I did not find HP’s promotional videos for their tablets very inspiring, but this Dell video for the Dell Latitude 10 tablet, aimed at a very different audience, that being enterprise, is exactly the opposite, doing a very good job of setting out the features and advantages of their tablet. If there is anything that could be faulted in the video is that it does not go much into the features of Windows 8, but it is likely it is much more important to businesses that their legacy apps run than what shows up in the Windows 8 Store. The device runs Windows 8 on a Atom Z2760 processor, 2 GB RAM, with a 10.1 inch 1366×768 pixel IPS screen with Gorilla Glass, 64 GB SSD and the option for a HSDPA or LTE modem. See the device and its specs at Dell here. ...

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  Wired posted the above picture, showing the wide range of Windows 8 hybrid tablets/laptops which will be hitting the market shortly. While there is a lot of trepidation about the reception Windows 8 will have in in the market, it does enable a wide variety of new form factors which may boost the moribund laptop market. “I do believe the convertibles have the ability to draw consumer attention,” IHS iSuppli analyst Craig Stice says. “The question of course will boil down to price with these new convertibles and how competitive they will be able to be versus the tablet.” Companies likeHP, Dell, Lenovo, Sony, Acer, Samsung, Toshiba, and Asus have all started pushing into this new category of convertible devices, with devices ranging in price for $700 to $1600, with the majority priced similar to an ultrabook. “Hybrid devices will not drive the overall growth [of the PC market] ...

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Along with the details about pricing, specs and availability of Surface tablet, Microsoft also posted a video on YouTube about the behind the scenes process that happened during the making of Surface. As you can see from the video above, Microsoft focused on every part of the tablet is of high quality and serves its purpose. Microsoft Surface is not same as anything in the current tablet market and has lots of unique features. Some of them are the Vapour Magnesium build, TouchCover, etc,. Enjoy the video above. You can pre-order Microsoft Surface here.  ...

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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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Digitimes reports that Taiwan-based notebook ODMs have discovered the impact of tablets like the iPad is less than they expected, as consumers discover they are good for entertainment, but not for getting work and studying done. The iPad has created new demand instead of eroding existing demand for notebooks, said Wistron chairman Simon Lin. However, iPad has absorbed a portion of consumer budgets, causing delays in replacement notebook purchases, Lin said. Notebooks are expected to regain demand after the launches of Intel’s Ivy Bridge in the second quarter and Microsoft’s Windows 8 in the fourth, Lin indicated. The X86 version of Windows 8 uniquely combines the productivity benefits of mouse and keyboard and a multi-window user interface with the full-screen touch interface of tablets. Regarding the global outlook for notebooks in the second half of 2012, Acer, Asustek Computer and Samsung Electronics are optimistic while Hewlett-Packard and Dell are neutral, ...

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Digitimes, the great eastern rumour house, claims to have identified the ODM for the Microsoft Surface tablets and have fingered Pegatron Technology. Citing industry sources in the notebook market, they have also placed some bottom ends on the prices of the tablets, saying the Windows RT-based model, featuring Nvidia’s Tegra 3, will be priced above US$599, while the Windows 8 Pro-based Surface tablet PC with Ivy Bridge processor is expected to be at least above US$799. At $599 that would price the RT tablet at the equivalent price to the 32 GB iPad with WIFI only, making the price not as expensive as it appears. At $799 the Surface Pro would be priced cheaper than the iPad 64 GB with WIFI and 3G, costing $829, and it is of course a pretty low price for a full PC with an Ivy Bridge processor. Digitimes notes Microsoft only expects limited profits ...

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It seems the new Windows 8 tablets will not be bereft of high end gaming. Unlike Windows Phone 7 they will have direct access to the metal of the processor, meaning high end game engines should run perfectly fine on the OS. It seems however it was not Windows 8 but the Microsoft Surface which enthused Epic CEO Mark Rein, who tweeted that he “Can’t wait to get some Unreal Engine games on those babies!”  which is likely what Microsoft intention has been all along with producing their own tablet – to “prime the pump” of the Windows 8 ecosystem. Shall we start the count down for Infinity Blade in Windows 8 marketplace now? Via Game Trailers.com ...

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Morgan Stanley has conducted a survey which shows Microsoft could slip near instantly into the second spot in the tablet market. According to their survey 25% of those intending to buy a tablet were planning to buy a Windows 8 tablet, ahead of 22% who intend to buy an Android tablet. It seems its all about Office, said Morgan Stanley analyst Katie Huberty. “Our survey indicated Microsoft Office is the most important software feature to consider when purchasing a tablet, especially for first-time purchasers,” Huberty says. “Sixty-one percent of prospective tablet purchasers indicated that Office was the most important software feature vs. 44 percent for current tablet owners — which suggests there may be pent up demand for a tablet offering with a prepackaged Office bundle.” The finding likely explains why Google purchased Quick Office, but also leaves Microsoft with a dilemma. The company has been working on an Office ...

