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Pipo Work W4 – Another low cost slate for Chinese market

Of late, we’ve been seeing cheaper and cheaper Windows 8 slates, and well, Chinese manufacturers like Pipo have really been pushing the envelope lower and lower. That of course, has been the plan all along for Microsoft and its partners, lower prices and more devices mean more exposure after all. This time, we’re taking a closer look at the Pipo Work W4 which will cost US $81 once it hits the shelves.

Pipo Work W4 Windows 8 tablet PC
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Pipo Work W4 – Affordable productivity tablet PC

As its name suggests, this baby will be geared toward productivity. Like most uber affordable Windows slates, the Work W4 features an 8-inch display. In this case it’s an IPS panel that can produce a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. Under the hood, it is powered by an Intel Atom Z3735F quad-core (Bay Trail) processor, coupled with 1 GB of RAM. You may need some extra storage especially if you’re a file packrat or apps crazy, since this slate only sports 16 GB of internal storage. It likely will have a microSD card slot, however. Other features include a 0.3 MP webcam, a 2 MP rear shooter, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a 4500 mAh battery.

 

By this time, you may have found yourself wondering about the mini Windows 8 tablet deluge, the reason is simple enough. Microsoft has been giving away its operating system for free to manufacturers – that is, it’s free if they put it in a tablet with a small display (9 inches and below). It seems like that incentive is paying off, don’t you think?

 

Admittedly, affordable Windows 8 slates like the Pipo Work W4 don’t offer much in the specs department, but then again, if you just need something to check spreadsheets or edit work documents while on the commute, a sub-100 dollar price tag seems very tempting.

So where do I sign up?

Well, if you’re in China, then you’re in luck. The Pipo Work W4 will hit the shelves there soon enough, we don’t know when exactly though. If you’re outside of China, worry not. We’re pretty sure that this Windows slate, like other Chinese-made tablet PCs, will be available from online retailers and such.

via [Liliputing]

source [MikeCaneX]

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Meet the new Asus VivoTab 8 (M81C)

Microsoft and Intel have been pushing hard for small Windows devices, and here comes another one from Asus called the VivoTab 8. Sound a little familiar? Well, that’s because Asus released a small Windows tablet (their first) early this year and that was called the VivoTab Note 8. How is this new model different?

Asus VivoTab 8 (M81C) Windows 8.1 tablet PC

New Asus VivoTab 8 – Budget-friendly Windows 8 slate

Before we get into that, let’s check out what we can get out of the new slate. The new VivoTab 8 (model number M81C) packs an 8-inch 1280 x 800 WXGA IPS display, a 1.86 GHz Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad-core processor, and 1 GB of RAM (its product page indicates that models with 2 GB RAM will also be available). The M81C will also have 32 GB of built-in storage – you can add 64 GB to that using the unit’s microSD card slot. Other features are pretty standard: WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, two 2 MP cameras for the front and rear, a micro USB port, and a whole slew of sensors. According to Asus, the new VivoTab 8’s 15.2Wh battery can provide power for about 8 hours of use.

The new slate will be pretty light and portable at 330 g and 124.9 x 211.7 x 8.8 mm.

So what’s the difference between the new and old? The most noticeable difference is the lack of a Wacom digitizer, which means that the M81C will probably be slightly cheaper that the Note 8. The VivoTab 8 seems like a slightly nerfed Note 8, to be honest. The Note features a 5 MP rear camera (and a 1.86 MP front camera), a slightly bigger 15.5W battery, and comes with 2 GB of RAM. It’s even available in 32 GB and 64 GB models.

So how much is it?

Asus has yet to reveal that bit of information, but we do know that it’ll come in four colors (black, white, purple, gold) when it does hit the streets. When is another question that Asus hasn’t answered as of yet but we suppose it will be available within the next few months.

