By Lisa Johnston
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Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless expanded its 4G LTE tablet section for the second consecutive day, this time adding the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro with 12.2-inch screen.
Yesterday, the company began offering LTE-equipped version of LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet.
The additions expand the carrier’s LTE tablet selection to 11 models, excluding used models. Both new models are available through Verizon stores and indirect channels.
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Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung announced March 9 availability of its $649 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 through major retailers.
The retailers include Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard & Sons, Fry’s and Newegg. It will also be available through Samsung.com.
The Android 4.4 Wi-Fi tablet will come with 32GB of internal storage and more than $800 worth of bundled content, the company said.
Basking Ridge, N.J. — Verizon Wireless will again expand its selection of LTE-equipped tablets with the March 6 availability of an LTE-equipped version of LG’s G Pad 8.3 tablet.
Verizon has the lifetime exclusive on the tablet, which will be available in direct and indirect channels on March 6, a Verizon spokesperson told TWICE.
From March 6-10, the tablet will retail for $99 with a new, two-year activation, After that, the price goes to $199. Consumers can add the tablet to a More Everything plan for $10 per month.
By Joseph Palenchar
New York – Barnes & Noble didn’t launch a new Nook for the recent Christmas selling season but promises to launch a new model sometime after April, said CEO Michael Huseby.
He also warned that the company might need to take “additional actions” to pare Nook expenses despite a staff reduction in the fiscal 2014 third quarter ending January 24.
Port Washington, N.Y. — Tablets with embedded cellular modems accounted for a shrinking share of retail-level U.S. tablet sales in 2013, yet the installed base of tablets with an embedded modem and active cellular subscription grew by 46 percent, The NPD Group found.
The installed-base growth is due to the launch of carrier’s data-share plans, which reduce the relative cost of powering cellular-capable tablets, NPD told TWICE. In the past, many consumers purchased cellular-equipped tablets but didn’t activate them, it said.
Barcelona, Spain — Lenovo unveiled its Yoga 10-inch HD+ Android tablet, a trio of quad-core Android smartphones, and a family of DoIt Android apps intended to protect and manage data.
The Android 4.3 Yoga 10 HD+ multimode tablet will be available from major U.S. retailers as a Wi-Fi-only model at $349. A version with 3G W-CDMA voice and data will be available outside the U.S.
Lenovo launched its first Yoga multimode Android tablets last October in the U.S. in 8- and 10-inch versions at a suggested $249 and $299.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Nvidia unveiled Friday the Tegra Note 7 LTE tablet that adds a 4G LTE cellular connectivity, via the company’s i500 LTE modem, to what it called “the world’s fastest 7-inch Android tablet.”
The LTE-enabled version of the Tegra Note 7, which joins the currently available Wi-Fi version, includes a Tegra 4 processor, a stylus, built-in audio system, Android 4.4.2 platform and Nvidia gaming. It will ship next quarter at a $299 suggested retail, Nvidia said.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Falling prices and advances in displays will lead to higher global shipment levels of tablet PCs, which will increasingly replace notebook PC shipments in the future.
According to The NPD Group 2014 global tablet PC shipments are expected to rise to 315 million units, comprising more than 65 percent of the market, according to the NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report.” Tablet shipments will climb to 455 million units by 2017, encompassing nearly 75 percent of the mobile PC market.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung announced pricing and availability of a quartet of new tablets, making three models available at retail on Feb. 13 and a fourth available in March.
The Android 4.4 tablets include a pair of 12.2-inch tablets that are billed as the world’s first 12.2-inch tablets with a widescreen 16:10 aspect ratio and first 12.2-inch tablets with 2,560 by 1,600 WQXGA display. Both models also feature octa-core CPUs, joining the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition shipping in the U.S. since October.
San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet sales to U.S. consumers will face growth restraints in 2014, said market-research and consulting company IDC.
"It's becoming increasingly clear that markets such as the U.S. are reaching high levels of consumer saturation, and while emerging markets continue to show strong growth, this has not been enough to sustain the dramatic worldwide growth rates of years past," said IDC research director Tom Mainelli.