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Milpitas, Calif. -- SanDisk is shipping a 128GB microSD card, calling it the highest capacity removable storage option available in the consumer market.
Designed specifically for use with Android smartphones and tablets, the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card's release coincides with the launch of Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone which comes with a 128GB capacity microSD slot.
SanDisk said it delivers twice the read/write speed of currently available microSD memory cards making it the best solution available for shooting HD video.
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.
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New York – Barnes & Noble didn’t launch a new Nook for the recent Christmas selling season but promises to launch a new model sometime after April, said CEO Michael Huseby.
He also warned that the company might need to take “additional actions” to pare Nook expenses despite a staff reduction in the fiscal 2014 third quarter ending January 24.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Falling prices and advances in displays will lead to higher global shipment levels of tablet PCs, which will increasingly replace notebook PC shipments in the future.
According to The NPD Group 2014 global tablet PC shipments are expected to rise to 315 million units, comprising more than 65 percent of the market, according to the NPD DisplaySearch “Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report.” Tablet shipments will climb to 455 million units by 2017, encompassing nearly 75 percent of the mobile PC market.
Long Beach, Calif. – Pioneer entered the tablet market, if in name only.
Pioneer licensed it brand name to E&S International Enterprises for use on a 7-inch Android tablet now available on Walmart.com.
Minneapolis — An updated version of the Polaroid-branded kid-geared tablet is now available, adding dual cameras, more preloaded apps, more RAM and a faster processor.
The tablet is manufactured by Southern Telecom, an authorized Polaroid licensee.
The 7-inch Kids Tablet 2 has a $149 suggested retail. Specs include Android 4.2 OS, 1,024 by 600 resolution, 8GB internal storage with SD card slot, 1GB RAM, dual-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A9 processor and 802.1b/g/n Wi-Fi. It has a 0.3-megapixel front camera, 2-megapixel rear camera and a 3,500 mAh lithium-ion battery.
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.
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.
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.
Dallas – Samsung is bringing its previously announced 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid to the U.S. market beginning this month.
AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular will carry the device, but Sprint did not reveal the unit’s pricing or specific availability dates through each carrier. Samsung also did not announce which color options – black or white -- that each carrier would offer.
Sprint said it would offer the device “later this year.”
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.