So while we wait for an official announcement with regards to pricing and availability, what do you think? Would you get a VivoTab 8? Or would you rather get the VivoTab Note 8 (which by the way you can now get for around US $250)?

via [Liliputing]

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iBall debuts Slide WQ32 business slate in India

When it rains Windows tablets, it pours Windows tablets. Even outside of IFA 2014, it appears many companies elsewhere are really quite fixated on them. We’re not surprised – even in a world where Apple and Google are ultra-prominent, Windows is still the name many people think of when it comes to business solutions. In this vein, we’ve just received word that Indian tech firm iBall has just launched its new Slide WQ32 business tablet in the local market – scroll down to learn more about this new device!

iBall Slide WQ32 Windows 8.1 tablet PC

iBall’s first 3G business tablet

The 8-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel Slide WQ32 is iBall’s first foray into the world of 3G-enabled slates. It’s a decidedly midrange device, featuring the familiar quad-core 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735D processor, and running on 2 GB RAM. The Slide WQ32 comes with 16 GB of built in storage that’s expandable through a microSD card slot. It’s also got two cameras, a 5 MP autofocus rear camera with flash and a 2 MP front snapper. Nothing super special in these terms, and just about right for the segment in which it competes.

But iBall’s also worked to try and make the Slide WQ32 more interesting to business types, so don’t write it off just yet. The slate will come generously bundled with a Microsoft Office 365 Personal subscription and 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage with OneDrive Sync – both free for a year – as well as Windows Defender Antivirus and Firewall. Also, according to iBall, the Slide WQ32 is able to connect to a range of plug and play peripherals like keyboards and ‘mice’ – and even scanners, projectors and speakers thanks to an HDMI out port and USB OTG compatibility, thus boosting its usability for business applications.

How much?

iBall will be asking Rs. 16,999 for the Slide WQ32 when it hits shelves in India, which, according to the firm, should take place within a few weeks.

(By the way, the company also mentioned that it would be launching its very first two-in-one, a 10.1-inch device, at the end of September in India, for those users for whom a dedicated tablet might not be what they need for work.)

source [NDTV Gadgets]

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Welcome the Alpentab, a wooden Windows tablet from Austria

The glut of products from IFA 2014 notwithstanding – you’ll forgive us if everything is beginning to run together and is starting to blur – a few of them really are standouts for one reason or another. Such as this one, the Alpentab – a Windows tablet from the Austrian firm Alpenelectronics. Head on down to find out more!

Wood, glorious wood

Save for stalwarts like Apple and Microsoft itself (with the Surface), the bulk of the tablet market appears to be heading downscale – time was when the first-generation Nexus 7 made headlines for its then-low price, and now you can pick up an Android tablet for much less than the price of an old Nexus 7. Windows tablets are heading in the same direction, as Microsoft and its friends begin to pivot to face Google and its partners in the bargain-basement realm.

This is decidedly not Alpenelectronics’ tactic. The Austrian firm appears to have decided to make handiwork and materials its unique selling proposition – thus the Alpentab, which is handmade, apparently to very high quality levels, using premium wood: walnut and oak. (Shades of Motorola as well, which is of course making customized wooden backs for its range-topping Moto X smartphones.)

Of course a device like this isn’t about the specs, and what news is available is a little light on discussions of the Alpentab’s specs. The model shown at launch is a 10-incher and it runs on an Atom Z3000 processor. A version that will be launched “in the future” will run on a Core i5 processor to benefit those of you for whom the Z3000 is inadequate. (And that’s all we have for you guys, specs-wise, as of this writing.)

Oh, and Alpentab also says that a special edition will be launched soon – expect a wooden keyboard and mouse as well (!).

If a woodchuck could chuck wood…

… and were in the market for a tablet, would he spring for an Alpentab? We’re not sure. It’s certainly appealing, but it’s also really quite expensive. Alpenelectronics says that the basic version costs 800 euros and a more gussied-up version – perhaps the top of the line one? – will go for something like 4,000 euros when it launches. Tell us what you think!

source [UMPC Portal]

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HP launches new Envy x2 two-in-one lineup

Not all the tablets that saw the light of day at IFA 2014 are bargain units. HP, for one, has trotted out its high-end Envy x2 lineup of two-in-one tablet cum laptop devices. Read on to find out more about them!

