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Arlington, Va. — Half of all 3G/4G-enabled tablet owners do not pay for a data plan, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Tara Hutton, CEA market research director, said there is a disconnect between the tablet owners and those who feel the need to pay for a data service.
However, Hutton believes the upcoming holiday selling season will offer retailers an opportunity as tablet sales will remain strong, giving them the chance to up-sell consumers on the benefits of cellular connectivity.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
San Francisco — Apple took the wraps of its latest full-size iPad, renaming it the iPad Air, upgrading performance with a 64-bit CPU, and reducing weight, size and thickness while maintaining its predecessor’s price points and 10-hour battery life.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The tablet and phablet markets got a little more crowded with the launch of Nokia’s first models.
The 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, with Windows 8.1 RT, and the 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet, which runs Windows Phone 8.1, will be offered by AT&T. Availability of the tablet through other U.S. carriers will be announced at a later date, as will carrier-subsidized pricing on both products, Nokia said. AT&T said it will be the exclusive provider of the phablet.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – LG Electronics today announced the U.S. availability of the LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet.
The $348 G Pad is designed to easily sync with other Android devices using the QPair app giving the tablet access to incoming calls, texts and other apps.
The G Pad is available now exclusively at BestBuy.com and will go nationwide on Nov. 3.
The G Pad has a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5-megapixel camera and runs on Android 4.2.2.
Boston – Consumers who purchased defective products from Coby Electronics prior to that firm’s acquisition by Gordon Brothers Group are essentially out of luck.
In a written statement to TWICE Gordon Brothers said that under the terms of the sale that the company could only purchase certain assets controlled by Coby’s secured lender.
San Jose, Calif. – Acer rolled out a new 8-inch tablet, the Iconia W4.
The tablet runs on Microsoft’s Windows 8.1, comes with Office Home and Student 2013 and is powered by an Intel 1.8GHz Atom processor. Acer believes the Iconia W4 will interest consumers looking for a media device that has the crossover ability to be a productivity tool.
Taipei, Taiwan — HTC unveiled a big-screen version of its flagship HTC One Android smartphone.
The HTC One Max will be HTC’s first phablet and will feature a FullHD 5.9-inch touchscreen when it becomes available in select global markets starting later this month. It will join the HTC One with 4.7-inch FullHD display and the HTC One Mini, which features a 4.2-inch 720p HD display.
HTC did not say when its big-screen counterpart would come to the U.S., but Sprint and Verizon will offer it in time for holiday sales, HTC said.
Hauppauge, N.Y. – Audiovox Electronics, a division of Voxx International, launched the first Dyle mobile TV accessory that turns Apple and Android mobile devices into Dyle-compatible mobile DTV screens.
The accessory is the $129-suggested Audiovox Mobiletv, a portable battery-operated ATSC-Mobile DTV receiver that transmits live broadcast-TV content to an Apple or Android smartphone or tablet via a Wi-Fi peer-to-peer connection.
Denver — Archos priced its second-generation game-optimized GamePad Android tablet and revealed more details about its enhancements over its predecessor.
The 8GB GamePad 2 will retail for $199. Pricing on the 16GB version wasn’t disclosed.
The Google-certified Android 4.2 product, which ships at the end of the quarter, is positioned as a combination of Android tablet and gaming console with simplified access to thousands of the latest games, the company said. IT can also be used as a standard tablet.