An even lower cost Nexus 7 tablet could be on the horizon.
Google seems to understand that the best way of promoting Android is through low-cost hardware that doesn't suck. Such is the case with the Nexus 4 smartphone (that seems to never be in stock) and the Nexus 7 tablet, the world's first official Jelly Bean device and arguably the only true competitor to the iPad (Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet owners might scoff at that notion). The Nexus 7 is already affordable, but might we see a $99 tablet from Google?
Could this be the actual lineup for Haswell desktop parts?
Tech rumor site VR-Zone claims to have an authentic list of Intel’s first wave of “Haswell” desktop processors, and while we can’t confirm it outright, the parts listed seem highly plausible. Of the 14 CPU’s detailed, 6 fall under the category “standard power” with TDP’s of 84W, and 8 are referred to as “low power”, with TDP’s ranging between 65W - 35W.
Microsoft recently dumped the name Metro, insisting that it was merely a code name. While the company says that it’s now ready to move to a more “commercial” name for Windows 8’s typography-based design language, it has yet to announce one. But just because nothing has been announced does not necessarily mean that no decision has been made yet.
Whether or not Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablets go on to disrupt the tablet market, one thing’s for sure: their release will change the company’s relationship with PC manufacturers forever. PC vendors have already started voicing their discomfort with Microsoft’s decision to enter the tablet market with its own devices, which it says are “built to be the ultimate stage for Windows.” This is despite the fact that at this point nobody really knows whether Surface is simply meant to jumpstart the whole Windows 8 tablet category or if it’s an ambitious pilot project that could lead to more devices in the future. Going by a dozen or so job postings that were recently posted on the Microsoft Careers site, it looks unlikely that the Redmond-based company will stop making tablets anytime soon.
Will Microsoft’s Surface tablet really start at over $1,000? That is the question that has been on everyone’s mind ever since a listing for the upcoming Microsoft-branded tablet surfaced on Swedish site Webhallen. But we need not speculate any further as the Swedish e-tailer’s Surface pricing itself is pretty speculative.
Microsoft is turning the entire Windows UI on its head with Windows 8, but it sounds like they aren’t done rocking the boat just yet. According to respected Windows journalists Paul Thurrott and Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft is making plans to axe the full retail editions of Windows 8. This could mean the next time you go cruising the boxed software isle at your local Best Buy, the only thing you’ll be able to buy are upgrade editions.
More options are always a good thing, right? We hope so, because the sheer number of competitors jumping into SSDs is definitely starting to saturate the market. It looks like we could be seeing another new entrant before too long: MSI, a company known more for its mobos, graphics cards and gaming notebooks than its storage capabilities.
So far today, I've talked about Nvidia and Intel -- let's work AMD into the mix. Remember how earlier reports pegged October as the likely release window for the company's next-generation "Vishera"AM3+ CPUs? That month may just prove to busy one for AMD, as a new report claims that the launch of the desktop flavors of the Trinity APU have been pushed back from August to October.
We've got Ivy Bridge, we've got Trinity, when are we going to see a desktop follow-up to AMD's Bulldozer chips? Some hub-bub around the Web says we'll be seeing the Piledriver-based Vishera lineup sometime in the third quarter, with the flagship AMD FX-8350 possibly coming at the end of October.