HP Envy x2 tablet PC hybrid

HP’s twin titans

As our source says, these two – dubbed the Envy x2 13 and Envy x2 15 – will be among the first computers that feature the Intel Core M Broadwell low-power processors. As such, they’ll be drawing a bit more attention than such devices normally would.

Well, we feel that another reason for such would be the sheer size of these units. As their names suggest, the x2 15 will have a 15.6 inch display, while the x2 13 will boast a 13.3 inch display. Both will come standard with a fabric covered and backlit Bluetooth keyboard, which incorporates a docking station and will let both tablets be used as notebooks.

The x2 15 will have up to 500 GB of hybrid hard drive internal storage, while the x2 15 will come with up to 256 GB of solid state internal storage. Both tablets will also feature Beats Audio, and, in press photos, look like they come with large front-facing speakers (which appear rather similar to those in HTC’s high end smartphones, but anyway). Other features of interest include a loop in the keyboard section that is probably intended for a digital pen or stylus. Perhaps some models and/or configurations will come with one standard or optional.

We agree with our source that while it’s definitely good to see that manufacturers are coming out with new units that harness the potential of the Core M Broadwell processors, we hope that smaller and more portable units will be sold soon. We’re unsure as to whether large devices such as these (with detachable screens) have too much of a market.

Price and availability

If you’re interested in these new devices, you shouldn’t have to wait too long for them. The Envy x2 13 will be sold beginning October 29 starting at US $1,050, whereas the Envy x2 15 will cost US $950 and up when it’s made available for purchase beginning November 5.

source [Liliputing]

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Acer introduces Iconia Tab 8 W, Tab 10 and One 8 tablets

Acer’s work is proceeding apace. The company is fattening up its range of product offerings by launching three new Iconia tablets at IFA 2014 – the Tab 8 W (a Windows slate), the Tab 10 and One 8 (both Android devices). Head on down to read more about these latest slates from Acer!

Acer Iconia Tab 8 W Windows 8.1 tablet PC
Acer Iconia Tab 8 W Windows 8.1 tablet PC

The Iconia Tab 8 W – productivity on the cheap

We begin by taking a look at the 8-inch and Windows 8.1 with Bing-running Iconia Tab 8 W, which, as our source mentions, is significantly cheaper than last year’s Iconia W3 – all of $149.99. To get it to that price point, of course, the company’s had to make do with some of today’s standard-slash-simple components; for instance, it runs on an Intel Atom Z3735G Bay Trail quad core processor.

Thankfully, though, Acer and Microsoft seem to have put in a genuine effort to make the 8 W stand out. It’s bundled with productivity apps – Outlook, OneNote, Powerpoint, Word and Excel – and can be had with an optional Crunch Keyboard, which connects to the 8 W wirelessly. The W3 is slated to arrive this November.

Acer Iconia Tab 10 Android Tablet PC
Acer Iconia Tab 10 Android Tablet PC

The Iconia Tab 10 – media savvy for less

Up next is the Iconia Tab 10, which appears to be trying to compete in the media consumption niche. This one has a 10.1 inch full HD IPS LCD Gorilla Glass display with anti fingerprint coating; is powered by a MediaTek quad core processor; and also runs an up to date OS – Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which will satisfy those for whom being up to scratch is crucial. But the story is really all about its Dolby Digital Plus surround sound speakers, for those who feel like sharing their media with the world, and its 5.1 channel sound via stereo headphones, for those who want to enjoy their media privately. The Iconia Tab is expected in the USA this month and will be sold in either black or white and for a starting price of just $199.

Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet PC
Acer Iconia One 8 Android tablet PC

The Iconia One 8 – all things bright and colorful

Last but not least we’ve got the Iconia One 8. This is an 8 inch, 1280 x 800 tablet that also runs Android 4.4 KitKat and shares the 8 W’s Bay Trail processor and Tab 10’s anti fingerprint screen coating. This slate, however, is all about its colors – it will be made available in as many as 10 color choices, from purple to yellow, when it arrives in Europe in October. (There’s no indication of it being sold in the USA). The One 8 will sell for about 149 euros.

source [ZDNet]

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Toshiba Encore Mini budget Windows tablet drops at IFA 2014

The cost of Windows 8 tablets has been dropping, in some cases considerably, over the last few months. Mostly this has been due to less-known brands trying to make a splash in the market by being able to move cheap units. But more and more of the more established and more reputable brands have been encroaching on the territory of the less famous brands. Toshiba’s one of the latest with its Encore Mini tablet, which retails for a whisker over $100. Read up on the Encore here!

Toshiba Encore Mini Windows 8.1 tablet PC

Cheap and chipper

The 7-inch Encore Mini is the first tablet from a top manufacturer to enter into the bargain-basement category. As such, although you do get full Windows 8.1, everything else is really rather basic. The display is just 1024 x 600 pixels; the processor an Atom one (the quad core Z3735G from Intel with 1 GB of RAM); the storage limited to 16 GB (expandable up to 128 GB via a microSD card slot); and the cameras just 2 MP (main) and 0.3 MP (front-facing). All told, not too much to write home about.

That said, Toshiba is sweetening the pot; it’s offering a full year of Office 365 for free, as well as a whopping 1TB of OneDrive storage, also gratis for one year.

Additionally, for those of you worried about whether a seven-inch Windows tablet can be in any way usable, both Toshiba and Microsoft appear to have sweated the details: the scaling has been optimized such that even in desktop mode, objects and icons on screen can be made large enough to be easily hit by one’s fingers. We can’t wait to give that a try – anything that makes smaller devices like these usable for big work applications like Excel, and which works seamlessly too, is no less than a winner in our book.

Like it? It’s available

If the Toshiba Encore Mini has piqued your interest, you’ll be pleased to know that it’s already available – you can pick one up for just US $120. Or you can just sit and wait – we’re definite Toshiba’s only the first major-league player to sell really cheap tablets of this sort, and that the competition will really heat up sooner rather than later.

source [Engadget]

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Archos 80 Cesium and Archos 101 Oxygen slates to debut at IFA 2014

What with the holiday season and special events like IFA 2014 looming, product release announcements and rumors have also been coming thick and fast. Here’s yet another one: French tech firm Archos is on the verge of launching two new tablets at this year’s IFA , the Windows 8.1-sporting Archos 80 Cesium and Android-running Archos 101 Oxygen, as part of a bigger set of product launches by the company. Interested? Scroll down to find out about these two upcoming slates!

Archos 101 Oxygen Android tablet PC
Archos 101 Oxygen

A branded Windows tablet for less

The 8-inch Archos 80 Cesium will bear the Archos and Windows banners at the low end of the market. For those of you who might be considering an inexpensive Windows slate, you might be interested to know that this one will cost just US $149 when it goes on sale.

Specs-wise, the Archos 80 Cesium won’t really be something worth writing home about. Expect it to rock an Intel quad core processor and an IPS screen that boasts 1200 x 800 resolution. Despite those unimpressive specs, this tablet still sounds like more than a bargain given its fire sale price.

A run of the mill Android tablet?

By contrast, the Archos 101 Oxygen doesn’t really stand out, because Android tablets with specs like it are legion nowadays. However, Archos is still hoping it’s adjudged worthy of consideration somehow. We hear it’ll be light enough to carry in a purse, in keeping with the current lighter-is-better mindset of tablet makers nowadays.

This one will be slightly larger than the Archos 80 Cesium – it’ll have a 10.1 inch, 1080p HD display and have 1.5 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory. Expect a “variety of proprietary applications” such as the Archos Media Player.

