Dec 252012

64-bit operating system: Surface Pro is a 64-bit Tablet PC and it has Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge, while the Surface RT is only with 32-bit.

Security: It provides same level of safety performance with Windows laptop, it also has built-in BitLocker encryption feature for hard disk data encryption.

Screen/interface: The Surface Pro 10.6 inches screen and 1920 x 1080 pixels is sufficient to compare to the desktop screen. In addition, it also has a Mini Display Port, full-size USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card slot and headphone jack.

The stylus: The Surface Pro will be equipped with a pen, although some people think it is outdated, still part of the business people are using it.

The tablet is a running Windows 8 system and using Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor Tablet PC, the resolution is 1920×1080, these configurations are similar to the configuration of the Surface Pro’s.

The Iconia W700 tablet computer performs well, it has no pressure to play high-definition video,access to social networking site and office. In addition, this tablet battery life is 7 hours and 19 minutes.

In addition, the media CNET editor said in the beginning of the year, he had the opportunity to use the Samsung tablet powered by Intel Core i5 processor, when the device was running Windows 8 developer preview, CNET editor said, the Tablet with i5 processor running fast is much faster than the iPad 2′s.

If the speed of the Surface Pro is also amazing, plus it can run all Windows 7 applications, it is believed that this device will be very attractive for business people.

Dec 252012

According to media reports, Nokia is planning to restart the Tablet PC program, and is expected to launch Tablet PC with 10.1-inch display and Microsoft Windows RT operating system in 2013, which is similar to Microsoft’s Surface Tablet PC previously announced.

This tablet PC with 10.1-inch display will be equipped with an HDMI port and a USB port, and the screen is very similar with Microsoft Surface RT screen. According to sources, Nokia Tablet PC will be equipped with cellular data connectivity, and the U.S. mobile operator AT&T will be one channel of the Nokia Tablet PC starting cooperation.

The focus of the Nokia Tablet PC is its battery and matching shell design. It is reported that Nokia will launch a special “jacket” for this product, Nokia Tablet PC is just like a book when folded. When open, this jacket can be used as Tablet PC’s keyboard and bracket. Nokia also designs a built-in battery for this special tablet PC “jacket” used to charge the device. In addition, this jacket also has two USB ports to expand the connectivity of the device.

It is worth mentioning that this Nokia’s device has very strong battery life performance, which is about 10 hours, and fast charging in a short time.

According to sources, this former Finnish giant is planning to initially build its own production line of tablet PC, and it’s most likely to select the Windows 8 operating system as the default system. Nokia’s first tablet will run on the ARM chip architecture, and will be powered by Microsoft’s latest Windows RT operating system. Nokia may launch this tablet on Mobile World Congress in February next year at the earliest.

Nokia declined to comment, the company spokesman said: “The company does not comment on market rumors and speculation.”

Dec 252012

According to media reports, in an event on Monday, the U.S. famous Internet industry investor Mark Cuban said, Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone performance far exceeds that of the Apple iPhone 5.

In the activities, Cuban was asked which electronic products he is using. Cuban replied, lately he replaced his smart phones, which is to replace the original iPhone 5 with the  new Nokia Windows Phone Lumia 920.

Cuban said: “I have an Apple MacBook Air laptop, but I plan to try to use pre-installed Windows 8 Acer notebook. I like my Windows 8 phone, I have two phones, the first is Samsung and the second is the iPhone 5. And the new Nokia Windows phone replaced my iPhone 5.

When asked Why replaced the iPhone 5 with Lumia 920, Kuban said: “Lumia 920 performance exceeds the iPhone 5′s, more than a little.”

But some people in the industry think that the saying that Lumia 920 performance is far more than the iPhone 5, may represent the views of Cuban himself. Lumia 920 hardware configuration is good, such as wireless charging function, touch screen response and so on, but compared with the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S II, Lumia 920 is not so thin and light, and the weight is also heavier. On the other hand, compared with the iPhone and various Android phones, the Windows Phone mobile phone application choice is not that more.

