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.
Checkout the Press Release For more details.
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]
As we inch closer to the public release of Windows 8 slated for October 26th launch,we are getting more and more rumors about the upcoming Windows 8 based tablets every now and then.
The recent one involves a Windows 8 tablet coming from Nokia.Though for a long time it’s been in the rumors.According to recent reports coming from WPDang,Nokia may be working on a windows 8 based tablet as per the supposedly leaked internal slides.The image consists of a Windows Phone device and a Widows 8 based tablet claimed to be running on a x86 based processor,since the picture sports a desktop mode(though WinRT version of Windows also feature a desktop mode).
Another report coming from WPCentral suggests that,Nokia which will be announcing their Windows Phone 8 devices next week on 5th Sept,So it would be an ideal time for their Windows 8 based tablet announcement.Though there is nothing official about the Nokia Windows 8 tablet,we will have to play the waiting game till next week.
So far we have known two of the Windows RT based tablets coming this year,One from Asus with their Asus tablet 600 and the other one from the Software Giant itself with the release of Surface Win RT based tablet launching with the public release of Windows 8.
Apart from that there weren’t any official word on any other manufacturers playing the Windows RT Card.But there were rumors about some of the leading hardware partners of Microsoft are prepping their version of ARM tablets for Windows 8.
Now,in a recent post at their Building Windows 8 Blog Microsoft has confirmed that Samsung,Dell and Lenovo are all set to bring their version of Windows RT based tablets soon.Though the article didn’t go into detailed specifications or the pricing details of these ARM based devices but these are targeted for a lower price range,while the traditional Intel and AMD based tablets will target the higher price range with the likes of Surface Pro Tablet which will be launched at a later timeline.
Microsoft has already said that the pricing of Windows 8/Windows RT based Tablets will be competitive with the existing tablets in the market and with the high end tablets competing with the Ultrabooks with the help of add on Keyboards.