Overall, we think it’s really admirable that Archos is continuing to work to carve out a niche all of its own and bring units such as the Archos 80 Cesium and the Archos 101 Oxygen to market. While it may be an uphill struggle to do so, and one with no guarantee of success either, at least the company is working to stay competitive against its rivals.

source [TabTimes]

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A Closer Look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 3

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a laplet – a portmanteau of, you guessed it, laptop and tablet. (It sounds almost as odious as the phablet, but that’s another thing altogether.) Anyway, what can you expect from this latest model of the Surface product line? Read on to know more about it.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Laplet - Windows 8.1 laptop and tablet PC

The Laplet: Microsoft Surface Pro 3

So what is a laplet anyway? Well, it’s defined mainly by its x86-architecture CPU, full-featured Windows 8.1 operating system, and input/output ports typically found in laptops. They’re different from your typical convertible or hybrid tablets, since they are designed as laptop or desktop replacements. Yes, the Surface Pro 3 can actually replace your current laptop and you probably won’t find it lacking.

It’s certainly not a pansy in the specs department. The entry level model boasts of a 1.5 GHz Intel Core i3 (4020Y) processor with Intel HD 4200 graphics. The other two models feature 2.9 GHz i5 (4300U) with HD 4400 and 3.3 GHz i7 (4650U) with HD 5000 Haswell CPUs and GPUs, respectively. All three sport a 12-inch ClearType Full HD Plus display with a 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution. The rest of the specs are equally impressive: 4 or 8 GB of RAM, and internal storage options of up to 512 GB. Other features include WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 LE connectivity, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a mini DisplayPort, and two 5 MP cameras. Like its predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 ships with the Surface Pen too.

Check out Microsoft’s ad, taking a shot at a MacBook Air.

So how much?

The most basic model (i3, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB storage) will set you back US $799, while a midrange model (i5, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage) will cost you US $1299. If you want the high end model with an i7 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage, be prepared to shell out US $1949.

To get the full laplet experience, you may want to get the Type Cover keyboard or the recently released docking station. The Type Cover costs an additional US $130, while the docking station (featuring several additional ports and effectively turns the Surface Pro 3 into a desktop) costs $200.

What do you think? It’s a little too costly (okay, not just a little), but we hear you can totally get it for much cheaper… if you’re a student, that is.

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Croma debuts two new Windows 8.1 tablets in India

And the Windows tablet debut party continues! Tech firm Croma, a big retailer in the Indian market, has just debuted two new Windows slates – an 8-incher and a 10-incher. Want to find out more about them? Read on, friends!

Croma 1177 Windows 8.1 convertible tablet PC
image via gadgets.NDTV.com

All about the new Croma slates

For starters, no catchy names here – the 8-incher is named the Croma 1179 and the 10-incher the Croma 1177. Prices begin at around US $230 for the 1179 and US $361 for the 1177, placing these devices firmly in midrange territory.

The 1179’s 8 inch screen sports a 1280 x 800 resolution. It’s powered by a 1.33 GHz Intel Atom Z3735D processor (the Bay Trail-T). It runs 2 GB of RAM and has 32 GB of internal storage – no word as to whether more (or less) storage options will be available. But anyway, users can also take advantage of the unit’s built-in microSD card slot. Lastly, the unit’s battery is 5000 mAh, which should translate to good battery life if a user doesn’t push his or her unit too far. Lastly, the 1179 comes with two cameras and both are 2 MP units – strange given that the rear or main snapper is usually far more powerful than the front-facing one, but anyway.

The larger 1177 is rather more interesting than its little brother. Our source says that it’s a two in one product that integrates the functionalities of a laptop and a tablet – ergo, it’s got a detachable keyboard. It apparently comes with the same processor that powers its little brother, although Croma hasn’t seen fit to mention anything about its clock speed. The other interesting fact about the 1177 is that it comes with a SIM card slot – it’s a 3G unit – but apparently doesn’t come with an LTE option, at least not yet.

To sweeten the pot, Croma is offering a year’s subscription to Microsoft 365 with the purchase of either of these tablets.

So where can you get one?

The Croma 1179 and 1177 will be available at Croma’s brick and mortar stores and through its website too. (As of this writing, neither is available just yet online; nor has the company apparently said when they can be purchased.) In addition, the company is to sell the tablets online through another online partner in the near future.

source [NDTV]

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