BlackBerry wasn’t able to imitate its success story in the tablet arena like in the smartphone segment because of which its PlayBook range of tablets witnessed a rather steep fall in pricing within a short period of time after its launch.
The 7-inch tablet from BlackBerry is available for just ₹10,943 from eBay and packs a dual core processor clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, LCD display with 1,024 x 600 resolution, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 3-megapixel front one for video calling, a 5300mAh battery and 1 year’s manufacturer’s warranty among others.
The BlackBerry PlayBook is definitely a great buy for those who already own a BlackBerry smartphone as they will be able to do tons of things with it and the price tag is all the more attractive as you are getting a tablet from one of the top companies in the world.
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Samsung has launched three models of its next-generation tablets – the Galaxy Tab 3 in India at an event held in New Delhi.
The South-Korean company only unveiled the 7-inch and 8-inch variants in India and has left out the 10-inch model. The Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch model features a 7-inch screen with 1,024 x 600 resolution, is powered by dual-core Marvell SoC clocked at 1.2 GHz, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 3-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front one. The tablet comes with 8GB internal storage with support for microSD card for storage expansion.
The 8-inch model on the other hand has a larger screen with 1,280 x 800 resolution, is powered by a 1.5Ghz Samsung Exynos dual-core processor, runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.3-megapixel front shooter. The tablet has 16 GB internal storage and with microSD card support one can gain an additional 64 GB storage.
Samsung also announced that there is 50GB of cloud storage through Dropbox on offer. Further, Samsung has partnered with Vodafone and users buying 3G variant of the tablet will be given 2GB monthly data free for the first two month.
The tablets will be available from this Sunday – 20th July instore.
Lenovo has stopped selling its Windows RT tablet – Yoga 11 on its website indicating that the company may very well be planning to phase out the product.
Windows RT hasn’t found many backers and Lenovo was one of the companies that pushed out an ARM based laptop tablet convertible loaded with the beleaguered OS. Navigating to the Yoga 11 product page on Lenovo.com there is a message that reads, “This Product Is No Longer Available For Purchase On Lenovo.Com. You May Still Buy This Product From A Lenovo Retailer Or Reseller.” Retailers who are still selling this convertible include Office Depot, Tiger Direct in the US.
The removal of Yoga 11 from the website strongly suggests that Lenovo may not be manufacturing any more of these and the retailers may be just selling what is remaining in their inventory. Chances are these retailers may soon start off a firesale of the Yoga 11 tablet to get rid of the entire stock.
Microsoft, just last week, cut down the prices of Surface RT by $150 which points to the fact that Redmond’s own Windows RT tablet is not selling as it should.
Toshiba may be prepping for launch of a 7-inch tablet to rival the likes of Nexus 7, Kindle Fire HD and iPad Mini as recent leaks and benchmarks of a device point to a AT7-A in the works running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Benchmark results showed up on GFXBench site indicating to existence of Toshiba AT7-A, a 7-inch tablet with 1,024 x 600 resolution display powered by 1.6GHz processor and 1.6GHz processor and ARM Mali-400 graphics. That’s about it in terms of specification of the tablet. Nothing more is evident from the benchmark results.
There has been no official information from Toshiba either and we would have to wait for up until the company gives out more information on this. The specifications of the tablet are not ground breaking considering a lowly resolution of just 1,024 x 600. Further we are not even sure if Toshiba would want to launch such a tablet considering the 7-inch tablet market is getting flooded with tablets from other branded companies as well as white-box tablet vendors.
Microsoft has reduced the prices of its Surface RT tablets by $150 in a bid to lure customers into buying the, not so successful, tablet with the 32GB edition available for as low as $349 from Staples in the US.
The reports first surfaced on The Verge which claimed that Redmond was going to slash prices of the Surface RT by about 30 per cent. Confirmation soon followed from Staples as it updated its website to reflect the price reduction introduced by Microsoft.
The primary reason behind reduction of prices in Surface RT is that since its launch in 2012 the tablet hasn’t sold well. First and foremost reason is the price tag it came with even when Windows RT was limited in terms of feature set. Further there were reports that the tablet suffered from limited battery life and poor performance as compared to other cheaper and more powerful tablets out there.
Following the discount, the 64 GB version will cost $449.99, the Surface RT 32 GB with Touch Cover will cost $449.99, and the Surface RT 64 GB with Touch Cover will cost $549.99.
Zync Global, known for its smartphones and the Quad 9.7 tablet, is releasing another tablet – the Quad 10.1 with a quad-core processor and high-resolution screen.
India has witnessed a barrage of low-cost tablet launches since the beginning of 2012 and manufacturers are always trying to balance it out between top-notch specs and keeping the cost down such that it fits the budget of working class community in India. Zync Global is one such company and its latest offering – the Zync Quad 10.1 tablet is definitely worth a look.
