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Berlin — Lenovo is attempting to challenge the traditional clamshell laptop market with its Flex design of portable computers.
With the new Flex 14-inch and Flex 15-inch Ultrabooks, starting at $629, Lenovo has borrowed from its Yoga device with a display that can rotate back about 300 degrees, allowing it to be used in stand mode as a display. The flexible hinge has been tested 25,000 times for durability purposes.
The Flex models are full-fledged Ultrabooks running Windows 8 and powered by a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
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Berlin, Germany – Samsung finally debuted its long-rumored "smart watch," the Galaxy Gear, at the Tempodrom concert hall here during the annual IFA electronics and appliance show, which runs through next Thursday.
The company also unveiled two new stylus-equipped Galaxy Notes, the 5.7-inch Note 3 phablet and the Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet. Both are the first mobile devices with included leather rear panels, and both are the first mobile devices with 3 GB of RAM.
Seoul, South Korea — LG will re-enter the tablet market at this week’s IFA 2013 trade show, where it will show an 8.3-inch Android tablet.
The unit will be rolled out globally in North America, Europe, Asia as well as other regions starting in the fourth quarter. Pricing of the LG G Pad 8.3 was not announced.
The Android 4.2.2 device, part of the company’s flagship G series of mobile devices, is promoted as the first 8-inch tablet with FullHD display.
Denver —Archos will go to the IFA convention in Berlin to expand its smartphone and tablet selection with more powerful quad-core tablets, new themed tables for kids and gamers, and Android 4.2 smartphones that will feature a “pure unskinned Android OS,” the company said.
The company also said it is developing a smartwatch but didn’t think it would be exhibited at the show.
The tablets and some smartphones will arrive in the U.S. later this year, said marketing director Craig Terblanche.
New York – E-reader company Kobo is diving deeper into tablets.
During a press conference yesterday, the Toronto-based company launched three new Google-certified Android color tablets, unveiled a new black-and-white e-reader, and unveiled new services.
The company previously offered a single color tablet alongside four black-and-white dedicated e-readers.
Seoul, South Korea - Samsung will compete with a growing number of kids’ tablets with the introduction of its first kid-targeted tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids.
The yellow tablet will feature preloaded Samsung-designed educational apps, parental controls, and access to applications available through the Kids Samsung Apps store. The tablet will also access Google Play and feature the full array of Google services.
Pricing wasn’t disclosed.
New York – Barnes & Noble again reduced the price on its Nook Simple Touch GlowLight e-reader to $99.
The $20 reduction places the GlowLight’s price just below that of Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite.
The immense popularity of inexpensive tablets has had a negative impact on the stand-alone e-reader category. In March IDC said about 18.2 million e-readers shipped worldwide in 2012, and while it expects the category to maintain that figure this year, e-readers will begin a permanent decline starting in 2015.
El Segundo, Calif. – Strong demand for smaller size tablets helped resulted in panel shipments more than doubling during the first quarter, according to IHS iSuppli.
The research firm reported that global shipments of capacitive touch displays hit 45.2 million units during the first quarter, up from 21.3 million during the same period in 2012, which is a 119 percent improvement.
West Covina, Calif. — China-based tablet maker E Fun has expanded its selection of Google-certified tablets to four with the launch of two models exclusively through Hastings superstores nationwide and online at GoHastings.com.
E Fun plans to offer only Google-certified tablets in the future as part of a new strategy to build its share of the value tablet market.
San Mateo, Calif. – Tablet shipments were up almost 60 percent to 45.1 million units during the second quarter, but could have been even higher, according to an IDC report.
The research firm noted that shipments were down 10 percent from the first quarter of 2013 and it blamed the lack of a new iPad by Apple this spring as the culprit for the fall off.
Apple shipped 14.6 million units during the second quarter, down from 19.5 million during the previous quarter. Apple also saw a shortfall compared to 2012 second quarter when it shipped 17 million units.