For the first couple iterations of the Surface Pro, Microsoft has said that it could be both a tablet and a netbook replacement, but with today’s unveiling of the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft is taking the Air head on. The screen is now larger at 12-inches and sports a higher resolution than the MacBook Air. The Surface Pro 3 with a keyboard is thinner than the MacBook Air. There’s 4g built-in. And for better or worse, the Surface Pro 3 is a touchscreen and has novel OneNote features such as a mode that instantly lets users jot down notes even when the device is turned off.
Even though Apple has been trying to convince consumers that the iPad is more than just an expensive toy, Android or Windows tablets are still the preferred tablet for enterprise level users looking for something that’s closer to a “real” computer. But if the rumors are true, Apple could be prepping a 12.9” iPad Pro for launch in late Q3 2014, as something aimed towards those enterprise customers that want something to bridge the gap between tablet and laptop, and something a little more substantial than another screen to watch videos and play games on.
When Amazon first introduced the Kindle Fire, its low price attracted a lot of attention. But for the price, you got a mediocre standard def tablet with a weird custom Android interface. With the Kindle Fire HDX, it’s got a better screen, processor and interface. And it’s even got a built in help button that will get you connected to a live Amazon help representative in seconds, 24 hours a day. Because that’s how they roll.
Even though Microsoft’s original Surface tablets sold like buckets full of shit, the company is dedicated to manufacturing tablet hardware, and so have introduced the Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a Microsoft Surface tablet, now might be a good time, that Microsoft just reduced the prices of the tablets, with the base 32GB model starting at $349.
Android is in your phone and in your tablet, but what about on your desktop? Taking up the market space that was supposed to have been occupied by Linux— a desktop computer at a lower cost by using an open source OS— here is the HP Slate 21, a 21 inch desktop/tablet hybrid with Android built in.
The Slate 21 was just announced this morning in Beijing, so there aren’t a whole lot of details yet available. It’s a 21.5-inch, 1920×1080 kickstand-toting all-in-one equipped with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 SoC and running Android 4.2.2, and that’s all we’ve got for now.
At SXSW earlier this week, Dell introduced the XPS 18, a “desktop” computer that’s really more of a convertible desktop/tablet hybrid. It’s an 18” full Windows 8 tablet with a stand and a keyboard, so you can work on your work and then detach the screen to work on your not-work.
Well, the reason is clear— Apple just wants to continue to diversify its iPad line, but does anyone really need a 128gb iPad right now? A large capacity phone is one thing, for carrying around all your music and photos and videos, but Apple wants you to store most of that shit in the cloud anyway. Plus, at a price of $800 for WiFi or $930 for 3G, you’re starting to get into MacBook Air territory anyway. But hey… a 128gb iPad now exists.
Of the oversized tablets at CES this year, Panasonic showed up with a 20 inch tabletop tablet sporting a Retina Display-destroying 4K resolution screen. That’s some incredibly high detail for all that porn of yours.
You think your mobile phone or tablet processor is bad? You ain’t seen bad. Today at CES, Samsung introduced the Exynos 5 Octa, a massively powerful yet tiny 8 core processor that could make your phone the speediest computer you own.
Just ahead of CES, Lenovo held a presser today to show off some of its new gadgets. One that stands alone is the IdeaCentre Horizon 27 Tablet PC. It could be just a normal touchscreen PC, but it’s also a multitouch tablet you can throw down on your coffee table for some serious web surfing, board games or other multi-player games.
There are already Android tablets by the dozen, but not really any that do Linux. PengPod will be able to do both— a mobile Android interface and a full Linux desktop in a tablet that will only be $100 when it launches in January.