Looking for a Windows 8 tablet with Intel inside? Boy, have you come to the right place. Today's crop of deals are chock full these Wintel devices. Kicking them off is today's top deal for a Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx Tablet for $274 with free shipping (normally $299 - use coupon code Pandora13). It has an Intel Atom Z2760 processor driving an 11.6-inch touchscreen display, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, and of course Windows 8.
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It's pretty rare to score a desirable tablet for a fraction of its retail price, but if you're willing to ink a 2-year service agreement with Sprint, you'll soon be able to bring home a Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for $50 (plus tax). Sprint says the $50 price tag is an introductory rate, though it's unclear how long that price is valid. What we do know is that it goes into effect on October 11, 2013, in all Sprint channels, including Sprint Stores, Spring Business Sales, web sales, and via telephone.
While Michael Dell is celebrating the impending acquisition of the company he co-founded, which he'll take private once the deal is complete, it's still business as usual for Dell, the world's third largest PC maker. On tap from Dell are more than half a dozen portables designed for Android or Windows 8.1, including four Venue tablet products and three XPS laptops of various sizes and configurations.
Amazon on Wednesday unveiled its third generation of Kindle Fire tablets with the moniker "HDX" added to the end. Like the Kindle Fire HD family, Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX comes in two size options, 7 inches and 8.9 inches. Unlike the previous slates, however, the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets are rocking a 2.2GHz Qualcom Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor with 3x the processing power and other tantalizing upgrades.
Surface Pro 2 boasts up to 75 percent longer battery life than predecessor
Microsoft on Monday introduced the world to the second generation of its Surface tablet family. According to Microsoft, the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 both pack “significant” improvements in everything from processing power to battery life.
Nvidia designs GPUs and launches reference graphics cards around its new silicon, which its hardware partners then take and either customize to their own liking -- beefed up cooling solutions, for example -- or simply replicate and slap their own logo on the box. In a somewhat similar fashion, Nvidia just announced Tegra Note, a full-fledged tablet platform running its Tegra 4 System-on-Chip (SoC).
Microsoft has put the past behind it and is nearly ready to introduce to the world its second generation Surface line later this month. The special unveiling is scheduled to take place on September 23, 2013 in New York City, according to invitations Microsoft has begun sending out to members of the press. At that time, the Redmond outfit will introduce its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro products.
Google's hardware partners figured out that lower priced slates are where the real money is at, but if you're more interested in a premium, non-iPad tablet and are willing to pay more for a higher end device, Asus has your back. The company introduced its new Transformer Pad TF701T, a 10.1-inch Android tablet rocking a 2560x1600 resolution and Nvidia's latest and greatest Tegra 4 quad-core processor with 72-core GeForce GPU.
Go ahead and forget all about the original Surface RT and Surface Pro. They came, they flopped, and Microsoft ate its fair share of crow prepared long ago by Acer. It was also a learning experience for Microsoft -- albeit an expensive one -- and hopefully the lessons learned will result in a smoother Surface 2 launch and warmer reception than its predecessor. Yes, there will be a Surface 2, and this is what we know about it so far.
Piles of unsold Surface inventory are sitting in Redmond, and part of the reason for that is because it's extremely tough to sell a $499+ non-iPad tablet to the masses, a lesson Google's hardware partners found out early on. That doesn't mean Windows 8 tablets are a bust, they just need to come down in price and have more apps available. Toshiba is taking care of the first part by launching the appropriately named Encore.