Looks like 2013 is going to be the year tablets really start taking off. There has been a lot of tablet news this week which is likely because of The Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) this week in Las Vegas. All links are to Tom’s Hardware unless otherwise noted.
- Archos Shows New Titanium, Platinum Android Tablets – French company – tablets will feature white finish instead of the typical black/aluminum finish and some will support a 2048 x 1536 resolution (for about half the price of the iPad).
- Panasonic Announces Android, Windows 8 Tablets – Panasonic might be taking a bit of risk here doing both Android and Windows 8
- Dell Launches $499 Windows 8 Tablet – This could be some serious competitor for the Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro (due out by the end of the month with a starting price of $899)
- Polaroid Announces 9.7-Inch S9 Tablet – Not much info on this one which is slated for late spring 2013
- Hands-on with Polaroid’s $200 10-inch Jelly Bean Tablet – Oh my, this almost sounds too good to be true! 10-inch display, dual cameras, SD card slot, micro USB, micro HDMI and more. Not sure if I like the ‘reskin’ to look like Windows 8.
- Polaroid Unveils M7, M10 Android Tablets at CES – While priced low (M7 @ $129 & M10 @$ 229) they do offer some nice specs. Might be good for those on a budget.
- Alcatel Announces Three Android Tablets – Another French company, has been making (BlackBerry type) cell phones for a while. Merged with Lucent Technologies back in 2006. Nice specs for the price point, sounds like another batch of tablets for those on a budget. However, don’t expect to see these until late spring or early summer 2013.
- Acer Intros 7-inch Iconia B1 Android Tablet For Under $150 – No images on this one. Being marketed as cheaper, second “can I play Angry Birds on your tablet” tablet or to the busy executive looking for a mobile companion without all the bulk associated with a 10-inch form factor.
- Microsoft Surface Pro hands-on impressions from CES [PC World] – The article was a bit lacking, mostly background on the crappy ‘RT version’. This one is suppose to be out by the end of the month.
Is Bigger Really Better?
- ViewSonic Announces 24-Inch Smart Display Tablet – or as one commenter called it “A Table”.
- Hands-on with Lenovo’s IdeaCenter Horizon Table PC – ‘table PC’ makes me think of the this paraody video for the Microsoft Surface
- Panasonic’s 4K Tablet Could Kill All-in-One PCs – 20″ display with a reslotion of 3840 x 2560 (230ppi) resolution and a 15:10 aspect ratio. But it only has an Intel Core i5 3427U vPro CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz
Other Tablet News
- RCA Has a Mobile TV Android Tablet On The Way – Interesting concept but the ‘premium’ service is only in select cities. The 1024×768 screen (instead of 1280×720) seems a bit odd. Also, I am not a big of fan of RCA anymore.
- Project Fiona Now the Razer Edge: A Full-on Gaming Tablet – The first tablet I have seen that is truly physically designed for gaming.
- Windows Surface RT Jailbreak Tool Released – It was bound to happen and Microsoft doesn’t seem too upset about it since it doesn’t seem to cause any security issues, but warned it might be ‘fixed’ in the future.
- Intel Announces Atom Bay Trail Processor For Tablets – 22mm design, ‘all day’ battery power, Quad-Core processor. Downside is these won’t be launched until ‘Holiday 2013’. Not sure if that launch is for the processors only or devices with these processors.
- Intel Discusses Y Chips For Tablets – Didn’t really understand this one much other than it might be ideal for the Microsoft Surface Pro and the chips might over-heat
- Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon Processors – My first cell phone in 1999 was a Qualcomm, the thing was the size of a brick! I have a Snapdragon processor in my HTC Sensation. This new line is not just limited to tablets but will be used in SmartPhones, Media Players (iPod) and Laptops as well.
- Samsung Announces World’s First Octa 8-Core Mobile Processor – I posted about this one on Friday. I still don’t think there is need yet, most tablets are still dual-core and handful of quad-core.