October 16, 2012 |
The long-awaited pricing of Microsoft's Surface tablet has finally been revealed -- four months after the product was first announced. Microsoft said Tuesday it was taking pre-orders for its tablet, which starts at $499 for the 32 GB model that runs Windows RT, a lighter version of Windows 8 built for tablets. Prices go up to $599 for a 32 GB model that includes a cover with a built-in keyboard, and up to $699 for a 64 GB version with the keyboard cover, according to the pricing page.
June 18, 2012 |
After seeming to have tabled its tablet dreams, ceding the market to Apple and Google, Microsoft has surfaced, literally. It has announced its entry into the mobile market -- the Surface. But tucked away below the surface were unannounced details such as price and battery life. What we did learn was that the Surface comes in two different flavors -- for Windows RT and for Windows Pro. The RT version is in both 32-gigabyte and 64-gigabyte orientations. Some of the distinctive features of the 9.3-millimeter Surface is its magnesium case with a 10.6-inch Gorilla Glass display.
July 2, 2012 |
The big star of the Google I/O conference was the Nexus 7 tablet announced at the keynote speech Wednesday, and one of them arrived at our office Friday. At first glance, the Nexus 7's box looks surprisingly small for a tablet and more like an oversized container for a smartphone. But when you take off the cover, you find the 7-inch-screen tablet takes up the entirety of the box and actually looks like a pretty good-size device. The tablet, which is the first device to run Android Jelly Bean, takes a minute or two to get past the initial setup, but not too long after first being turned on, it's good to go. Google sent us an 8-GB version of the device, available to pre-order from Google Play for $199.
July 31, 2012 |
Apple may have sold 17 million iPads in the last quarter, but its share of the tablet market has slipped significantly in the last year, according to a new report from Frank N. Magid Associates, a research-based consulting firm in New York. In a recent survey of 4,734 cellphone and smartphone owners, Magid found that 50% of people with a tablet have an iPad. That doesn't sound so bad until you consider that previously that number had been more like 72%. The slack was taken up by Amazon's Kindle Fire, which has jumped from zero to a 22% share of the market since it launced in fall 2011, Tom Godfrey, executive director of mobile strategy for Magid, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.
June 25, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble announced its exit from the tablet manufacturing business Tuesday, blaming its line of Nook color-screen tablets for poor annual earnings. The book retailer said a 16.8% drop in sales of all Nook devices -- including its black-and-white e-readers -- for the 2013 fiscal year was a big reason for the company's overall fiscal year revenue being down more than 4% to $6.8 billion. The company based in New York City said its unsold inventory of Nooks was key to company losses of nearly $155 million for the year, nearly 136% higher than net losses posted for fiscal year 2012.
August 27, 2012 |
Samsung posted a picture of a Windows 8 tablet on Facebook late Sunday, teasing that it will be revealed at a trade show in Germany that starts later this week. The South Korean company posted the picture on one of its Facebook pages with a caption "Don't worry, it's just around the corner. " The image shows a tablet running Windows 8. Behind it is what appears to be a detachable keyboard, and toward the bottom of the picture, Samsung included "IFA 2012," a consumer electronics trade show that starts Friday and goes through Sept.