Over the past few weeks we have been hearing about smaller Windows 8 based tablets making their way into the market,with Microsoft hinting smaller display support with the updated minimum display resolution brought down to 1024×768.
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Now according to the latest reports from the WSJ suggests that Asus who is one of the Hardware partners of Windows 8 operating system are prepping a smaller Windows 8 tablet.As per their reports Asus’s CEO Jerry Shen has confirmed their intensions of making Windows 8 tablets with smaller form factor and these devices could be released in the later half of this year.The reports also suggests that the company will be targeting the Under $300 price range for the Windows 8 based tablet from the company.
It is going to be an interesting battle among Windows 8 based smaller tablets and the competitors like Apple iPad mini and the Nexus 7 tablets which are priced in the similar price range and this would definitely help Microsoft’s latest operating system gain market share which is currently dominated by iOS.
We have heard some rumors about the supposed Surface tablet with a smaller form factor.Quite recently Microsoft reduced the minimum resolution requirements for Windows 8,bringing it down to 1024×768 down from previous 1366×768 resolution,indicating that the smaller Surface is in the works.
Recently Wall Street Journal ,also reported that the Surface mini with 7″ display will be released in near future.But according to Paul Thurrott(courtesy twitter),who is well known for his Windows platform and upcoming products Predictions,there will not be a 7″ Surface mini from Microsoft,but it rather would be the 8 incher Surface mini.
Be it an 8 incher Surface mini or a 7 incher Surface mini,it would be interesting to see the price point at which Microsoft releases these tablets.Because there is already an intense competition with 7 and 8 ” tablets starting as low as $199 from the likes of Amazon Kindle Fire HD and google with Nexus 7 and even the iPad mini.
We have a bunch of Windows 8 based tablets available from manufacturers like Dell,Samsung,HP,Acer and Microsoft with their Surface Tablets.But all the Windows 8 tablets are 10″ and above.
Over the past few months we have been hearing about smaller form factors making their way to the Windows 8 tablet market and as per some recent changes in the Microsoft’s Windows 8 tablet Resolution requirements which are now set to a minimum of 1024×768 resolution for the devices(down from 1366×768 which was the previous minimum requirement),we might very well see some smaller Windows 8 tablets,like a 7 or 8″ Windows 8 tablet in near future.This change in the resolution would allow the Windows 8 manufacturers to introduce smaller and low cost Windows 8 tablets with a display size of 7″ and 8″,just like those Nexus7′s and the iPad mini’s.
Along with that announcement Microsoft also reduced the Maximum Tablet size to 17″ ,Above that size, touch systems without batteries and attached accessible keyboards don’t need to meet all of the tablet requirements.
Though this change in minimum resolution would disable the Span feature which allows the users to run two Windows Store apps simultaneously side by side so this is a drawback of the change in resolution,so if the manufacturers go on making the 7 or 8 inchers in the future they would have to clarify users on this absence of the feature.
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Fujitsu has recently announced their new tablet powered by Windows 8 operating system,the Arrows Tab Q582/F.
The Arrows Tab Q582/F has a 10.1″ display,powered by an Intel Atom Z2760 processor,to go with a 2GB of RAM.The tablet sports a 64GB SSD,but one of the most exciting features of this tablet is that it is water resistant and at around 584 grams and 9.9mm thickness,Fujitsu claims that this is the slimmest Water and Dust Resistant Windows 8 tablet.
How water resistant is it?,well just have a look at the excerpts from their press release,
With the terminal cap and slot cap tightly closed, IPX5 and IPX8 water resistance features protect the tablet from water damage. IPX5 designation indicates that the tablet can normally function after being sprayed with water from a nozzle with a diameter of 6.3 mm at a rate of 12.5 liters per minute from a distance of approximately 3 meters for a period of at least 3 minutes. The IPX8 designation indicates that the tablet will function normally after being immersed in room-temperature tap water to a depth of 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. When the terminal cap and slot caps are tightly closed IP5X dust resistance features protect the tablet from dust damage. IP5X indicates that the tablet can be left in an environment with dust particles with a diameter of 75 µm or less for 8 hours and still function and remain safe to use.
Amongst other features the device has an extended battery life of 10.3 hours during video playback,the device also support receiving speeds of upto 75Mbps and transmitting speeds of upto 25 Mbps courtesy the ultra high speed Xi communication network.
The Arrows tablet will go on sale next month with a price tag of around 125,800 Yens which translates to around $1365.
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Microsoft launched the Windows 8 platform eyeing the Tablet market which is currently lead by apple iPad and though its still early days to talk about the impact of Windows 8 tablets in the worldwide market share,but according to some new reports from Forrester Windows 8 tablet future looks bright.
According to their latest reports,over 32% of their surveyed workers favoured Windows 8 as their next Tablet operating system choice as compared to 26% who chose iPad as their next tablet,with around 12% choosing the third alternative Android tablets as their choice.
