Now Out in The Market: Samsung ATIV Q & ATIV Tab 3: Thinnest Windows 8 Tabs

Thursday marked the entry of two new kids on the block; Samsung ATIV Q and ATIV Tab 3, which the Korean manufacturer rolled out as world’s thinnest Windows 8 devices. Focusing on tablet’s mobility, adaptability and versatility, Samsung placed both the tabs as convertible devices.

Quite similar to the Galaxy Tab, the ATIV Tab 3 comes with the S-Pen that goes well with the ATIV’s Windows products including MS Office. However, the only difference is Windows 8 operating system instead of Android.

With a 10.1-inch display, the ATIV Tab 3 sports a resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. Powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor, it holds 2GB of RAM and a 64GB hard drive. Along with ports for micro USB 2.0 and micro HDMI, the ATIV Tab 3 has a slot for Micro SD cards.

Coming to the next one, Samsung also uncovered the ATIV Q tablet, featuring a full, adjustable keyboard with four modes. With this tab, users get an option to place the display on top to conceal the keyboard completely. However, to get the feel of a laptop, the device can also be raised in a vertical position. One exciting feature of this tab is that it can dual-boot Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

The 13.3-inch ATIV Q comes with a resolution of 3,200 x 1,800 pixels. The tablet is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. It boasts 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD hard drive.

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Apple iPad Mini 2 vs ASUS vs Acer: 8-inch Tabs To Uncover in Q3

As per latest reports, small tablets such as Acer, ASUS, Dell and Lenovo are all gearing up to roll out an 8-inch 1,280 x 800 pixels Android-powered tabs in the third quarter of 2013. This we believe will come as a firm competition for Apple’s yet-to-be-released iPad Mini 2, which is expected to be out in Q4.

Up to now, 9-inch devices have dominated the tab market, which makes for over 60 percent of all tabs shipped in 2012. However, in 2013, the smaller tablets are likely to report for over 60 percent of shipments.

The success of 7.9-inch iPad mini tabs could be the main factor boosting the shift to 8-inch tablets. With a range of smaller tabs all gearing up for the Q3 launch, it seems like we as consumers are going to be in for a spicy treat.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Vs Apple iPad 5 Vs Sony Xperia Z : Vying For The Top Slot

When given choices, don’t get confused. From being the slimmest to fastest to coolest- the competitive tablet market has augmented, giving consumers a range of devices, all designed with latest and innovative features. On close inspection, we are listing down the specifications of three such tabs, for good or bad such as Microsoft Surface Pro 2, Apple iPad 5 and Sony Xperia Z.

Starting with Microsoft Surface Pro 2, this 7.5-inch tablet is designed with a resolution of 1,400 x 1,050 pixels. Expected to hit the shelves soon, this device will join the league of small tabs available in the market. Powered by Intel processors, the Surface Pro 2 might roll out with Intel Core i5. With an updated version of Windows OS, the tab will boast of up to 128 GB internal storage.

Coming over to Apple iPad 5, the fifth-gen iPad will sport Retina display feature. With a 9.7-inch screen size, the tab will have chamfered edges and curves along with dark aluminum backplate. Designed to be thin, the iPad 5 is expected to be around 4mm shorter and 17mm narrower than its predecessor. Thinner and lighter, Apple is reportedly switching to Sharp’s ultra-thin IGZO technology in its next iPad.

Considering the last, 10.1-inch Sony Xperia Z tablets will be rolled out with Google Android 4.1 processor. With 8.1 megapixels cam, these tabs have a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Being dust and water resistant, the Xperia Z tabs are slim and light. At 6.9mm, these tabs weigh less than 500 grams.

 

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Vs Apple iPad 5:The Haswell Chip May Bring Back Microsoft’s Lost Sheen

A little birdie told us that Microsoft is in plans to roll out its next Surface Pro 2 tab with a built-in Intel Haswell chip. If rumours turn out to be true, the next line of Surface Pro tabs could feature great performance and specifications.
Considering the battery life, which was a problem in the original Surface Pro, the Intel Haswell processor could boost it by an extra three hours. That means the Surface Pro 2 will be seen with an improved battery life and may get better than Apple iPad 5.
The new Intel chips are smaller, meaning we’ll see even thinner tablets with smaller batteries, which could not be so good for the device’s battery but for now adding a boost to the performance and general power is much more important.
The Haswell chips by Intel offer to run some impressive graphics depending on the hardware. But considering Microsoft, we feel the Surface Pro 2 won’t see too much of that.
Microsoft is rolling out these features in its Windows 8.1, which will see improvements such as built-in SkyDrive features, more customization options, cool new search options, and more.
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Microsoft Surface RT Vs Apple iPad : Which if Them is Sinking?

