HP's Envy x2 is back, only this time it looks less like a traditional laptop and is more powerful than before. Taking a page from Microsoft's Surface design, the Envy x2 now comes with a kickstand. HP is billing it as a detachable PC with mutiple modes, including an all-in-one mode (detached from the keyboard), notebook mode (attached to the keyboard), and tablet mode (detached from the keyboard and used as a tablet).
E Fun Nextbook will come with a 1 year Office 365 Personal subscription
Another ultra-cheap Windows 8.1 tablet is getting ready to join Microsoft’s ongoing assault on Chromebooks and low-end Android tablets. The 8-inch Nextbook from E Fun will be available at Walmart stores on Black Friday 2014 for as low as $99.99, Microsoft announced in a blog post Thursday.
Tis the season of new tablet launches. First Apple rolled out its iPad Air 2, then Amazon announced a new line of Fire HD slates, and now Google is getting in the game with the Nexus 9, it's new line of Android 5.0 Lollipop tablets that are now available to pre-order from Google Play, Amazon, and Best Buy. Pricing starts at $399, which gets you the 16GB model with Wi-Fi.
Dell has quietly begun selling a new 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet. Part of the Venue 8 Pro family the company introduced last year, this latest 8-incher from Dell is not unlike other 8- and 7-inch Windows tablets currently on the market. For instance, it packs the same Intel Bay Trail Atom processor as the dirt-cheap, 7-inch likes of the HP Stream 7 ($100) and the Toshiba Encore Mini ($120).
Is there a more appropriate name for a line of tablet PCs than Yoga? While you ponder that one, take note that Lenovo just expanded its Yoga Tablet 2 family with the new Yoga 13-inch Tablet 2 with Windows. Joining its 8-inch and 10-inch Windows-based brethren, Lenovo's latest slate is not only the largest, but also the most flexible in that it boasts a new mode -- Hang.
With some help from Samsung, Barnes and Noble this week introduced the biggest size Nook ever at a special introductory price. For a limited time, you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab Nook 10.1 tablet for $300 (B&N members save an additional 10 percent), which comes with more than $200 of free content from the Nook store, including an assortment of bestselling books, popular TV shows, top magazines, and apps, B&N says.
Today's a big day for Google and its Android platform. In addition to launching the big-size Nexus 6 handset built by Motorola, Google today also unveiled the Nexus 9 tablet built by HTC. Like the Nexus 6 smartphone, the Nexus 9 rocks the newest build of Google's mobile operating system, Android 5.0, otherwise now known as Lollipop. Unlike the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 sports a 64-bit Nvidia Tegra K1 processor clocked at 2.3GHz inside.
Tablets are starting to look like that popular kid from high school who fizzled in his later years. After seeing a surge in sales, including a whopping 55 percent growth rate in 2013, market research firm Gartner predicts that tablet sales will only grow by 11 percent in 2014. By Gartner's estimate, worldwide tablet sales are on pace to hit 229 million units this year, representing 9.5 percent of total device sales (including smartphones, hybrids, traditional PCs, and ultramobile premium devices).
At long last, Microsoft gives Surface Pro 3 owners the ability to adjust stylus sensitivity
When Microsoft pushed out an out-of-band Surface Pro 3 firmware update earlier this week, it said the update was meant to enable “additional upcoming configuration options” for the tablet’s stylus, leaving us to wonder as to what those additional options might be. The suspense is now over.