Though its Xperia Z3 smartphone range was introduced just months ago (at IFA in September), Sony may be on the verge of announcing its successor. The next generation of premium smartphones from the brand could include the Z4 Ultra and the Z4 Compact, according to Android Origin. The Xperia Z4 Ultra is said to be an impressive 6.44in phablet with a QHD display (2560×1440 pixels), a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 16MP camera and 3GB of RAM. Like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this high-end smartphone is also said to come with a stylus.
China-based IC foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMIC) is looking to expand production capacity at its 8-inch wafer fab in Shenzhen, while Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and United Microelectronics (UMC) both plan to build additional capacity at their 8-inch fabs in China, according to company sources.
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market continued to record strong on-year growth in the third quarter of 2014, spurred by a huge increase in shipments of Android-based devices. The latest figures announced by IDC showed that the market expanded 29.6% in volume terms during the quarter to reach a total of 4.15 million units. This growth was most evident in the consumer segment, where a number of IT festivals and back-to-school promotions across the region helped boost tablet demand.
Xiaomi’s cheap phablets, the Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G, are sweeping across South and Southeast Asia. The 4G version launched in China in August, followed by Singapore and India in November, selling out quickly in all of its inaugural flash sales. The Note series capitalizes on Asia’s love of a) low prices and b) big screens. So how does it stack up against big screen rivals in the same price range?
The days of personal computers (PCs) and laptops may be numbered. “The PC is already on its way out; laptops have started to disappear,” said Barry Lerner, South Pacific regional chief information officer of Huawei Australia. “We’re going into the small (mobile) devices, and the tablets. Businesses and customers will start to utilize cloud.”
NEW DELHI: Korean electronics giant Samsung continues to lead the tablet market share with 22.2 per cent, followed by Micromax (10.9 per cent) and iBall (10.6 per cent) in Q3, 2014, said research firm IDC. Samsung continues to lead the market by a wide gap over its next competitor. “With a fresh product line in the premium segment, it fared well on the higher screen sized tablets,” IDC added.
The Indian tablet market reported a strong third quarter, clocking 8 per cent growth over the previous quarter. Tablet makers shipped 0.94 million units in the third quarter of 2014, said International Data Corporation (IDC). In the previous quarter (Q2), tablet market shipments in India stood at 0.86 million (mn), a 9 per cent growth over the first quarter of the year.
Notebook shipments will grow 0.6% in 2015 to 174.6 million units, while tablet shipments will decline 3.5% to 185.6 million units, according to TrendForce. Notebook manufacturers largely competed for market share in 2014 by slashing prices, and business procurement of notebooks was also stable in 2014 as companies upgraded equipment. In 2015, a more diverse array of products will enter the notebook market along with a new operating system, the company said.
There will be 74.53 million tablets shipped globally in the fourth quarter of 2014, increasing on quarter by 17.6% but decreasing on year by 10.1%, according to Digitimes Research. The shipments will consist of 20 million iPad series units, 27.8 million units from other international vendors and 26.7 million white-box units, Digitimes Research indicated.
The worldwide tablet market is expected to see a deceleration in 2014 with on-year growth slowing to 7.2%, down from 52.5% in 2013, according to a new forecast from IDC. At the core of this slowdown is the expectation that 2014 will represent the first full year of decline in Apple iPad shipments. Both the iPad and the overall market slowdown do not come as a surprise as device life-cycles for tablets have continued to lengthen, increasingly resembling those of PCs more than smartphones.
HELSINKI: Finnish telecom equipment group Nokia announced an unexpected return to mobile devices on Tuesday (Nov 18) with a tablet aimed at the Chinese market. “We are pleased to bring the Nokia brand back into consumers’ hands with the N1 Android tablet, and to help make sophisticated technologies simple,” Nokia’s head of products Sebastian Nystroem said in a statement.
The Panasonic Toughpad series is quite known for their rugged build quality and whopping price. Usually made for extreme natural conditions, Toughpad series already has a number of notebook computers and tablet devices. Recently, Panasonic has added a new member to this family, Toughpad FZ-B2, a 7-inch Android based tablet described as the perfect companion for mobile workers with a long battery life, daylight clear display and with flexible configuration options.
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.