HP releases the first of many tablets planned for 2013.
HP’s mishandling of the Palm acquisition will go down in history as one of the worst mobile plays in the history of technology, but the company has licked its wounds and is finally ready to give it another shot. Today, HP has announced its very first Android product: the Slate 7. The price tag on the company’s new tablet certainly catches the eye, however the specs leave much to be desired.
Jelly Bean and aggressive prices, what’s not to like?
Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona, and while it is intended to be a smartphone focused event, tablets seem to be stealing all the headlines. Lenovo has added 3 new tablets to its 2013 lineup, and the entry level model bears a striking resemblance to Google's Nexus 7. It appears as though Lenovo believes they stand a better chance of wrestling market share from the budget / mid-range category, rather than going after Samsung and Apple on the high end.
Just about everyone has a smartphone or tablet these days, so in addition to buying family/friends physical gifts, why not gift a few apps this holiday season? Ranging anywhere from $1 to $30, apps are like digital stocking stuffers, perfect as last minute purchases that won’t break your budget.
The typical support lifecycle for a tablet seems to be around two and a half years if you ask Apple; or until you reach the parking lot if you buy from an Android OEM. When Microsoft released the Surface last month we had no reason to believe they would be pushing for anything different, but then again, they want you to believe its more laptop than tablet right? Microsoft has finally professed their support intentions for the Surface, and we are cautiously optimistic they are moving the bar forward.
AMD and Intel have been locked in a CPU arms race for the better part of a decade, but at least for the short term, Intel has turned its focus towards competing with ARM. Consumers have been flocking en-mass to low power mobile devices, and Atom will be the company’s long term strategy to compete on the low end. 2013 will be the year of Clover Trail, however a leaked Intel roadmap is letting us know what we can look forward to in 2014.
It’s been a slow build over the last several years, but for the first time ever, NPD is reporting that tablet displays are shipping in greater quantities than those destined for notebooks. This doesn’t mean notebook computers are dead by any stretch of the imagination, but it does bring to light an interesting trend that is only likely to accelerate.
The CEA (Consumer Electronics Association), who organizes the world’s largest gadget-fest known as CES, has announced that over 20,000 products will be on display from over 3,000 exhibitors at this year’s trade show. The annual event will run from January 8th-11th 2013 in Las Vegas, and over 150,000 attendees are expected to pass through the massive Las Vegas Convention Center.
The tablet market is a pretty cut throat place to be these days. On the high end Apple simply dominates with the iPad, on the middle ground Google’s new Nexus line carefully appeals to those with a strong sense of price vs. performance, and Amazon fills out the low end. This isn’t to say Amazon’s tablet offerings aren’t well spec’d, but simply put, they aren’t worth the investment if you aren’t willing to commit to Amazon’s content ecosystem. Barnes & Noble has found itself awkwardly positioned against the competition these days, and are likely hoping a price cut on its older tablet lineup will help set them apart.