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Port Washington, N.Y. — Only 12 percent of tablet owners used cellular-embedded tablets to connect to the Internet in the first quarter, an NPD Group survey found.
Nonetheless, the number of cellular-embedded tablets with active cellular subscriptions grew 48 percent in the quarter compared with the year-ago period, NPD said.
Denver — Archos today added the 3G-enabled Archos 80 Xenon to its Elements tablet line.
The $199 80 Xenon is an 8-inch tablet running Android 4.1 and has a Qualcomm quad-core 1.2GHz processor, built-in GPS and an SD slot capable of taking a 64GB card.
The device begins shipping in June.
New York — Hewlett-Packard unveiled its first Android-based, Tegra 4-powered tablet/laptop hybrid today with the introduction of the SlateBook X2.
The company also expanded its Windows 8-based Split X2 tablet/laptop hybrids with the addition of a 13.3-inch model.
The SlateBook X2 is HP’s first venture outside the Windows operating system for a laptop or tablet. The SlateBook has a 10-inch FullHD touch display and a full-size detachable keyboard; it comes with batteries in both the keyboard and tablet sections.
Denver – Archos will begin shipping in June its kitchen-friendly ChefPad tablet.
The 9.7-inch tablet, $209, is a conventional Android 4.1 tablet tricked out with a splash-resistance silicon case and stand. Bundled onboard is Chef Apps Selection, which filters through apps to find those best suited for cooking tips, shopping and recipes.
The tablet is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and has 8MB of internal storage, 1GB of memory, and 2-megapixel front and back cameras.
New York — Barnes and Noble subsidiary Nook Media wants to boost sales of its Nook HD and HD+ tablets by enabling them to access the Google Play store and run other Google services.
Google Play access will substantially expand the number of apps that users can download. The tablets will also run Google’s Chrome browser, Gmail, YouTube, Google Search and Google Maps.
San Diego — Availability of Sony’s 10.1-inch water-resistant Xperia Tablet Z is inching closer.
Sony Mobile Communications has begun taking preorders for the $499 16GB version and the $599 32GB version through its web store at Sony.com/Tablet. The estimated ship date for preorders is May 24.
The company didn’t say when the tablets would be available through retailers.
Seoul, South Korea — Samsung unveiled its latest 7-inch Galaxy Tab tablet, but didn’t give information on U.S. availability or price.
The 7-inch Galaxy Tab 3 with Wi-Fi will be available globally beginning in May followed in June by a cellular 3G version. The product will be rolled out gradually, the company said.
The device will be Samsung’s fourth-generation 7-inch tablet and will feature some modest upgrades from the current Tab 2 7.0, which was launched in April 2012 at $249.
Boston — Strategy Analytics reported that 40.6 million tablets shipped during the first quarter, and Apple continued to lead the market.
The research firm said the number of tablets shipped rose 117 percent from the 18.7 million shipped during the same period in 2012.
Apple was responsible for 19.5 million of the units, for a 48 percent share of the market. Despite still controlling almost half the market, Apple saw its share fall dramatically from the 63.1 percent it controlled in 2012.
New York — Lenovo has begun shipping its IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC, first introduced in January.
The 27-inch 720p Horizon has a starting price of $1,699 and is available at a variety of retailers including Best Buy, Fry's, Microcenter, Amazon.com, TigerDirect and Newegg.com.
The Horizon is part of a new class of computers that sit flat on a table so families can gather around to play games. It is bundled with several gaming accessories, including a joystick and electronic dice.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung announced a $399 suggested retail and April 11 availability of its first 8-inch Note tablet, which was intially unveiled in February at the Mobile World Congress.
The Wi-Fi-equipped tablet will be available through such retailers as Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, hhgregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com. Availability of a cellular-equipped version hasn’t been announced.