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 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.

Nov 292012
 

Currently, Microsoft, Asus and Lenovo have officially sold their NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core ARM processor based Windows RT tablet products, according to media quoted the NVIDIA website article as saying, the Windows RT has not fully played Tegra 3 processor entire performance so far.

It’s because Windows RT system also can not perfectly match with the 4-PLUS-1 Quad-Core with a 5th Battery Saver Core specially design Tegra 3 used, which allows processor to decid the participating number of core data processing according to the user’s current workload, and the companion core role is to handle the low power consumption task such as standby, music and video playback, in order to maximize the savings on electricity consumption.

However, the reality is that Windows RT equipment can not normally use the companion core in Tegra 3, but to enable one of the four high-performance cores to process low-power task, thereby increasing the overall power consumption of the Windows RT devices, this is why the Tegra 3 device operating frequency in Windows RT is lower than in Android devices.

Nov 152012
 

A few days ago, we have reported that Microsoft decided the graphics software DirectX 11.1 is exclusive for Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Server 2012, and there are no plans to make it available on Windows 7, but it seems that now Microsoft has changed its idea, according to the latest Windows and DirectX blog, it will soon release Windows 7 DirectX 11.1 same as the IE10.

The blog said in the future they will add DirectX 11.1 on Windows 7 platform and does not include Windows Server 2008 R2:

At the same tine the blog also said these new features will also be applied on Windows 7 platform, but still part of the functions are exclusive for Windows 8 system.

Oct 252012
 

ASUS held a new conference in New York and released its full range of windows 8 products, including notebooks, tablet PCs, and AIO equipments. Asus chairman Johnny Shih showed Asus new products, including dual screen Tai chi notebook, the touch screen VivoBook Series notebook, Zenbook ultrabook, VivoTab series tablet, Transformer Book deformable notebook and so on.

The Tai chi dual-screen notebook is the focus of the ASUS conference, it uses dual IPS HD touch screen design, 11.6-inch screen, Core i5/i7 processor, 4GB RAM, 128/256GB solid state drive, and it’s priced at $1,299, and will be on market in early November. The two screens can display same content and different content, and also it can be used as a tablet when closed the screen.

The VivoBook is newly launched series, and it has 11.6, 14 and 15-inch three sub-series, all using the touch screen, among which the 11.6-inch adopts Core i3 processor, 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive S200.

The new Zenbook series are high-end ultrabooks adopting full HD resolution touch screen, and it’s targeted at high-end users.

The VivoTab Series is ASUS newly launched windows series tablet, including with windows RT system, Tegra3 processor and 10.1-inch screen VivoTab RT; using windows 8 system, Atom processor, 11.6-inch screen and with the stylus VivoTab tablet; and the use of windows 8, Atom processor, 10.1-inch screen and equipped with the Smart Keyboard Cover VivoTab Smart Tablet. The VivoTab RT weighs only 530g, and it is the lightest 10-inch tablet. It has 16 hours battery life with the base.

Transformer Book deformable laptop can remove the screen to become a tablet and it is currently the thinnest Core i7 tablet.

Although some products has unpublished price and time-to-market, with the official release of the Microsoft windows 8, Asus full line windows 8 devices will also be on sale soon.

Oct 252012
 

Microsoft will release Windows 8 soon in New York. There will display the Windows RT Tablet PC and other OEM manufacturers Windows 8 devices. Windows 8 will release four versions, the official retail price has not been announced, and there are only three upgrade programs. Windows 8 will be on sale simultaneously on October 26 in the global.

Four versions

Windows 8 will release four versions, namely Windows 8 (regular edition), Windows 8 Pro (Professional Edition), Windows 8 Enterprise (Enterprise Edition) and Windows RT (ARM version). The first two versions can be gained from retail channel, Enterprise Edition can only be purchased by registered users. Windows RT will be bundled with the hardware devices, not for separate retail.

Three upgrade programs

Previously, Microsoft announced in the official blog, users needs only $15 minimumly to upgrade to Windows 8. There are three upgrade options to be selected.

The following are detailed upgrade program:

1. Personal computer user who purchases notebooks pre-loaded with Windows 7 operating system between June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013, can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional Edition with only $15, and this registered service will be closed on February 28, 2013.

2. If your PC is running Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, you can download Windows 8 upgrade with $40, which is effective to 131 markets.

3. To buy the system in the shop, the upgraded Windows 8 Pro with DVD packaging is priced at $70, which is the promotional price. Windows 8 Pro upgrade promotion will end on January 31, 2013, you can purchase online or in a shop.

Oct 182012
 

Although there are many versions rumors, but that Microsoft yesterday disclosed the price of its own brand first Tablet PC Surface shocked the industry, as its 16G, 32G, 64G price is exactly the same with Apple’s latest generation equivalent version ipad. Different from Apple’s indifference to the Chinese mainland market, Surface chose to launch first in the Chinese mainland market, Suning becomes Microsoft Surface exclusive online sales platform in China.

Industry was originally expected that Microsoft will unveiled the price of the Surface officially on October 26 same day as Windows 8′s, but Microsoft disclosed the price of the Surface in advance, and also announced the Surface pre-installed the Windows RT version began a limited pre-order, the industry thoufgt that the software giant which has always been quite satisfactory also began to pay attention to the marketing strategy.

Its Surface pre-installed Windows RT sales price is exactly the same with wifi version Apple new ipad price released in March of this year in the U.S. market, including 16G, 32G , 64G are separately $499, $599 and $699, lower than the minimum price the industry had expected.

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 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 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.