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

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 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

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.

Sep 282012

According to media reports, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said after using the company latest Windows 8 operating system which is scheduled to launch next month, “Windows 8 is a very exciting product and its release has a vital role for Microsoft. ”

Gates revealed in an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday, he has begun to use Windows 8, and it is very satisfying.

Windows 8 system is the product which Microsoft has made the biggest changes over the past decade on Windows system. The company is trying to continue to maintain its leading position today’s world where mobile devices have begun to fully beyond the PCs through this product.

“Company hardware partners are trying to take advantage of the new features of our products, which is a very important point,” Gates said.

Microsoft previously announced that Windows 8 operating system, as well as the new version Internet Explorer browser will be released on October 26.

Industry insiders estimate that Windows 8 will completely replace Windows 7 in almost all personal computers sold to consumers to become the flagship operating system, this system has had tremendous change in the user-machine interaction. Windows 8 has multiple versions, and in addition to the PCs, it can also run on the tablet PC and smartphone platforms.

Microsoft has become more than just a company who only develops computer operating system, Microsoft’s business scope also includes providing computer services for the enterprise and selling Xbox consoles for the gaming enthusiasts, but the Windows business is always the most important part in Microsoft business segments, and it also occupies Microsoft’s a large part revenue.

In 2011, Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Live department received a total of $19 billion in revenue, accounting for 27% of total revenues of $69.9 billion.

Sep 262012

Intel CEO Paul Otellini criticized Microsoft Windows 8 system that this operating system is still flawed in meeting with employees in Taiwan, and accused Microsoft released the system before it is ready.

Otellini said Windows 8 still needs some improvements. But he also said, it is the right decision to release this operating system for Microsoft before a completely ready, because it helps Microsoft and PC makers in the crucial holidays to compete with Apple in the shopping season. He also said that Microsoft can make improvements after Windows 8 shipments.

Microsoft and Intel have been closely cooperated in the past few years, but the relations between the two sides get nervous during the Microsoft was developing Windows 8, it’s because Windows 8 will be the first Windows system running based on ARM architecture, and not all are based on the Intel x86 architecture. Recent the AMR version Windows RT operating system has been facing with defeat, such as Toshiba and Hewlett-Packard Company canceled production Windows RT equipments plan. At the same time, Windows 8 system is basically developing in accordance with established track, Intel has released a variety of tablet PCs and notebook designs based on this system, and plans to convene a tablet computer conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

Intel spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday, the company’s staff meeting is private, Intel will not disclose specific details. The spokesman said: “We continue to believe that Windows 8 is a comprehensive major opportunity, and we are excited about the prospect of ultrabook, tablet PCs and deformable notebooks new shape coefficient.

Microsoft plans to officially release the Windows 8 operating system on October 26, the company issued a statement and said it looked forward to allowing this system to become available next month. Microsoft spokesman said: “Windows 8 active trial number is as many as 16 million people, which is the best operating system in Microsoft history with most testings and evaluation, and preparation work.”

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.