Dec 202012

Following the isting of ASUS Taiji dual screen ultrabook and the cheap S400 series ultrabook, Asus will release the brand new BU400/BU500 series commercial ultrabook on December 21. This series ultrabooks will not only be equipped with the latest Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, but also be equipped with the NVS 5200M discrete graphics.

The ASUS BU400/BU500 series ultrabooks exterior design inspiration is from the extractive file folder, it uses unibody shell, the thickness is only about 20mm and it weighs 1.64kg. As a business ultrabook, Asus BU400/BU500 uses steady dark color, and has high strength reinforced LCE carbon fiber structure, shockproof hard disk, the spill-resistant keyboard, large size touchpad, anti-glare screen and some other safety control.

In terms of hardware configuration, this series will be equipped with Ivy Bridge platform Intel i5 or i7 processor, NVIDIA Optimus NVS5200M discrete graphics and SSD solid state drive. It has USB3.0, VGA, HDMI, audio interface, card reader and security lock, and it’s pre-installed Windows8 operating system.

In addition, it is revealed that on the 21st conference Asus may also show the B43 series, P43/P53 Series, E Series and PU500 series new products.

Dec 072012

According to media reports, market analysts on Wednesday said that the market currently has a very strong demand for the Windows 8 touch screen PC.

Bob O’Donnell, vice president of market research firm IDC projects said, ” the touch screen PC sales have actually exceeded market expectations.” This means that the supply of these products have been shortage. O’Donnell said that some vendors in fact have already been facing the problem of shortages, because the touch screen panel supply is extremely limited. Sellers said that they currently can not get enough touch-screen devices to meet consumer needs.

Another market research firm Rhoda Alexander also said, “We have been explored with a number of PC manufacturers, they had some trouble in obtaining the touch screen panel. Some dealers said, Windows 8 the touch screen PC has a shortage situation. ”

Microsoft Windows CMO and CFO Tami Reller said last week that the store shelves were currectly not with “adequate” touch screen devices.

The touch screen PC includes the standard laptop with a touch screen, hybrid notebook- tablet PC, and tablet PC. Under normal circumstances, the touch screen PC’s price is more expensive than the standard non-touch screen laptop.

Currently, Microsoft’s official online store is selling series of tablet PCs and hybrid laptops, including the $499 Acer Iconia W510, the $779 ASUS VivoTab, as well as the $849 HP Envy x2. Touchscreen laptops include the $699 Asus VivoBook, the $1,299 Acer Aspire S7, the $899 Sony Vaio T13, and the $1,349 HP Spectre XT TouchSmart.

IDC’s O’Donnell added, however, the non-touch screen Windows 8 PC’s current sales are not very good. The analyst said: ” the non-touch screen PC sales are lower than the market expection, if the sales of high-end equipment is better than expected, it will be a good thing, but not enough to make up for the sales of low-end products.”

Dec 052012

Recently rumors about Microsoft Surface Pro tablet undoubtedly bring more pressure to the hardware manufacturers, the traditional laptop is increasingly developing to diversified trend. The documents from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission show that, Gigabyte may launch a 11-inch rotating screen notebook computers based on the Windows 8 platform.

According to reports, this product coded U2142 most important feature is that it has a rotatable 11.6-inch touch screen with a resolution of 1336 × 768. Seen from the picture,  it can use as a Tablet PC if the screen is flipped. The product is equipped with the Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, 256GB mSATA solid state drive or 1TB mechanical hard, with a chiclet keyboard and a larger touchpad. The body thickness is 21mm and it weighs 1.5 kg. The CNET Asia site revealed that they already have operating experience of this rotating screen notebook, although the configuration details are not yet clear, its price may be for a minimum of $999.

Dec 052012

Microsoft recently announced the Surface Pro based on full version Window system will be listed in January next year, and it is called as the full version PC and the full version Tablet PC, but the price is almost the same with some notebooks and Ultrabook. It is reported that the price of the 64GB version Surface Pro is $899, and the 128GB version is $999, and it can use all Windows 7 applications. Both models are equipped with digital pen, but without the keyboard and protective sleeve, users can get both with additional $130.

