Acer's newest tablet rocks a quad-core foundation and Full HD 1080p IPS display
The tablet market isn't growing at the same clip it was a year ago, but growing it is, prompting tablet makers to come out with new devices. Acer just launched its Iconia Tab 8, an 8-inch Android slate with a Full HD 1080p (1920x1200) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with Zero Air Gap technologies to reduce light reflection and offer higher contrast with brighter, crisper images and better readability under sunlight.
Consumers aren't all that anxious to upgrade their existing tablets
Mobile devices are ultra hot right now, including tablets, though the market for slates isn't skyrocketing like it once was. Instead, consumers are largely content with their current tablet devices, and those who do see a need to pick up a new mobile device are trending towards phablet (large size smartphones) devices. As such, International Data Corporation (IDC) reduced its tablet shipment forecast for 2014.
Eurocom on Thursday added to its mobile lineup by announcing the Shark 3, a 15.6-inch laptop intended for users looking for an upgradeable and secure system with high performance parts. The Shark 3 comes stock with an Intel Core i5 4200M processor based on Haswell, Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, and a 500GB hard drive (7200 RPM), though you can expand its storage well beyond that.
Top tier motherboard makers turn their attention to gaming laptop market
It hasn't been all that long since gaming laptops came down in price to pedestrian levels. Combine that with the fact that mobile is trendy right now and it's not hard to see why so many companies are interested in competing in the gaming laptop category. MSI has been making a name for itself with affordable (and well specified) models the past few years, but lest the company think about resting on its laurels, Asus and Gigabyte have decided to go gunning for MSI in the gaming laptop space.
As expected, Microsoft took to stage and unveiled its Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. The third generation Surface represents an improvement over previous models in just about every way and may finally convince users it's worth using as their primary laptop. It's thinner at 9.1mm, lighter at 800g, and boasts a bigger display at 12 inches. The Surface Pro 3 is also faster with up to a Core i7 foundation.
You may have thought that netbooks had vanished from the modern era, but that's only partially true. Nobody really cares about Windows-based netbooks anymore, but would they buy one built around Android? Archos is determined to find out with its ArcBook, a 10.1-inch laptop running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. We've seen low cost Android laptops before, but according to Archos, the ArcBook is the world's first Android netbook with a touchscreen display.
MSI expands its gaming laptop line with two new models
It takes some monster hardware to push games at 4K, and on the flip side, most modern parts have no trouble pushing pixels at 1920x1080, otherwise known as Full HD 1080p. In an attempt to fill a niche in between those two resolutions, MSI today announced the availability of its GS60 Ghost Pro, a 15.6-inch gaming laptop with a 3K WQHD+ (2880x1620; 16:9) resolution.
Having looked on from the sidelines while several other OEMs jumped onto the Chromebook bandwagon early, Lenovo is now ready to punch its ticket into the category. Lenovo's launching two consumer Chromebook models, including a traditional clamshell N20 model and a multimode N20p featuring Laptop and Stand modes. Outside of the form factor tricks and touch support, both versions come with the same hardware specs.
International Data Corporation reports a slowdown in tablet shipment growth
According to latest data published by International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet and two-in-one device shipments dropped to 50.4 million units in the first quarter of 2014, which represents a 35.7 percent sequential decline and just 3.9 percent jump compared to the same quarter a year ago. IDC believes larger size smartphones are eating into the tablet category. In addition, existing tablet owners seem content with their current devices and are no longer upgrading as often.
Microsoft is giving away a limited number of Windows Phones this weekend
Statistically speaking, if you own a smartphone, there's a high probability that it's running Android or iOS. Microsoft is taking steps to change that, and if you're intrigued by what the company is doing with its Windows Phone platform, you may want to stop by a Microsoft Store this weekend, provided it's not too far out of your way. Those who do will have a chance to win a free Windows Phone.