Review Category : Windows 8

Samsung has revealed the US pricing of its Windows 8 tablets, PCs and laptops at an event yesterday. They will be releasing two tablets, the Samsung Ativ Smart PC 500T tablet which will be priced at $650 without a keyboard (an extra $100). It has an Intel Core i5 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 64 GB SSD. The Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro 700T tablet will be priced at $1,200 and has an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128 GB SSD. Their touch-screen laptops will range from $450  for a Series 3 notebook to $1,400 for the high end Series 9 Premium Ultrabook. They will also sell two all-in-one PCs that will range from $800 to $1,700 for the 27 inch Series 7. All of the devices will go on sale on October 26th. Via Neowin.net ...

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Microsoft today started their marketing of Surface in TV with their new ad. Earlier today Microsoft posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. This is just start of the $400 million marketing campaign Microsoft has planned for the upcoming Surface. What do you think of this first TV ad? ...

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Except for the issue that many new features will not be coming to Windows Phone 7, Xbox Music Pass only adds features to Zune Pass for subscribers, who can look forward to a cross-platform music streaming client, a bigger library, portable playlists and eventually the ability to plug the holes in the streaming selection by uploading your own tracks. Microsoft sent the above circular to their Zune Pass subscribers informing them of the same, and also, as a sweetener, offered them 1,000 Microsoft Points, which should be just about enough to hire a movie or buy a few tracks, which is not bad for doing nothing. Let the Xbox Music party begin! Via Neowin.net. Thanks Amedeo for the tip. ...

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European retailer Expert is ready to jump in on Windows 8, and has posted a giant circular, scanned by Windowsblogitalia, describing their new range of Windows 8 notebooks, ultrabooks, and tablets. Of particular interest in the tablet section above, showing the cheapest Windows RT tablet, the Asus TF600T, costing 599 Euro, while adding 3G brings it up to 699 Euro. Adding another 100 Euro will get you an x86 tablet, the ATOM powered Samsung ATIV smartPC, which fortunately comes with the full range of keyboard docks and pens. Do our readers agree these RT tablets are a bit expensive? Let us know below. ...

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In a press release Logitech has announced a new keyboard specifically designed for Windows 8. The Logitech® Bluetooth® Illuminated Keyboard K810 is a rechargeable Bluetooth keyboard with some special Windows 8 keys, including the Windows 8 Start key which provides a quick and easy way to get back to your Start Screen, and App Switching function key which allows you to quickly switch among your open apps. The design features  real brushed aluminium and sleek lines, and auto-adjusting illumination to ensures the laser-etched key characters are always bright and easy to read. The keyboard also uses proximity detection to turn on the lighting when your hands approach it, and automatically dims or brightens, depending on the amount of light in the room. “It’s increasingly common for people to use more than one device over the course of the day, and we saw an opportunity to help ease the transition among ...

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That did not take long. There has been a lot of speculation about muted demand for Windows 8, so it must be of some reassurance to Microsoft that pre-orders for the Windows 8 Pro DVD edition at $69.99 has stormed to the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers list and has been sitting there for the last 4 days, despite a much cheaper download option being available. Microsoft has projected that they will sell 400 million copies of Windows 8 over the next year, and is in the process of spending $1.5 billion on advertising the new operating system. I suspect this showing is just the start of shutting the critics up. Via Neowin.net ...

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  Acer yesterday announced couple of new All-in-ones expanding its Windows 8 launch line-up.  A 23-inch Aspire 5600U and the 27-inch Aspire 7600U are the two models which will go on sale from $1150 and $1950 respectively. Both these models will come with a 1080p display, 8GB  RAM and 1TB of storage. The Aspire 7600U comes with a discrete NVIDIA GT640M GPU with 2GB of video memory and  Aspire 5600U comes with integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics. Both are powered by latest Intel Core i5 processors and will have array of ports such as HDMI, USB, etc,. Are you looking to buy one of these?         ...

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Microsoft started marketing its upcoming Surface tablet device months ago. The first medium they chose was the traditional street arts. These Surface street arts were spotted in several cities in US. You can see some of them here. Microsoft Surface team today posted a time lapse video showing the making of Surface street art. You can watch it above and let us know what do you think ? ...

