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Palo Alto, Calif. — Hewlett-Packard today introduced the Chromebook 11, the company’s latest design completed in conjunction with Google.
The 11.6-inch Chromebook 11 ($279 estimated street price) features an IPS display and is the company’s first to have a USB charging port. The device weighs 2.3 pounds and comes in either basic black or white, with blue, red, yellow or green accents.
The Chromebook 11 is powered by an ARM processor, two USB ports and optional 4G LTE connectivity. Further specs were unavailable.
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.
Overland Park, Kan. – Sprint will add an LTE-equipped version of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 to its portfolio of cellular-equipped tablets.
The device, priced at an introductory price of $49 with a two-year service agreement, will be available Oct. 11 through Sprint’s direct and indirect channels, a spokesman told TWICE. The tablet will be available initially in white followed by a black version in time for the holidays.
Denver – Archos this month ships a trio of Platinum-series Android tablets that offer faster CPUs than their predecessors and add dual-band Wi-Fi.
The three models in the top-end series are priced at $199, $269 and $299.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics America’s Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition will be available in the U.S. beginning Oct. 10, with pre-orders starting at midnight ET tomorrow, Sept. 27.
The new tablet is Wi-Fi-enabled and available in 16GB and 32GB versions with an additional 64GB of storage available via MicroSD card expansion, Samsung said.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Global PC panel shipments increased 8 percent in July, coming off the tail of three consecutive months of declines, according to NPD DisplaySearch.
According to the NPD DisplaySearch “Monthly Tablet PC Panel Shipment & Value Chain Report,” 23 million tablet PC panels were shipped, an 8 percent increase over June. The growth was driven by 7-inch panels, which comprised 49 percent of all shipments.
Seattle — Amazon unveiled the third-generation Kindle Fire on Wednesday, known as the Kindle Fire HDX.
Two screen sizes will be offered — 7 inches and 8.9 inches — both available without or without 4G. Pricing is as follows for the 7-inch model with special offers and sponsored screensavers (versions without special offers add $15 to the price).
** Wi-Fi 16GB: $229
** Wi-Fi 32GB: $269
** Wi-Fi 64GB: $309
** 4G 16GB: $329
** 4G 32GB: $369
** 4G 34GB: $409
The 8.9-inch model is as follows:
New York – Microsoft plans Oct. 22 U.S. availability of upgraded Surface tablets that feature the new Windows RT 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro operating systems, faster CPUs, longer battery lives and a two-position kickstand.
Microsoft is also expanding its selection of Surface Pro models to four from two with two models offering the same amount of RAM (4GB) and embedded memory (64GB and 128GB) as the original two Surface Pro models and two other new models offering 8GB RAM with embedded memory of 256GB and 512GB.
Brisbane, Calif. — Headphone and accessories maker Monster is entering the tablet market with two Android 4.1 models, one with a 7-inch HD display and the other with a 10.1-inch display.
The 7-inch model is the M7, which is available exclusively online at Walmart.com at $149. The 10.1-inch M10, whose price and features weren’t disclosed, will launch later in the fall through distribution channels that likewise weren’t disclosed.
Egham, England — Brand name is no longer king when it comes to how a consumer chooses which tablet to buy, according to Gartner.
The research firm’s latest end-user survey of tablet owners found that these folks now place design and price over manufacturer when picking out a product. The survey comprised 728 tablet owners in the U.S., U.K. and Australia.
These results greatly differ from Gartner’s last end-user survey in 2011, when brand was the leading factor behind purchase. Brand is now ranked third in importance.
Worcestershire, England — X2 Computing has introduced an Android/ARM processor version of its 10.1-inch Carbon X220 tablet.
The latest X220 is powered by an ARM Cortex A9 quad-core 1.8GHz processor. It will ship running Android 4.3 and is upgradeable to 4.4.
The Android model follows the earlier launch of an Intel/Windows device. The company said the Android X220 will offer better battery life compared with the Intel-powered version.