Tablet News Week of March 10th, 2013

Actually, some of this news is from a couple weeks ago. Not as much tablet news lately as there was earlier this year with the big trade shows.

  • Acer Shipping 7M Android, 3M Windows Tablets in 2013 — If there was ever a doubt that Android was leading the tablet market. I find it a bit odd that Acer is planning on shipping some 3-million Windows based tablets this year. They did announced [IT World] last month they were going to ship Windows RT tablets, however they had complained that Microsoft needed to make improvements to the Windows RT platform. 
  • Apple Shoots Itself in Foot with Mini, Reduces 9.7″ iPad Orders — It seems the iPad Mini is outselling the bigger iPad. So much so Apple has revised it shipping estimates for 2013.
  • Android Tablets Outselling iPads in 2013 — Well, that comes as no surprise. iPad’s are expensive and restrictive. However, both Apple and Android are expected to loose market share over the next 4-years to Windows. Now, that I would be surprised to see given the reputation (more pricier than Apple and less apps) that the Windows based Tablets have.
  • Kindle Fire 8.9 Now Available in the UK — Only took Amazon six-months to finally release the 8.9 inch model in the UK. The 7-inch version had been available shortly after the September release of both models in the US.
  • Dell Reveals Crazy Big 18-inch Windows 8 Tablet/AIO — This isn’t the first time Dell as produced something “Crazy Big”. Back in 2006 they had unveiled the M2010 Mobile Computer with a 20-inch displays weighing in at 18-pounds.This tablet or AIO (All-In-One) PC weighs a little under 5-pounds. This Windows Touchscreen PC or tablet is slated for released in mid April with a MSRP of $900 for the starting model with a dual-core processor and 320 GB HD. No work on what the model with the Intel i7, 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD is going to run.