In view of increasing competition from large-screen smartphones, small-size (mainly 7-inch) tablet vendors have added 3G/4G voice communication functions and enlarged screen sizes and display resolution (from HD to Full HD) to keep their tablets competitive, according to industry sources. Consequently, smartphone chip vendors, including Qualcomm, Intel and MediaTek, have increased resources for developing tablet chip solutions, the sources said.
Most 7-inch tablets’ prices have dropped significantly during October with several first-tier vendors’ 8GB models even dropping to as low as US$99. Meanwhile, 8-inch tablets also seen their prices decrease with stable panel supply and vendors expanding their investments in related products. Among the vendors, Lenovo was the most aggressive about price cuts.
TAIPEI — Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (宏達電) unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet computer in the United States Wednesday, the first tablet running on Google Inc.’s latest Android 5.0 operating system, codenamed Lollipop. The 8.9-inch tablet sports a Nvidia Tegra K1 64 bit 2.3GHz dual-core processor, a 2K screen with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 pixels, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 1.6-megapixel front camera and HTC’s signature BoomSound dual front-facing speakers.
The new series of Yoga tablets will feature Intel processors. Lenovo will retail these products exclusively on Flipkart – one of India’s largest e-commerce portals. Among the four new models, only Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch) will be on sale from tomorrow, the other three will be available for sale only from mid-November. The second generation of Yoga series has one 8-inch, two 10-inch and one 13.29-inch models. One will run on Windows OS, while the other three will feature Android OS at its core.
Lenovo Group Ltd on Friday introduced its latest high-end tablet products, challenging Apple Inc, which is likely to unveil a new iPad next week. Yang Yuanqing, chairman and chief executive of the Chinese personal computer maker, said the company is ready to take on Apple in developed markets including the United States and Western Europe. Yang Yuanqing, chairman and chief executive of Lenovo Group Ltd, holds aloft the company’s newly launched tablet Yoga in Beijing on Friday. The company hopes the new products will attract more high-end users. Provided to China Daily
Tech news blog Bright Side of News said that pre-orders of the HTC-built Nexus 9 would begin Wednesday, with the device to be released on Nov. 3. The Nexus 9 would include Nvidia’s Tegra K1 chip and would retail for $399, according to anonymous sources. On the other hand, Focus Taiwan, a Taiwan-based news channel, reported Wednesday that HTC executive Jack Tong said in a press briefing in New York that the device is anticipated to be sold by the end of the year in Taiwan.
NEW DELHI: Software giant Microsoft is placing big bets on tablets to drive adoption of its Windows 8.1 platform on smart devices in the country. The US-based firm, which acquired devices and services business of Nokia earlier this year, expects Windows-powered tablets to do especially well in segments like educational institutions and small and medium businesses (SMBs).
Tablet shipments are continuing to be pushed down by low-priced notebooks and large-size smartphones, and are expected to continue to decline into 2015, according to market watchers. Many vendors’ US$199 notebooks are expected to become available in the fourth quarter, and many tablet vendors are concerned that demand for tablets may be taken by these devices.
BANGALORE: Michael S Dell wants to more than treble the software services revenue in a “few years”, an ambition that the entrepreneur is betting on his team of leaders handpicked from Indian outsourcing giants such as Infosys and Wipro. Significantly, the founder, chairman and CEO of the Texas-based computer hardware and services firm believes ever since going private, Dell has been able to focus more on clients without being distracted by “activist shareholders” and invest in some of the long-term strategies, including investing in cloud, security and analytics space.
Taiwan-based BIOS designer Insyde Software is expected to benefit from orders for Intel-based Android white-box tablets, as the CPU giant gradually expands its presence in the Android tablet market, according to sources from the upstream supply chain. Intel is aiming to ship 40 million tablet processors in 2014 and Insyde, which is an Intel-invested company, has received strong orders for related tablet BIOS recently and will start seeing its revenues benefit in the fourth quarter.