We know that Apple still maintains the top spot when it comes to all things tablets, but if you’re looking around in the market for a new tablet, should you go with the trusty iPad 4, or would the Microsoft Surface RT make a good choice to pick up?

First impressions: There’s nothing wrong with the way the iPad 4 looks, except there isn’t really anything so eye-catching about it either. But the Microsoft Surface RT looks quite attractive with its colorful exterior. In terms of screen size too, it’s a tad bigger with its 10.1-inch screen in comparison with the iPad 4’s 9.7-inch offering.

Processing power: Apple has put in a dual-core 1.4 GHz A6X processor to power the iPad 4. But if you’re more into multitasking and running heavier apps, then the Microsoft Surface RT’s quad-core 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 processor makes more sense for you.

Camera: This isn’t really too much of a deal-breaker, if you ask us, but if you plan on depending on your tablet for your photography needs, the iPad 4’s 5 MP camera sounds more exciting than the Surface RT’s 1.2 MP one.

Storage space: What we hate and have always hated about the iPad is its storage limitations. Sure, you’ve got options ranging from 16 GB all the way up to 128 GB, but there’s no way you can add to it using a microSD card or a USB port. The Surface RT, on the other hand, comes with 32 GB or 64 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot.

Battery life: If you’re going to be on the move for a long time without access to a charging point, you might be disappointed with the Surface RT for its 360 hours of standby time. It can work for up to 8 hours on a single charge, while the iPad 4 offers up to 10 hours of talk time.

Price: The Surface RT costs $499 for the 32 GB version and $599 for the 64 GB version, making it more value for money than the respective iPad 4 versions which cost $599 and $699 respectively.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Even iPad Mini 2 Can’t Stand In The Way Of Its Success

Today’s the day Samsung officially launches its brand new 8-inch tablet, the Galaxy Note 8.0. Touted as the iPad Mini killer, the tablet boasts of terrific specs and also comes with Samsung’s now popular S Pen. Even though it’s priced rather high at $400, we doubt if even the 2nd generation iPad Mini which is expected to be unveiled soon could hold a candle against it.

It promises true multitasking abilities, and not just in terms of its powerful processor’s performance. With smart functions like multi-window letting you run more than 1 app on the tablet’s screen, you can see why we feel it’s bound to be a runaway success.

And then there’s the gorgeous S Pen, perfect for scribbling down notes, hovering over the screen to let you preview e-mails or web pages. It makes for a handy device for designers as well.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a quad-core 1.6 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. The only benefit the iPad Mini 2 could have over the Galaxy Note 8.0’s 1280X800 pixel screen is if it comes with Apple’s famed Retina Display.… Read the rest

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HP Envy X2 Vs Microsoft Surface Pro: Should You Pick A Hybrid Or A Tablet?

Tech lovers are really loving this year, and not just because of the wide variety of smartphones and tablets out there. When Microsoft unveiled its latest Windows 8, everyone talked about how we can expect newer form factors, and yes, indeed the laptop has undergone a makeover since then. They’re turning just as portable as tablets, but with more computing power. So today, we’re looking at the HP Envy X2 and pitting it against the Microsoft Surface Pro to help you decide which of these you should invest in.

HP Envy X2: This one’s a true laptop-tablet hybrid, all thanks to its detachable keyboard. Get rid of the keyboard and carry it around like a tablet, and put it back on and you’ve got yourself a laptop in front of you. The Envy X2 comes with a 11.6-inch HD display with a resolution of 1366X768 pixels and is powered by a dual-core 1.8 GHz Intel Atom processor and 2 GB of RAM. It runs Windows 8 and has 64 GB SSD for storage. It’s also fitted with an 8 MP rear camera and a 2 MP front-facing one. Two USB 2.0 ports, and HDMI port and even a card reader make it as convenient as a regular laptop, but we do miss the optical drive. The Envy X2 weighs just over 3 pounds and comes with a price tag of $649.99.

Microsoft Surface Pro: Now this one’s more of a tablet than a hybrid in terms of form factor, but comes with a soft touch keyboard cover. It has a 10.6-inch screen with a resolution of 1920X1080 pixels and weighs just about 2 pounds. The Surface Pro is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM and even has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset. You get either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage space in the Surface Pro. There are two 720p cameras, a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, and even a microsSDXC card slot in this device.… Read the rest

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Sony Xperia Z Vs HP Slate 7 Vs Asus Pad Fone Vs Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Your Pick At MWC 2013

2013’s a great year if you are looking to pick up a tablet for yourself. We’ve been hearing a lot about and seeing even more tablets being launched already into the market. So take your pick from some of the most exciting tablets we got to see at the Mobile World Congress 2013:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: Samsung’s perfect answer to its rival Apple iPad Mini, this 8-inch tablet features a quad-core A9 processor, a resolution of 1280X800 pixels, as well as Samsung’s popular S-Pen functionality.

