.

In August, there were rumors that Apple would provide a cloud computing DVR (digital video recorder) functionality set-top box to cable TV companies. It is reported that the negotiations are still in progress, it is expected at least to 2013 they will reach an agreement.

Reitzes reiterated Apple’s stock “overweight” rating and target price is $810.

Oct 102012
 

Some notebook manufacturers recently lowered the price of their Windows 7 notebooks in the U.S. market, to make way for Windows 8 products listing.

For example, Acer cut down the price of the 11.6-inch Aspire one to $249; Asus also reduced the price of some 14.1 inches models to $299.

At the same time, many manufacturers, including Acer, Lenovo, Asus, Samsung and HP have launched the upcoming Windows 8 Tablet PCs.

Acer Iconia W700 is equipped with a 11.6-inch (1920×1080 resolution) IPS display and Core i3/i5 processor. Industry observers expect the product is priced from $799 onwards.

Asus is rumored to launch two Windows 8 tablets: Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT.

It is reported that Asus will join AT&T to launch the Vivo Tab TF600 in the United States. The model is equipped with a Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 11.6-inch (1366×768 resolution) IPS display and it’s priced at $599 onwards.

In addition, Samsung is about to launch three Windows 8 tablets: Ativ Smart PC, Ativ Smart PC Pro and Ativ Tab, among which the Ativ Smart PC Pro is equipped with the Intel Core i5 processor, while the Ativ Smart PC uses the Atom processor.

HP also released its Windows 8 tablet Elitepad 900, which is equipped with a 10.1-inch (1280×800) resolution display and Atom Z2760 processor. And it is expected that it will be listed in the first quarter of next year.

Oct 102012
 

According to media reports, industry analysts estimate that the Apple upcoming iPad mini may be even better than the previous iPad products in the design.

It is expected Apple will release the legend iPad mini later this month, although Apple has not confirmed the existence of the product, there are more and more rumors about the product.

After the listing, iPad mini major competitors in the 7-inch tablet market are Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire. According to Apple’s supply chain industry sources, although the iPad mini price is relatively low, Apple has never cut corners.

Oct 092012
 

As Windows8 will be released soon, Tablet PCs equipped with Windows 8 operating system began to stir, among which Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 gets a lot of attention. According to TechRadar reported that the ThinkPad the Tablet’s starting price will be set at $629, and this price does not include the keyboard and other accessories. According to the previous reports we has known that the ThinkPad Tablet 2 will be officially on sale at the same time with Windows 8 system on October 26, the first sale countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and Japan.

Oct 092012
 

According to a research report that Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani gave to investors this Monday that he expects Apple will sell 21.6 million units iPad in the fourth quarter. However, this forecast is only for Apple currently selling 9.7 inches iPad.

Daryanani said, if Apple launch the iPad Mini in the fourth quarter, then Apple may sell 8 million units iPad, which will bring Apple $2,0 billion net profit. This will allow the iPad sales reach 29.6 million units in the fourth quarter.

At the same time when this forecast released, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday that Apple has ordered 10 million units iPad Mini Tablet PC for the fourth quarter. This new 7.85-inch iPad is expected to be launched this month and sold before the Christmas shopping season.

It is said that Apple’s overseas suppliers have begun production of the iPad Mini. This Tablet PC display resolution is expected to be lower than the current iPad Retina Display configuration.

Apple iPad Mini is expected to compete with the smaller size of the Amazon Kindle Fire, Google Nexus 7 and Barnes&Noble Noble Nook Tablet PC on price. In recent weeks, the exposured iPad Mini components showed that iPad Mini has black and white twp colors, there is a model with cellular connectivity, which can access the internet on the move.

Last week, there were rumors that Apple will be issued invitation on Wednesday (October 10) to hold iPad Mini media conference. According to the previous product release schedules, this product launch will be held a week later on October 17, and the products will be sold before the end of the month.

Oct 092012
 

Samsung GALAXY S3 has already been on the market for a long time, from the feedback of market sales as well as the user’s point of view, it is a very successful product. Recently, the long-rumored Samsung GALAXY S3 mini re-emerges in people’s attention.

