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Bentonville, Ark. – Walmart will stock twice as many tablets for Black Friday as it did last year, and will have 65 percent more TV SKUs on hand for the sales event.
The discounter said it is amassing its largest-ever Black Friday inventory, which will be released in three waves: at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving, and at 8 a.m. on Black Friday.
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.
Los Angeles – Value-priced tablet suppler Ematic has expanded its selection of Google-certified tablets to four with the launch of the $129 10-inch Genesis Prime XL.
It joins the 7-inch EM63, 8-inch EGP008, and 7-inch Genses Prime, which was the company’s first Google-certified tablet when it was launched in April. All four tablets feature Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
Arlington, Va. — Half of all 3G/4G-enabled tablet owners do not pay for a data plan, according to a study by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Tara Hutton, CEA market research director, said there is a disconnect between the tablet owners and those who feel the need to pay for a data service.
However, Hutton believes the upcoming holiday selling season will offer retailers an opportunity as tablet sales will remain strong, giving them the chance to up-sell consumers on the benefits of cellular connectivity.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates — The tablet and phablet markets got a little more crowded with the launch of Nokia’s first models.
The 10.1-inch Lumia 2520, with Windows 8.1 RT, and the 6-inch Lumia 1520 phablet, which runs Windows Phone 8.1, will be offered by AT&T. Availability of the tablet through other U.S. carriers will be announced at a later date, as will carrier-subsidized pricing on both products, Nokia said. AT&T said it will be the exclusive provider of the phablet.
Stamford, Conn. – Gartner is estimating that 2.32 billion tablets, PCs and mobile phones will ship worldwide this year, a 4.5 percent increase over 2012.
The report, issued today, did not contain any surprises. Tablet shipments are expected to jump 53.4 percent to 184.4 million and mobile phones will grow at a much slower 3.7 percent with 1.8 billion units shipped.
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. – LG Electronics today announced the U.S. availability of the LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet.
The $348 G Pad is designed to easily sync with other Android devices using the QPair app giving the tablet access to incoming calls, texts and other apps.
The G Pad is available now exclusively at BestBuy.com and will go nationwide on Nov. 3.
The G Pad has a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 5-megapixel camera and runs on Android 4.2.2.
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.
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.