Intel shipped only about 1.5 million tablet application processors (APs) in the first half of 2014, but Digitimes Research expects its shipments to reach seven million units in the second half thanks to China brand vendors’ and white-box players’ full support. Meanwhile, Intel will reduce its marketing expenses for the segment because it will no longer need to heavily subsidize component suppliers whose production costs have lowered.
TAIPEI, Taiwan — WitsView recently said that global tablet shipments are expected to see their first decline in five years at the end of 2014 on the back of consumer fatigue. In a recent research note, WitsView indicated an inflection point on the tablet personal computer (PC) shipments curve this year and projected that global shipments of tablet PCs will decrease by 1.8 percent year-on-year (YOY) to 153 million units at the end of 2014.
Huawei Technologies is hoping to steal market share from Samsung’s Galaxy Note family with the Ascend Mate7, which has a metal body, 6-inch full HD screen and a battery that has almost 30 percent more capacity than what the Note 4 offers. Consumer appetite for smartphones with screens larger than 5.5 inches is growing. This year shipments of devices with large screens are expected to increase by 209 percent from last year, compared to a 12.8 percent increase for smartphones with smaller screens, according to IDC.
BANGALORE: Micromax has overtaken Apple to reach the number two spot in the tablet market in India, with 14% marketshare in the second quarter as the market is still trying to recover. As per IDC, strong performance in Q2 allowed Micromax to beat Apple to the second spot. With 9% market share, Apple stood at the third spot. More than 60% of the overall iPad volume is being supported by their iPad mini.
Asustek Computer is set to release its new 7-inch MeMO Pad 7 ME70CX tablet in early September in Taiwan priced at NT$2,990 (US$100) to attract demand, according to the company. Sources from the upstream supply chain pointed out that the MeMO Pad tablets’ aggressive pricing has put strong pressure on Asustek’s competitors, especially white-box vendors, which may start to be phased out of the market in the first half of 2015.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 21 — Phablets have been big in Asia for some time — their sales already outstrip those of notebooks and tablets in the region. However it appears that sometimes phablets just aren’t big enough. Because now, consumers are reaching for tablets with voice-calling capabilities instead. And this interest is not a blip, according to research and analytics firm IDC, it’s a growing trend. Its latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report, details from which were published yesterday, shows that demand for the devices has grown over 60 per cent year-on-year.
After four years of setting Android devices with the Nexus program, Google is rumored to work again with HTC for this year’s Nexus tablet project. Leaked specs and documents for the Volantis, better known as the Nexus 8, have emerged recently, offering the latest and more exciting details. Android Origin said that the National Radio Research Agency (RRA) from South Korea recently certified a new device which has the model number 0P82100. The device is supposedly the 8.9-inch Nexus tablet codenamed Volantis or Flounder. It confirmed that HTC will be making this year’s Nexus tablet after Google collaborated with Asus for the release of Nexus 7 and Nexus 7 (2013).
White-box vendors shipped 22.3 million tablets globally in the second quarter of 2014, increasing 9.3% sequentially, according to Digitimes Research. Of the shipments, Wi-Fi only models accounted for 56.4% and Wi-Fi plus voice communications models 43.6%, Digitimes Research indicated. In terms of screen size, 7-inch models accounted for 69.4% of the shipments and 7.85/7.9-inch ones 20.8%.
Xiaomi unveiled its first ever tablet in May in the form of the MiPad. Available initially only in mainland China, it costs RMB 1,499 (US$243) for the 16GB model and RMB 1,699 (US$276) for the 64GB one. The MiPad went on sale in June. Although it’s only available to Chinese shoppers, I wanted to review this from more of an international perspective, so I requested a review unit and loaded it up with all the apps that I use on my old Nexus 7. After living with the MiPad for a week, these are my thoughts.
SEOUL, July 30 — It’s essentially an 11.6-inch Android tablet, but one that seems to think it’s a Chromebook or a laptop. For a start, it has a slide-out keyboard and behind the IPS display is a very potent Intel Haswell Core i5 processor. This is the sort of chipset usually reserved for notebooks like the 13-inch MacBook Pro, meaning that, from a performance aspect seeing as it’s just running Android, it’s like using a sledgehammer to tap in a nail.