The Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer, HTC Corp., has plans on halting the manufacture of full-sized tabs running on Mircrosoft’s Windows RT OS for the concern that the demand is very weak, the people knowledgeable about the matter said.
The smartphone manufacturer has decided to stop making the tab due to the reason that the cost is high and the demand is weak compared to tabs running on Android OS and iOS. The report came from the people who declined to be identified because the company’s plans are not publicized.
But HTC Corp. is still planing to make and release a 7-inch tab with the Windows RT OS based on the new ARM chips / ARM’s Technology within this year.
With the tight competition going on with smartphones, HTC is one of the companies who are suffering but coping with the slide of sales. Due to the decline of profit, this forced the company to select products that will edge out to the market and lead a single spot in the competition.
According to researcher IDC, the sales of Windows RT has been lagging since its introduction. There are only 200,000 units of tablets handling Microsoft’s OS sold in the first quarter of 2013.
Thursday, Razer unleashed their latest 14-inch Razer Blade laptop designed for extreme gaming. The hardware maker also released a refreshed version of their 17-inch Razer Blade with an even more powerful hardware and improved battery life without sacrificing the 0.88-inch profile. To sweeten the deal, Razer slashed off $200 from the price tag.
Min-Liand Tan, Razer CEO, claimed that the new 14-inch Razer Blade gaming laptop is the “thinnest gaming laptop in the world” in an event with the press at the Dolby Theater. Razer CEO also touted about the upcoming Razer Blade with a 0.66-inch profile which makes it just half the thickness compared to M14X of AlienWare.
According to Min-Liand Tan, the Razer Blade is loaded with an extreme performance packed in such a very slim design by redesigning the platforms and thermal architectures. He also said that the gaming hardware is packed with “more performance per cubic inch” compared to other gaming-designed laptops.
Both the refreshed version of 17-inch Razer Blade and 14-inch Razer Blade sports the latest Intel’s Haswell CPU and NVidia’s GeForce GTX 765M GPU, which is considerably a very powerful hardware and adds more processing power to the gaming laptops. Both the Razer Blade and the Razer Blade Pro gaming laptops are now equipped with the full SSDs or solid state drives (standard 128gb SSDs) and storage options of 256GB and 512GB.
Microsoft chairman Bill Gates believes that a lot of iPad users are “frustrated” by the tablet, and that the Surface and Surface Pro tablets have an advantage over Apple’s offerings.
Bill Gates, Microsoft chairman, claimed that many of the Apple’s iPad users are frustrated with their tablets. He also said that they will cover these frustrations with their Surface and Surface Pro tabs with good offerings than Apple’s.
In an interview with CNBC, the former Microsoft CEO said that the line between desktop PCs and tablets is gradually blurring. According to Mr. Gates, Microsoft’s Windows 8 will try to recover their loss in the market share which is currentl headed by the iPad-like tablet PCs. “But a lot of those users are frustrated. They can’t type. They can’t create documents,”. This attempt is to provide users “the benefits they’ve seen that has made that a big category, but without giving up what they expect in a PC.”
Having a Surface Pro or Surface, you will have both the tablet’s portability as well as the keyboard which will be useful for the Microsoft Office.
It is clear that other platforms such as Android OS and iOS users still have to wait for Microsoft to let their Office Suite become available to their devices. This application will be Microsoft’s ace in entering the war zone against Google and Apple.
It is undeniable that Microsofts Office Suite added strength to Google and Apple’s foundations and slowly leaving the Surface tab strategy.
In a prediction by NPD, tablet PC’s will outsell notebooks by 2017. Like any other tablet PC manufacturer, Microsoft also wants to compete in the market. PC industry is currently their main market but sadly is it stagnating. This move of Microsoft is expected to change their position in the industry so cash would continually flow in.
Mother’s Day is closing in, have you decided yet on what to give to your mother? Well, the combination of card and flowers are always the best though it’s old-fashioned. But if you are tired with the combo and wants something new for you mother, Barnes & Nobles Nook devices are on sale!
Available online and on store, the 7-inch Nook HD 8gb version is now only $149, while the 16gb version is $179. The bigger models, 9-inch Nook HD+ 15gb version starts at $179 and the 32gb version is now $209.
