By Lisa Johnston
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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.
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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.
Wayne, N.J. — Toys“R”Us officially unveiled the second-generation Tabeo kids tablet, known as the Tabeo E2.
The 8-inch tablet comes preloaded with 30 apps, and more can be purchased at the Tabeo App store. Suggested retail is $149.
Tech specs for the device include Android 4.2 operating system, dual-core 1GHz processor, quad-core GPU, 1,024 by 768 resolution, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable up to 64GB), built-in Bluetooth, MiniHDMI, 0.3-megapixel front camera and 2-megapixed back camera, Wi-Fi and a microphone.
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.
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.