The Quad 10.1 is powered by a quad-core processor (brand not known yet) and graphics is powered by Mali-400 MP4 octa-core GPU. Complementing the CPU and GPU is the 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage expandable to up to 32GB using a microSD card, 10.1-inch 1,920 x 1,200 pixel screen, Android 4.1 Jelly bean, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front one, microUSB, Wi-Fi, 8000mAh battery among others.
One thing that may not go well with many users is the absence 3G support. The tablet will be priced at ₹14,990.
Asus has launched its Transformer Book TX300 Windows 8 powered convertible notebook in India with a price tag of ₹91,999.
The notebook comes with a detachable screen allowing users to use the hybrid as a tablet as well and Asus claims that this particular product is the thinnest Windows 8 tablet in world. The TX300 is powered by an Intel core i5 3317U processor, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive and 128GB Solid State Drive (SSD), a 13.30inch full HD IPS display with 1920×1080 resolution, 5-megapixel rear camera and a HD front camera.
Some of the other features of the Transformer TX300 are Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, microHDMI, Wi-Fi, magnetic DC connector and microSD card reader in tablet mode. When the convertible is used as a full ultrabook, users will also get access to gigabyte Ethernet, two USB 3.0 ports, a mini DisplayPort and SD card reader.
The ₹91,999 price tag is definitely on the higher end of cost spectrum but, considering that Dell has launched its XPS range of ultrabooks at a similar price range, Asus may not be in for too much of a trouble wanting to sell such steeply priced notebook in the Indian market.
Datawind and CricHQ have join hands to provide Aakash tablet users with pre-installed applications through which they can get live score updates and other cricket based content.
Initially to be provided to all new Aakash customers, the apps will be preloaded by Datawind on its UbiSlate tablets for cricket based content on the go. The CricHQ app will give pan-India Aakash owners access to match scores, training videos and live ball-by-ball updates from cricket matches across the globe.
As of now there are only plans to pre-install the app on all new tablets but Datawind will not let customers already owning UbiSlate / Aakash tablet out of the loop. The company is working with CricHQ to make the application available to all currently sold tablets as well.
Government of India announced the proposed set of features for the next version of low-cost tablet Aakash IV and has made it available for comments from stakeholders. Some of the proposed features of the tablet are a 7-inch screen with atleast 800×480 resolution, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage expandable to 32GB and a battery that should provide atleast 5 hours of battery backup (on an average). If we dig deeper into the specifications, there is a lot of ambiguity in terms of the specification. Read on to find out.
According to the proposed specifications Aakash IV has to have a CPU that has an Antutu overall score of 3537. ALU-integer score has to be 689 and floating point score of 163. If we look at these numbers and compare those with tablets from big brands, the Aakash IV is likely to rank in between HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 (which were released over a year ago). This is surprising as there are quite a few sites which claim that the specifications are close to what Nexus 7 provides and that is just utter bollocks. Why would anyone want a tablet which is over a year old in terms of CPU. From our analysis a vendor could easily supply a Cortex-A8 CPU and still manage descent scores on Antutu but, that wouldn’t make Aakash IV a great tablet.
Display is another area which has ambiguity. On one hand the GoI specifications require a vendor to supply a tablet with at least 800×480 pixel resolution but on the other hand requires the tablet to play a 720p video. Seriously? I am not able to get my head around this.
“SD Card interface should be compatible with NFC based SD card”, reads one of the lines in the specifications. This technology is very new and considering that Aakash IV is not going to sell above the ₹5,000 mark, is this feature really required?
India’s dream of low-cost tablets is alive and kicking as the Government has proposed a set of technical specifications for Aakash IV and invited comments from stakeholders.
The proposed technical specifications are available through Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) and Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
According to the specifications, the GoI is looking for a tablet that has to be atleast seven inches in size, 0.75-inch think and shouldn’t weigh more than 500g. The tablet should be equipped with minimum of 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM and should have at least 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB using an SD card. Battery should last atleast for 3 hours when watching a 720p video or 5 hours when web browsing.
Aakash IV should run latest stable version of Android but, the government has made it clear that the tablet should support dual boot through an external SD card and that too the latest version of Ubuntu. The tablet should have English as a default language and should at least support Hindi, Tamil and Punjabi. Further the tablet should support HTML5.
Considering that the tablet would serve as a learning tool for students, the government is expecting that Aakash VI should not only support 2G, 3G & 4G connectivity, it should also have Wi-Fi and USB support for mouse and keyboard.
The release of technical specification on the website indicates that the Government is open to any vendor coming forward and supplying the tablets. This means that Datawind hasn’t been awarded the contract yet despite the fact that it was the company that delivered the first two iterations of the Aakash.