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  TAIPEI, TAIWAN (June 4, 2012) – Acer presents two of its newest Windows® 8 tablets at Computex Taipei. The ICONIA W510 evolves the computing experience with three different modes of touchscreen operation, while the ICONIA W700 is the best-performing Windows 8 tablet with the added versatility of a cradle. Both designed to set new standards in ergonomics and user-friendliness. The most unique part of the W510 tablet is the tri-mode, allowing users to touch, type and view. Aside from the conventional tablet mode, it can be used in productivity mode. A detachable keyboard dock can be connected to the tablet for optimal typing as well as extending the battery life up to 18 hours. Rotating the tablet 295 degrees allows it to be used in presentation mode, which is excellent for watching a video, browsing a webpage or viewing a PowerPoint presentation. In addition, the W510 has Always On, ...

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Despite the release of numerous high-specced Android tablets, in the end Android OEMs have had to resort to extremely low prices to even attempt to compete in the tablet market with Android. This has resulted in the ultimate result of the race to the bottom, devices sold at a loss like the Amazon Kindle, which is expected to lose Amazon $10-$50 per device. Trying to escape this Dell and HP have turned to Windows 8 tablets, which are expected to support much higher price points. Digitimes reports that the two vendors are expected to release such tablets in Q3 2012 next year. While Lenovo will continue to try and penetrate business with Android tablets, Windows 8 tablets are expected to slot right into existing PC management infra-structure, making it a much easier sell to CTOs. Additionally a recent survey found 42% of consumers were still waiting for Windows tablets, more ...

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The Blackberry Playbook has not exactly set the world on fire, selling only 200,000 in their last full quarter (even Windows Phone sells better than that!) Now a rumour, started by Collins Stewart analyst John Vinh, is spreading that Quanta has halted production of the low-in-demand QNX-based tablet. In an investors note he said: “While Quanta last week acknowledged that it had laid off a significant number of production workers from a factory focused on producing the PlayBook, our research indicates that the ODM has essentially halted production of the tablet, Vinh wrote. “Additionally, our due diligence indicates that RIMM has cancelled development of additional tablet projects.” RIM has called the rumour “pure fiction”, saying: “RIM doesn’t typically comment on rumors, but any suggestion that the BlackBerry PlayBook is being discontinued is pure fiction. RIM remains highly committed to the tablet market.” Microsoft is planning to re-enter the tablet market ...

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IDC have commented on the tablet market, and while they note iPad will continue to dominate in the near future, they expect business to turn to Windows tablets, especially with the new user interface Windows 8 brings. They write: While the consumer segment remained the key target market, there is increasing interest from enterprises as well. But businesses are still evaluating the products and how they could incorporate non-Windows devices into their existing IT infrastructure, while the limited number of products available for the business space also contributed to constrain stronger commercial demand. . While the market will remain heavily focused on the consumer segment, expansion will also come from a change in end-user dynamics, as the ongoing product evaluation by businesses is expected to translate into an increasing number of media tablet shipments in the commercial segment as well. Tablets are seen as a major opportunity for several horizontal ...

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According to industry sage Eldar Murtazin HTC is working on a Qualcomm-powered Windows 8 tablet.  The predominantly Android company is already producing Android tablets, and is also rumoured to be set to unveil an Intel-powered Android device early next year. HTC has a long-standing relationship with Microsoft, and have already produced a Windows-powered netbook, the HTC Shift. Windows 8 ARM-powered tablets will not be able to run x86 desktop applications, but may have a version of Microsoft’s Office suite ported to it. Via Intomobile and BGR.com ...

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The Samsung tablet Microsoft handed out to developers at BUILD 2 days ago ran on an Intel Core i5 processor, and so far not much has been seen live of Windows 8 running on ARM. Thisismynext managed to catch a demo of Windows 8 running on Nvidia’s reference tablet running on a quad-core Kal-El processor and found that the performance was quite comparable to Intel’s Core i5 chip, at least when it came to the smoothness of the user interface. ARM devices are expected to run a lot cooler and last significantly longer than x86 chipset devices, at the expense of backward compatibility with legacy applications. Via thisismynext.com ...

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MyMicrosoftLife has noticed on Nokia’s upcoming events list that the company will also be attending BUILD.  The entry makes no reference to Windows Phone 7, and with rumours swirling a few months ago of Nokia making a Windows 8 tablet we can help think they are there for other reasons. ...

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The Android Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is banned in Germany Samsung’s Android tablet ambitions took an other knock in Germany today when the court there banned the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Presiding judge Johanna Brueckner-Hoffmann said there was a "clear impression of similarity" between the Apple and the Samsung products, citing the "minimalist, modern form" of the two firms’ products, with flat screens and rounded edges. Samsung, who is appealing, said "We are disappointed with this ruling and believe it severely limits consumer choice in Germany." While the ban only extends to Germany Samsung has problems elsewhere in Europe also. In the Netherlands, a court in the Hague banned three Samsung telephone models on August 24 following an Apple suit. Samsung launched a counter-claim, due to be heard by the same court on September 26. Apple is currently asking the ITC to block imports to the United ...

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