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 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 182012
 

Previously, there were news that according to the latest report of Internet market research firm Net Applications, from August Microsoft’s Windows 7 operating system market share for the first exceeded the Windows XP 42.52% market share with a slim margin of 42.72%. Adobe today announced the next generation Photoshop will no longer be compatible with Windows XP system.

“Photoshop team will publish a notice in advance, that is Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last version Photoshop compatible with the Windows XP operating system, the next version Adobe will need Windows 7 or later operating system,” Adobe’s product manager Tom Hogarty said in his blog Photoshop.

It is unclear whether the Adobe new version Photoshop will restrict the user to install in XP system or completely incompatible with the XP system. Previously Adobe said that Photoshop CS6 was not compatible with Windows Vista, but users can still install and run Photoshop CS6 in Windows Vista system. But the situation is different, the reason why the Photoshop CS6 is still compatible with XP, is that XP has more users than Vista when it was released.

Tom Hogarty also pointed out in his blog:, the main reason why Adobe Photoshop CS7 is not compatible with XP system is this latest Adobe Photoshop software needs some of the latest graphics hardware interface supports, while these new graphics hardware interface is the Windows XP system does not have, especially the system graphics processor GPU hardware interface support. Photoshop development team said in the new Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system, Adobe Photoshop CS7 software will provide users with better operating performance and experience.

Sep 172012
 

AMD company is currently doing preparatory work for the company’s first Tablet PC processor release in the fourth quarter, this processor is named Hondo. Allegedly, this chip uses the same 40-nanometer production process with Brazos2.0. News from AMD vice president Steve Belt confirmed that Hondo will only support an operating system, that is the upcoming officially releasing Windows 8 system.

Hondo with Intel’s Clover Field will become ARM-based processor selected object in late next year. Performance comparison of the two products has not yet been released. But most applications in Windows 8 environment is optimized by DirectX, seen from this point, AMD’s iGPU occupies a certain advantage. However, seen from the power consumption, the 40-nanometer technology is significantly inferior to Intel’s 32-nanometer or 22-nanometer products.

The real comparative results will be known until the release of ARM version Windows 8 system.

Sep 132012
 

Recently, Microsoft announced that it will launch updating program for Windows 8 IE10 version Flash to repair the existing “Unable to get the new version of Flash” vulnerabilities. Microsoft initially plans not to provide updates until the Windows 8 official release on October 26.

It is reported that this procedure is soon coming, and then there may have been kept up to date. On this point, unless Microsoft and Adobe reached a cooperation on update issues , or in the future the IE10 will be likely to exposed in the risk again and again. However, For Windows 8 users, it is the most sensible to be more careful about Microsoft’s recent update.

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.

Sep 072012
 

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unexpectedly appeared on the Nokia Lumia phone news conference held in New York City on Wednesday. Ballmer said that this year is a Windows year. Apparently, Ballmer wants the world to know that Microsoft will use Windows 8, Windows phone 8 and the Windows RT to reinvent Windows brand.

In the news conference, Ballmer predicted that within a year, the world will have 400 million units Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 hardware products. Windows 8 products include PCs, laptops, tablet PCs and mixer. The Windows Phone 8 products include smartphones.

This really is an ambitious number. However, this figure is certainly feasible, because the PC makers will start on October 26 to install Windows 8 on new PCs. New PC sales growth has slowed, but there will be many new PCs installing Windows 8 in hard drive.

The biggest problem now is how much will be running Windows Phone 8 among the 400 million hardware devices.

Aug 282012
 

We previously reported that the world’s largest PC manufacturer, Hewlett-Packard, will pay for users Windows 8 upgrading who buy new Windows 7 computers until to February 2, 2013. Then, there are media linking it to the world’s second-largest PC maker Lenovo, and when asked whether Lenovo would take the same measures with HP, they got a negative response. In this regard, the Lenovo’s spokesman did not give a reason.

Microsoft had previously said, users buying a new Windows 7 computer within a specified period will get full subsidy of $14.99. Some PC companies have decided to offer a free upgrading service.