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.
Today, Microsoft announced its pricing for the upcoming Windows Surface Pro tablet, which will have the hardware to run the full, unaltered version of Windows 8, just like it were a touchscreen laptop. People had been expecting pricing starting somewhere between $1200 and $1500, but it looks like you’ll be able to get a 64gb Pro starting at $899. Okay Apple, you can come out with an OS X tablet… any day now…
Even though QWERTY isn’t the perfect keyboard layout, it’s the one almost everyone is used to, and so it’s the one that ends up on anything with a keyboard. But for tablets and touch screens, there may be a better way to type— using chords of fingers instead of pressing down individual keys.
In a pair of remote villages in Ethiopia, the One Laptop Per Child organization is conducting an experiment. They dropped off crates of Motorola Xoom tablets for the children, with no instruction and no one to teach them. These kids had never seen a printed page nor any sort of writing. Completely illiterate and having never seen electronics, yet they quickly learned how to use the devices and then learned how to read and write, and then learned how to hack the devices to get around restrictions OLPC had put on the tablets.
Microsoft wasn’t the only one with a big product launch today. Google also had their own conference on the dry and sunny west coast to show off a new Google phone, a new Google tablet an the latest version of Android. The new phone is the LG Nexus 4 and the tablet is the Samsung Nexus 10.
A couple years ago, North Korea launched its first “tablet”, though it was just really a super cheap Chinese LCD late 80s PDA. This past week, they announced again that they had “invented” a tablet for real this time, and while this looks more like a tablet, it’s still just a cheap Chinese rip-off product that North Korea is showing off as its own invention.
Everyone knew that Apple would be announcing the iPad mini today, but it was the real computer side of things that was most exciting. Specifically, the insanely thin new iMac, which suddenly makes any other desktop computer look like some 1970s monster box.
Let the Apple anticipation begin— the company announced today that they’ll be holding a press event on October 23rd to announce the iPad mini. The new iPad is expected to come in at a size and price that puts the tablet in direct competition with the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. Oh, and Microsoft will be launching the ever living motherfucker out of Windows 8 and Windows 8 tablets just a few days later, so that probably has something to do with the timing.