Also in the discount sale, it includes shipping for free and if you want to get the item in time before Mother’s Day, you should start ordering now because it will only last until May 12
This is not the first time that Barnes & Noble offered a discount sale on their Nook devices, they also offered it last year. If you did not get the chance to avail last year, try it now before supply last.
In addition, the Barnes & Noble added the Google Play in their HD and HD+ devices due to the lack of application. This will allow them to compete against Google’s nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle.
Acer announced a newer version of their V5 notebooks and the all new V7 ultrabook. New versions of this notebooks are both available with touch or without-touch.
The V7 and V5 notebooks will have a full HD display, a powerful graphic chip, and SSD without sacrificing the size slimming it down by 9%. Acer’s V series notebooks will have full-sized keyboards and a larger cap area compared to the predecessors.
These new notebooks are now customizable when ordering. The notebook maker lets you choose between Intel’s CPU and AMD/quad core options, graphic cards between Radeon HD8750 and Nvidia’s GeForce GT7XXM. V5 notebooks are also available in various sizes. 15.6 inches with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 14 inches with 1366 x 768 resolution, and a much smaller 11.6 inches with an HD 1366 x 768 display resolution.
These notebooks are surely designed to be lightweight and portable, weighing only less than 3 pounds and less than an inch thick.
The V7 notebook however doens’t have much difference from the V5 physically. They look the same except V7 has a silky finish at the bottom and it is more customizable than the V5. You can have an option between Intel and AMD processors, graphic cards, and a choice between SSD and HDD. Extra option include the wireless display technology of Intel allowing you to link your notebook to a television.
Since Intel’s Atom processor for netbooks released five years ago, there were no major changes or redesigns that happen. Latest netbooks released between the years continued using the technology due to its power and performance and this proves that the Atom processors of Intel is a good chip.
But after the years, Intel finally announced that they are planning to release a redesigned Atom processor. Expected to happen on the second week of May, Intel will announce the Bay Trail and Merrifield processor which will be manufactured by Silvermont Micro-Architecture. The redesigns chips will be used for tablet PCs and smartphones which is becoming a mainstream today.
In a statement that the chipmaker released, Dadi Perlmutter, the company’s Executive VP, will talk about the latest chip design and the targeted low powered smartphones and tablet PC market. This new redesigned Atom chip is expected to have a high-performance feature and fast graphic chip just like its cousin processors.
To sum it up, the redesigned Atom chip is much newer and a different creation by Intel since its first design in 2008. Based on the 3D transistor 22-nanometer design, the new chip will have 4 processing cores.
This will be a good leap for Intel because devices that use the old Atom chips don’t give a good performance when running on Windows 8 especially on multitasking. The new Atom chip is expected make up this performance.
Devices equipped with the new Bay Trail chip is expected to roll out this holiday season to target shoppers and Merrifield chips is expected to be on smartphones in 2014.
Tablet PCs has been quite aggressive today along with the smartphones. Some think that this technology will continue for a longer time but with during the interview of Bloomberg with BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, he said that tablets will be obsolete in five years. This indicates that he is not a fan of this technology in spite of releasing their own PlayBook Tablet
This is a bold statement from the CEO of a mobile technology manufacturer which also makes tablet PCs. In BlackBerry’s history, they also joined the tablet PC market and introduced their PlayBook. It was a great hit when it debuted but just can’t stand the competition against the emerging Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Now, BlackBerry’s PlayBook is more like a bargain item.
For those who bought a PlayBook, some of them did not like it and switch to new devices while some became a fan and hoped for a new model that will run the latest BlackBerry 10 OS, which also run on the latest BlackBerry Z10 smartphones. According to the BlackBerry executive, they will not manufacture tablet PC’s unless they can make a good profit from it. The CEO also noted that the tablet PC market is not a good sector to be in.
After the interview of Bloomberg with CEO Thorsten Heins, BlackBerry followed up a statement defending what the CEO said stating that the comments made were about the future of the mobile computing generally. They also said that they are learning more about the strategies to be used in their tablets and will share it to the public whenever it is ready.
Also in the interview, the BlackBerry CEO claimed that BlackBerry will be leading the mobile computing technology in the next five year.