Only thing which could question the legitimacy of this report is the number of workers polled for this survey.In this survey Forrester polled around 9766 workers,so to project these numbers to a larger scale like a country or even bigger population is always a factor to be taken into consideration.So with these less numbers we can’t predict that around 200million people would go on to buy the Windows 8 tablet.
If this is really a trend in the Workers then we would see it reflect upon the upcoming Surface Pro devices which are slated for launch in a couple of days time.
We have seen many a tablets ranging from the likes of Acer W510 to the Asus tablet to the Microsoft Surface RT.microsoft touted about the build quality of the Surface RT testing it with a stage drop at launch as well as the all Skating thingy former Microsoftie Steven Sinofsky did.
But this time around there seems to be a solid competitor in the making from Panasonic,who recently announced a Windows 8 tablet under their Toughbook range.The FZ-G1 Windows 8 toughbook tablet is 4 foot drop resistant,dust trsistamt and water resistant!
Apart from all these amazing features the device also sport good hardware specifications like Intel Core i5 processor and upto 8 GB of RAM support,with storage options of 128GB and 256GB SSD,to go with a Stylus for the capacitive touch screen.
Though this would be a pricy affair when it releases later this year in March with a starting price of $2900.
There has been rumors in the blogosphere that Nokia would be launching it’s Windows RT tablet as soon as in February next year. This rumors comes from DigiTimes, who got this information from the supply chain.
Nokia plans to launch 10 inch Windows RT tablet which would be running on Qualcomm’s S4 processor. Earlier it was confirmed by Nokia’s design head that they had a tablet in works. According to Digitimes the tablet was delayed because Microsoft planned to launched Surface and Nokia focused on Windows Phone.
Nokia may launch this tablet in between February 25-28 during the Mobile world conference in Barcelona, Spain
We have already seen a lot of Windows 8 tablets from various manufacturers like Dell,HP,Asus,Acer,Samsung and of course Microsoft’s very own Surface Tablets,all of them with similar features like their competitors and so far we haven’t seen any Exceptional feature from those tablets.
But Fujitsu Thinks otherwise,as reported earlier by Engadget,Fujitsu at a Recent Trade show in Asia showcased their upcoming version of Windows 8 Arrows Tablet,this tablet is on the similar grounds of their last years Android 3.0 offering which was shown off at CEATEC last year and like its older rother this one is also a waterproof tablet as confirmed by the booth worker.
The device features a pair of front and rear facing camera,a Micro USB port,a Micro SD card slot,no other specification or pricing details were revealed about the tablet.The device is However slated for late October or November timeframe,as we already know that Windows 8 will be released for public on 26th October so we can expect the device to be released within a few days of the official Windows 8 release.
Intel today showcased their new Clover Trail Processors for Windows 8 based devices at an event in San Francisco.They showcased many of their upcoming devices from various manufacturers like Dell,HP,Acer,Lenovo for Windows 8 launch.
One of the devices featured in the event was the ZTE V98 tablet based on Intel’s neW chipset Z2760.The device sports a 10.1″ display with a resolution of 1366×768,2GB of RAM,32GB of storage space,a pair of cameras,2 megapixel of front and 8 megapixel of rear camera with 1080P video recording,with UMTS,LTE and WiFi connectivity options.
The device weighs in at 700 gms with a thickness of 8.9mm making it a slick device.no pricing details of the device have been specified,that might be due to the fact that it will be available by the first quarter of 2013.
It’s been a buzzing week as far as the Windows 8 devices are concerned.We saw Samsung’s two prototype Windows 8 devices with dual screen and the other one with super high resolution display at the IFA event in Berlin.
Acer who is also one of the prime hardware partner for Windows 8,showcased their upcoming Windows 8 based devices.First up there’s the notebook-tablet hybrid offering the Acer Iconia W510.Sporting a 10.1 inch display with an option of an add on keyboard via a dock,which can in turn boost the battery life of upto 18hours,to go with a micro-HDMI port and a microSD card slot.
The second device is the Acer Iconia W700,sporting a big 11.6″display,3 USB ports, a micro-HDMI port,front and a rear camera to go with,it also feature a cradle which can be used to view the screen in a number of different positions.
Then there are the Notebooks(touch screen based) with their Aspire (V5 Series) laptops.There will be two variants,one with a 14 inch display and the other one featuring a 15.6 inch display,powered by Intel based processors and the graphics will be boosted with Nvidia chips.
They also revealed a bunch of Ultrabooks featuring a Touch Screen along with a AIO 27″ PC with 1080P resolution the 7600 U which has a 64 touch point support.Since we are still more than a month away from the official public release of Windows 8,the pricing details haven’t yet been announced from most of the manufacturers,but we can expect a word on that in coming days.
Source:[Acer Press Release] via[Neowin]