 

 

     Sony Xperia Z Tablet: Known as the world’s thinnest tablet, this gorgeous 10-inch tablet weighs just about 1 pound, is dust and water resistant, has a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, an 8.1 MP camera and a 6,000 mAh battery.

Asus PadFone Infinity: This 5-inch phablet from Asus makes it into our list because of its unique docking feature that lets you convert this device into a full-fledged 10-inch tablet too.

 

 

Lenovo S6000: Yet another contender in the 10-inch tablet space, the Lenovo S6000 has a 1280X800 pixel resolution, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

 

HP Slate 7: This was quite a change in taste from HP’s standard Windows offerings. HP has ventured into the Android tablet arena with the Slate 7, powered by a dual-core ARM A9 processor, and priced at just $169, looks like this one’s going up against the Google Nexus 7.… Read the rest

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Microsoft Surface vs. Google Nexus 10: Which of the New Entrants Will do better?

The 10-inch tablet space was pretty much dominated by the iPad, but that was until recently. With Microsoft’s latest Surface tablet making an entry into the competitive tablet market and Google announcing its own Nexus 10-inch tablet, things are getting pretty heated up in this segment too. Today we’re pitting the Microsoft Surface against the Google Nexus 10 to see which of the two would be a worthy buy for you.

External design: As far as first impressions go, both these tablets feature a unique design. However, with its slightly larger screen size of 10.6 inches and quirky colors, we can’t help but lean towards the Microsft Surface. The Nexus 10, on the other hand, sports a rather wide bezel outlining the screen which gives it an awkward look. However, switch on the screen and you will be convinced to switch sides. While Microsoft’s Surface tablet comes with a decent resolution of 1366 X 768 pixels and a special ClearType technology for extra sharp viewing, the Nexus 10 comes with a mind-blowing 2560 X 1600 pixel resolution display which is the best-in-class.

Tech specs: Let’s get the obvious out of the way. The Nexus 10 is an Android-based tablet while the Surface runs on Windows RT. The Microsoft Surface RT is powered by a quad-core Tegra T30 processor and 2 GB of RAM. It comes with an internal storage option starting at 32 GB; however, only 16 GB of this particular model is available for users due to the system partitioning. The strong point about the Surface is its USB port, with which you can easily connect it to devices like printers, etc., and unleash the power of Windows in such a small form factor. The Nexus 10 is powered by a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and 2 GB of RAM. Comparing the processors, we know the Surface is more capable of handling heavy-duty computing and multi-tasking.

Camera power: The Surface tablet has 720p cameras, both in the front as well as in the rear. The Nexus 10 does better with a 5 MP rear camera and a 1.9 MP front-facing camera.

Price-tag: This is the one main area where the Surface loses out to the Nexus 10. Google has priced it quite competitively, starting from $399 for the 16 GB model. On the other hand, the Surface starts at $499 for the 32 GB model, and we think this steep price may turn quite a few potential customers away.

 

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The Windows 8 Generation: Lenovo Introduces Four New Tablets And Utrabooks

Lenovo's latest convertible deviceLenovo is planning to introduce four new devices, which the company says will twirl, flip, and twist between being ultrabooks and tablets. All these innovative and next-gen devices will be launched with Windows 8, which is Microsoft’s latest offering.

Let’s take a quick look at the specifications of these devices individually:

IdeaPad Yoga 13-inch

With the ability to swirl its screen to a full 360 degrees angel, the IdeaPad Yoga is the leading 13-inch convertible device in Lenovo’s lineup of Windows 8 devices. Weighing just 3.40 pounds, the device is powered by Intel Core processor. Slated to hit the shelves on Oct. 26, same day when Windows 8 launches, the IdeaPad Yoga will come with a price of $1,099. This device has a screen resolution of 1,600 x 900 in HD.

IdeaPad Yoga 11-inch

Uncovered by Lenovo in an 11-inch version, this IdeaPad Yoga is a smaller and portable option. This smaller Yoga is a Windows RT device, available with Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor. The IdeaPad Yoga 11-inch is slated to come out in December- the holiday season.

ThinkPad Twist

ThinkPad Twist is the most business-focused devices of these new convertibles by Lenovo. Made with power and style, this device is easy-to-carry around. Available with an option of either a 500GB HDD or a more speedy 128GB solid state drive, the ThinkPad Twist weighs 3.48 pounds. Expected to hit the stores on October 26th, this device will cost around $849.

IdeaPad Lynx

IdeaPad Lynx is an 11-inch version, which is slated to hit the shelves this December along with the 11-inch version of IdeaPad Yoga. This 1.41-pound tablet is made with a dual-core Atom processor. Offered with a battery life of 16-hour, this tab is sold at a price range of $599, minus the keyboard, which is sold separately at a price of $149.… Read the rest

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