By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas — Asus, the Taiwanese PC and tablet maker, will offer its PadFone X exclusively through AT&T, the companies announced.
The PadFone X is a 5-inch FullHD smartphone that docks with a 9-inch FullHD tablet, enabling users to switch screen sizes as needed for different tasks. The LTE-equipped Android KitKat 4.4 smartphone features a brushed-metal frame, a soft-touch back cover and dual front speakers.
Pricing, availability and more detailed specs will be announced at a later date.
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.
New York — Gap Intelligence reported that Hewlett-Packard put forth the most notebook advertising effort on Black Friday, pushing out 25 different ad placements.
Overall, vendor advertising was flat year over year, Gap said, with HP and Dell claiming the lion’s share.
HP’s models on sale for the Black Friday shoppers started with the $178 2000-2D09WM and went up to include the company’s high-end Envy products.
Framingham, Mass. – The Apple iPad has not lost its edge, but it is getting a bit more dull.
The research firm IDC reported Apple is still the top tablet vendor, shipping 22.9 million units globally during the fourth quarter, a 48.1 percent increase over the same period last year. The company ended the quarter with 43.6 percent of the market.
Overall, 52.5 million tablets were shipped worldwide, a 75 percent jump year over year. IDC analysts credited the wider array of tablets now available for the increase.
Clearwater, Fla. — Tech Data has expanded relationship with Asus to distribute the new Asus Taichi, a fusion of a notebook and tablet.
The Asus Taichi has a back-to-back dual-screen design which provides mobile flexibility, allowing users to switch between tablet and notebook in a single touch, Tech Data said.
Dallas – AT&T will begin offering the first Windows RT tablet with 4G LTE when the Asus VivoTab RT becomes available on Nov. 16 for as low as $499.
AT&T said it would be the only carrier offering an LTE version of the 10.1-inch Windows 8 tablet during the holiday season.
The quad-core VivoTab RT will be available Nov. 16 through direct and indirect channels.