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San Jose, Calif. – Apple unexpectedly unveiled its fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad and, as expected, debuted the long-awaited iPad Mini, which features a 7.9-inch screen. Both feature the new eight-pin Lightning connector.
The Wi-Fi versions of both products will be available Nov. 2 in multiple countries, and the 4G cellular versions will ship about a week later in the U.S., with other countries coming on board sometime later.
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Round Rock, Texas — Dell today fleshed out its consumer Window 8 product line with the addition of a new tablet, Ultrabook and an all-in-one PC.
The new tablet is the $499 XPS 10, which is geared to the mobile professional. The Windows 8, 10.1-inch device is powered by an ARM-based 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor. It will be available in 32GB and 64GB configurations, has a 2-megapixel front and 5-megapixel rear camera, dual stereo speakers, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and a MicroSD card readers.
El Segundo, Calif. — If Apple launches a 7-inch iPad today as widely expected, the company will help trigger a doubling of worldwide 7-inch tablet shipments in 2012 and a near-doubling in 2013, said IHS iSuppli Display Materials & Systems Service.
Apple’s move will also trigger a movement by current suppliers of 7-inch tablets to offer 8-inch models to differentiate themselves, iSuppli said.
West Covina, Calif. – E Fun today announced its latest tablet offering, the Premium 10SE.
The $249 Premium 10SE is a 9.7-inch tablet running Android 4.0. It is powered by a 1GHz processor with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of memory, which can be expanded to 32GB through the MicroSD slot. The display features a five-point multi-touch display.
The tablet is available starting today at RadioShack and Hastings.
New York – Apple has sent out press invites to an event on Oct. 23 at the California Theatre in San Jose.
In its typically cryptic way the invite says “We've got a little more to show you."
Apple is expected to unveil its “iPad Mini at the event.
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.
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.