According to media reports, Samsung has issued invitations to the media that the new conference will be held in Germany on the 11th of this month, and according to news exposured before that the conference is very likely to release GALAXY S3 Mini (digital model GT-i8910). The latest news showed that Samsung GALAXY S3 Mini has passed the Wi-Fi Alliance certification, it will be powered by Qualcomm S4 dual-core processor, and equipped with a 4-inch WVGA level Super AMOLED touch screen.

Other aspects, Samsung GALAXY S3 Mini will run the latest Android 4.1 system, it is equipped with a 5-megapixel main camera, and a 2000 mAh battery which provides a long life time, while the price will probably be a highlight of the cellphone.

Oct 092012
 

According to media reports, the Apple iPhone 5 demand has been quite strong. Three days after iPhone 5 release on the September 21 the shipment has been over 5 million units, Apple said.

But Apple’s component suppliers in Asia indicate that Apple fans may need to wait a longer time before buying the iPhone 5.

The Foxconn labor disputes upgraded last weekend. The Wall Street Journal reported that Foxconn factory producing iPhone in China has labor disputes, but Foxconn denies employees stopping work due to this. Labor rights protection organization China Labor Watch said, in a Foxconn factory producing iPhone 5, as many as 4,000 employees stopped working, resulting in a day downtime of iPhone 5 production line. This is not the first time for Foxconn suffering labor disputes. Labor disputes may affect the production schedule of Foxconn, before the eve of the Christmas sales season, Foxconn is on full capacity to meet Apple’s needs.

Some analysts said the NAND flash memory chips in short supply may cause iPhone 5 out-of-stock. According to China Taiwan area network chip market DRAMeXchange, due to strong demand of consumer electronics manufacturers, in the past few weeks, the NAND flash memory chip prices rose sharply by 11%. Apple purchased NAND flash memory chips from several chip makers, including Samsung, Hynix and other manufactures. However, if it’s in a serious shortage, Apple will be forced to seek other suppliers. Apple has been part of the iPhone 5 memory chip orders transferred from Samsung to other chip manufacturers in Asia. Samsung market share is approximately 40% in NAND flash memory chip, Samsung smartphones and tablet PCs also uses its own flash memory chips.

iPhone 5 display uses a display technology called “in-cell”, which can reduce the thickness of the display. But Asia “in-cell” display suppliers are mainly LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display, who said that the “in-cell” display is more difficult to manufacture than traditional display. For example, Sharp began delivery of iPhone 5 screen from last month. Samsung uses a technology called “AMOLED” (active matrix organic light-emitting diode panel), therefore the “in-cell” display suppliers are relatively less.

Oct 082012
 

According to media reports, Microsoft is currently updating many procedures and tools releasing together with its windows 8. Within this week, Microsoft will summarize on the 50 locations changes in all the features caused by the windows 8 release, which includes the search, information, photo and music management functions.

According to reports, Microsoft is planned to officially release its Windows 8 system on October 26. Gabriel Aul, Microsoft Windows project management team member wrote in his blog: “With approaching to the windows 8 entering the public stage, there are many things that need Microsoft’s Windows team and other teams to complete to prepare for the release of Windows 8. The Windows 8 generic version release needs us to release many updates for many of its procedures.” These updates will affect Microsoft large-scale programs, which will run in Windows 8 system and Tablet PC platform Windows RT system. In addition, these updated procedures include the following ranges: SkyDrive (Microsoft’s online documentation system), E-mail, calendar, messages, photos, Bing, news, sports and other aspects. It is understood that Microsoft will have its programs had 50 places adjustments and changes, and Microsoft plans to continue updating these programs until the final release of windows 8.

Oct 082012
 

News from the technology blog MSNerd that Microsoft is cooperating with Huawei and MediaTek to launch a own brand Surface phone. Currently, Microsoft is recruiting the camera technicists.

Currently, the news has been confirmed by many sides. The news said that, unlike the previous market rumors, Microsoft Surface Mobile is not for the hign-end market, as MediaTek is known as its SOC solutions, which has been widely used in low-end smartphones in China. Similarly, Huawei channels are mainly located in China, where the market is very sensitive to product prices.

Microsoft is current partnership with Nokia, and it said it will not launch its own brand phone, not long ago, Nokia and Microsoft just cooperated and released the Lumia920 and Lumia820 equipped with the WP8 operating system. Through the cooperation with Huawei and MediaTek, that Microsoft launched its own low-end mobile phone will not only meet the needs of more users, but also not it will not become direct competition against Nokia.