It is understood that the Surface RT supported by Nvidia has been sold in Microsoft’s retail stores and its website on October 26, and it’s priced from $ 499. But the Surface and Windows 8′s new design failed to bring enough to the Windows system users. According to sources of the supply chain, Microsoft has cut Surface Tablet PC orders to 2 million units, half lower than the original booking 4 million units. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also said this tablet PC sales is “moderate” at the beginning.

Due to the use of Intel chips and Windows 8 operating system, rather than the Surface RT AMR-chip and Windows RT system, the Surface Pro can run the existing Windows program. The Surface Pro Tablet PC with Intel chips also uses a similar keyboard protective cover and bracket, but the weight and size specifications are larger, this tablet PC is running based on the the i5 chip and the display resolution is 1920×1080. The Surface RT weight is less than 2 pounds and the thickness is less than 14 mm, while the Surface Pro is heavier and thicker.

Dec 042012

According to media reports, there are rumors that Samsung is to develop a low-cost version of the Galaxy Note II phone for the European market, the configuration is slightly lower than the standard version of the Galaxy Note II.

Earlier this year, Samsung released Galaxy S III Mini smartphone oriented mid-market. It is reported that the cheap version of the Galaxy Note II configuration is lower, without the S-Pen stylus functionality and Super AMOLED display.

It’s reported that Samsung will also launch a 13.3-inch tablet PC, which is compatible with the QWERTY keyboard base to compete with rivals Asus and other similar products. And it’s not clear if the rumored products will be powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system or Google Android operating system.

Dec 032012

Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 strategic layout has just begun, not to mention the popularity of Windows 8, the Windows Phone 8 mobile phone promotion has also just begun. Currently the most popular WP8 phone is undoubtedly the Nokia Lumia920, of course, the HTC 8X is also a good machine, but Windows Phone 8 is far more than that, the mysterious HTC Titan Ⅲ appeared on the Xbox Live Rewards is an expecting new product.

You may be a bit strange of HTC Titan Ⅲ, if going back a few months in time, when we returned to before the HTC 8X official release, if you can remember the other two mobile phones beside the Accord – the entry level HTC Rio and HTC Zenith more high-end than the Accord. In fact, the HTC Accord is the HTC 8X.

The HTC Titan Ⅲ is likelyto be the Zenith, it has 4.7-inch 720p SLCD second-generation screen, 8 megapixel camera, and a quad-core Qualcomm Xiao Long processor. HTC Titan Ⅲ will be formally debut probably on the CES2013 or MWC2013.

Nov 272012

In the view of the former Sun Microsystems engineer, the user usability guru Jakob Nielsen, Windows 8 most prominent problem is that it uses two different sets of interface at the same time, multi-window function missing, and flat visual style lead discoverability declined. He even asserted: Microsoft has committed a decision-making error by trying to integrate tablet and desktop sets interface into an operating system.

Nielsen made a further expression on his viewpoint when accepted the U.S. IT website Computerworld interview and in the renowned usability Blog Use It. He said, Microsoft has insufficient understanding in Tablet PC and desktop computer operating system, Microsoft’s decision is a pure and pute decision-making mistake, they can not use the same Windows in both tablet and PC. Windows 8 user availability is poor, extremely poor. ”

Nielsen also said, Windows 8 should not be forced to abandon the operation elements that users become accustomed to. Nielsen also does not agree on Metro style, as well as the low information density the style brings. Nielsen gave the following assessment on the Metro-style Bing Finance and the Los Angeles Times application using in Windows 8 platform :

“Even in a 10.6-inch tablet, Bing Finance Home can only accommodate a report and three share price. Nor is the Los Angeles Times, its home has only three headlines and an ad, in fact the headline news title can not be displayed in full, the summary has only seven words space. ”

Although Windows 8 is just released, the above questions Nelson mentioned are unable to be resolved through Service Pack or platform update. For application developers, they still have chance to adjust, improve and further innovation.