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Redmond, Wash. – Microsoft priced its ARM-based Surface RT tablets on its online store and announced that it is taking preorders on the site for Oct. 26 delivery.
The 10.6-inch Surface with Windows RT OS is priced at $499 for the 32GB version without Touch Cover keyboard, $599 for the 32GB version with Touch cover, and $699 for the 64GB version with Touch Cover. They will ship with Office Home & Student productivity software.
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.
Weymouth, Mass. — Almost 36 percent of U.S. consumers who don’t own a tablet expect to buy their first in less than a year, pointing to a need by tablet suppliers to design devices that will appeal to mainstream consumers, market research company InfoTrends concluded.
In its survey of more than 1,300 consumers, InfoTrends found that people younger than 35 were particularly likely to purchase a tablet in less than a year, as were people who classified themselves as early technology adopters and hobbyist/advanced hobbyist photographers.
Los Angeles — Ematic added to its line of Android tablets with the 7-inch FunTab Pro.
The device runs Android 4.0 and has a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, front- and rear-facing cameras, built-in Wi-Fi, HDMI output, a MicroSD slot, parental controls and an eight-hour battery life. The screen has an 800 by 480 resolution.
Built-in programs let users send video mail, create artwork, or make video recordings of themselves reading books. It also comes with three faceplates to swap out the color — blue, pink and red. Suggested retail is $149.
New York – Acer today rolled out the Iconia W510 series, the company’s first Windows 8 pure-play tablets.
The W510’s debut follows that of Acer’s W700 combination Ultrabook/tablets on Oct. 4. Like the W700, the W510 is a Windows 8-based device, but that does not mean the company is abandoning Android.
Dallas – AT&T plans to offer two Windows 8 tablets in time for holiday sales through its company stores and web site.
The two 4G LTE-equipped tablets are the Samsung Mobile’s ATIV Smart PC, which runs on Intel’s Clover Trail 1.5GHz dual-core processor, and the ASUS VivoTab RT, the first quad-core Windows RT 4G LTE tablet. AT&T said it will be the only U.S. carrier to offer the two.
New York – Barnes & Noble and Microsoft finalized a deal today that has the two firms teaming up to create a new company focused on the digital reading and education markets.
The new Nook Media LLC is formed from BN’s digital book and college businesses, and it includes a $300 million investment by Microsoft, announced last April. BN’s digital book business includes Nook hardware and digital book sales.
New York – Apple will unveil a smaller screen iPad in mid-October, Fortune said in citing a “major Apple investor” who claimed to have heard about the plan from "multiple sources."
Invitations will go out to the press on Oct. 10, Fortune said in citing the source. Based on past precedent, the invitation date points to an Oct. 17 announcement and a Friday, Nov. 2, launch, Fortune said.
Mountain View, Calif. – Second-screen app developer Peel said Monday that owners of Samsung Galaxy devices preloaded with the Peel Smart Remote TV app can provide real-time user generated feedback during the 2012 presidential debates.
Starting on Oct. 3, viewers using the Peel Smart Remote app on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Tab 7.7, Tab 2 7.0, Tab 2 10.1 or Note 10.1 with built-in IR blaster will able to use the app to switch the TV channel to any of the available stations showing the debate.
Dallas – AT&T will launch a quartet of LTE-equipped Samsung devices in the coming months, including an LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Galaxy Note II smartphone/tablet “phablet,” and two other smartphones.
All are Android-based devices. Pricing and exact launch dates weren’t revealed.
The phones include the Galaxy Express Android 4.0 smartphone with 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2,000 mAh battery and 5-megapixel rear camera.
Los Angeles – Startup Wikipad, developer of a 10.1-inch Android tablet optimized for gaming, will follow up the tablet’s Oct. 31 launch in 1,600 GameStop stores with November sales through additional brick-and-mortar and online retailers, CEO James Bower told TWICE.
The $499 tablet, which features detachable wraparound game controller, is available to consumers on a pre-order basis exclusively through GameStop.