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The $1.5 billion ad campaign for Windows 8 is now in full swing , with a  custom TV ad showing up in the season premiere of AMC The Walking Dead. The ad shows a person using a Windows 8-based tablet with a Walking Dead-themed interactive experience.  The person was also instant messaging a friend while watching the episode.  The ad appears to suggest a gaming element, with one actor turning into a zombie, with the IM message saying  they could not wait to “eat you.” AMC has a feature called StorySync on the official Walking Dead website that allows people to participate in trivia questions, polls and more while they are watching live episodes via a web browser, and this may be a suggestion that a similar app will be coming to Windows 8 tablets. The Windows 8 ad campaign launched on the 13th and should reach a crescendo on ...

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AMD has announced its new Z-60 “Hondo” APU which combines a x86 dual-core chip with a Radeon HD 6250 GPU in a low-powered package designed for Windows 8 tablets. AMD claims the chip will allow tablets to pay Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at 1024×768 resolution and 30 fps, and be cheaper than equivalent Intel (presumably ATOM) chips. There is a price however, with the chipset drawing 4.5W vs  1.7W from the Intel Atom Z2760 “Clover Trail” chipset, which translates into 6 vs 8 hours battery life and 2 vs 3 weeks of standby time from a 30 Wh battery. The higher power chip also needs more cooling, resulting in a 10mm thick tablets vs 8.5mm for the Clovertrail processor. The Z-60 offers support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and Microsoft Direct X 11 support. The first tablets based on the AMD Z-60 APU ...

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Sony recently revealed the Sony Vaio Tap 20, the first of what they call a new category called Tabletop PC. This CNET video above gives a quick demo of the features. Looking like a typical All-in-one, the 20 inch touch screen device differentiates itself by also having a battery which can provide up to 3 hours of autonomy, making it possible to take the PC from room to room or from the desk to a couch easily. "VAIO Tap 20 is creating a new category of PC’s by combining desktop PC functionality, battery-powered mobility, and multi-angle viewing," said Steven Nickel, VP, Sony VAIO. "This along with the innovative VAIO Duo 11 and the intuitive touch solutions incorporated across our existing PC portfolio, offers consumers flexibility to optimize their Windows 8 experience. Through the combination of compelling applications, Sony’s network services, and cross device connectivity, VAIO is leading the way in ...

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Right on schedule, the first of the $1.5 Billion campaign ads to market Windows 8 has launched. The ad focuses on touch and family friendliness, and ends with the tag line “Windows reimagined” and the Windows 8 launch date 26th October 2012. The Crispin Porter + Bogusky agency effort seems a bit light for a first effort – hopefully we will see something more exciting in later ads. Via The Verge.com ...

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The Asus Vivo Tab RT is set to cost about $600, but it seems UK punters may be able to get it a lot cheaper, if they sign up for a long contract of course. Carrier 3 UK has announced that the WindowsRT tablet will be available directly from them. The 10.1 inch tablet is powered by 1.3 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and  2 GB RAM comes with 4G LTE (not a feature of 3’s network however). If the idea of a subsidized tablet tickles your fancy, express your interest at 3 here. Via EasternMorningHerald.com ...

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Geekwire took an old Samsung Windows 8 tablet to an Apple store and asked punters there what they thought of the OS. The reception appears to be much warmer than one would expect, and hopefully this will be reflected in sales when the OS and devices running it debuts at the end of this month. Via MobilityDigest.com Thanks Bugbog for the tip. ...

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We have just seen the Acer Iconia W510 offering great value at 499  Euro ($648 or £403) for a x86 tablet with dock. Now we see the opposite side of the spectrum, with Amazon UK offering pre-orders for the Samsung ATIV TAB 10.1 inch tablet for £549.99 (682 Euro, $884). The ARM tablet has a 1.5 ghz dual-core processor and 2 GB RAM and of course runs Windows RT.  The package does not appear to include anything extra such as a dock or keyboard, making the price appear to be pretty poor value. Given that we are having x86 tablets selling for cheaper than ARM tablets, do our readers think those tablets have any future? Let us know below. Thanks Erno for the tip. ...

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