Tablet shipments have been on the rise in 2013, but that shouldn’t surprise anybody. IDC analysts tell us that a total of 217.1 million units were shipped in 2013, which represents a 50.6% YoY growth rate.
Unfortunately, though, the mature markets are already pretty saturated and there is lots of competition so the rate of growth is slowing down. The growth in 2012 over 2011 was a good 87.1%.
Manufacturers are turning their attention to developing markets however high-margin products such as Apple iPads are not doing that well in these regions. Read more »
Apparently following the more is more philosophy, Samsung USA has revealed that they will be releasing a Galaxy Tab designed for education.
The tab has been created in coordination with the Google Play for Education program. Read more »
Samsung has chosen Carphone Warehouse as a “preferred partner” for Europe. The retailer will collaborate with Samsung to open and manage over 60 dedicated stores of the Korean company.
Carphone Warehouse is already managing the three pilot stores and it seems Samsung is happy with the results and has decided on an aggressive expansion. Read more »
Samsung put out a sweet AMOLED-packing tablet in 2011 but, disappointingly for AMOLED fans, hasn’t produced a sequel yet. The wait may be coming to an end – according to Korean publication ETNews Samsung Display will start mass production of tablet AMOLED screens next month.
According to the report, the display will be 10.5″ big and pack QHD resolution (2,560 x 1,440). Read more »
This past Thursday, an LG tablet with the model name VK810 was cleared with the FCC. It’s designed to work with Verizon’s 4G network and judging by the dimensions of the device, it’s a pretty safe bet that it’s going to be LG’s G Pad 8.3.
The exact specs of the device haven’t been outed, but there are some confirmed features on the FCC report. Read more »
Munster consensus numbers indicate that Apple could have moved 24-25 million iPad units in Q4 2013. These numbers gain more credence when you consider that Fortune magazine echoed pretty much the same figures.
Many analysts believe that Apple could have sold even more iPads had it not been for the shortage of retina displays for the iPad mini. Couple this with the fact that the iPad air didn’t hit shelves until November 1st, and we could continue to see strong iPad sales even throughout Q1 2014. Read more »
Sony took the wraps off a Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra in Japan. The previously leaked compact tablet will hit the shelves in its homeland this Friday, on January 24.
The ultra-thin slate is priced at ¥52,000 (about $499). Read more »
Live photos of the Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra have surfaced after the device made an appearance in AnTuTu benchmark listings and the FCC. Carrying the model number SGP412, the Xperia Z Ultra Wi-Fi has also got its manual leaked, which confirms its identity.
The exterior of the Wi-Fi only version of the phone remains unchanged. It still sports an all-around glass design and looks exactly as beautiful as its LTE-enabled counterpart. Read more »
According to the latest reports the next iteration of the popular Google Nexus tablet will feature an Intel processor, when it debuts in the second quarter this year. The information comes from the famous DigiTimes insider sources, which aren’t the most reliable around but have come up with the occasional gem.
The slowing demand for the second-generation Nexus tablet and the stiff competition has made the search engine giant to turn its focus on the next edition of the slate. Read more »
Samsung made the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 slate official last week with Poland being the first to have the tablet on sale. Now, Russia is joining in on the fun and there the tablet is up for pre-order.
The Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 sales for RUB6,990 (approximately $205), while the 3G model comes at RUB9,900 ($295). The latter is $20 more expensive than what the slate costs in Poland, but Russia has always been notorious for having the tech a bit more pricey than other places in Europe. Read more »
Today Huawei announced the successor to the affordable MediaPad 7 Youth tablet it launched last year. Predictably called the MediaPad 7 Youth2 (the lack of space is not a typo), the slate sports a metallic frame surrounding its 7″ display of 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.
Under the nice looking aluminum gold back, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with quad-core 1.2GHzCPU and 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Thankfully, there’s a microSD card slot on board. Read more »
Research and analyst agency Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has outed a part of its yearly analysis of the tablet markets. According a tweet by the company, Microsoft Surface sales have gone up in the month of December.
For now, there’s no specific data to show just how of a brisk turn the Surface sales have taken. However, the research company says Microsoft is still “far behind” the market leaders. Read more »
Sharp has announced a new tablet running Windows 8.1. The RW-16G1 is a massive 15.6-inch tablet, designed more to be used on your desk than on the move.
The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 3200×1800 and uses an IGZO panel. It also comes with a stylus with 256 step digitizer for pressure sensitivity. Inside, there is a 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 4400, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD. The RW-16G1 claims to have a battery life of up to 9-hours. Read more »
The user manual of a yet-to-be announced Samsung tablet has surfaced on the company’s website. Samsung’s Polish website has listed the user manual of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite with the model number SM-T110 that is said to be the Wi-Fi variant of the upcoming slate.
According to the manual, the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite will sport a 7-inch display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. The tablet will be powered by 1.2 GHz dual-core Marvell PXA986 processor and the Vivante GV1000 GPU. Read more »
The Nokia Video Director app was unveiled alongside the Lumia 2520 Windows RT tablet. The app offers a simple way to throw together videos, with transitions and background music.
A new teaser video reminds people who bought the 2520 to download the app (and the accompanying WP8 app to more easily grab videos shot with your phone). Read more »