By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.