Pocket Now has gotten their hands on some exclusive images of a sliding Sony tablet called VAIO Duo 11. The keyboard slides out similar to tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Slider. The VAIO Duo 11′s keyboard is even backlit.
The VAIO Duo 11 runs Windows 8, but I cannot say with certainty if it is Windows RT or full blown Windows 8 though.
On top of regular touch input, the pictures depict a stylus. I am assuming this means the screen has an active digitizer for pen input, but it could just be a regular capacitive stylus.
Wired reported today that Microsoft is planning on building 3 million Surfaces before 2013. Earlier this summer, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said “We may sell a few million.” Ballmer seems to think that they will sell at least a few million, if they are indeed building 3 million tablets.
The majority of these tablets will be Surface for Windows RT and not the more expensive Surface for Windows 8 Pro. The latter has the classic desktop interface and the brand new Windows 8 interface. The Surface for Windows RT is just the new UI without access to legacy applications. It will be an immature mobile OS competing against the multi-year veterans iOS and Android. The bold assumption that the Surface can sell 3 million tablets suggests a competitive price point.
Rumors and speculation have led many to believe that the smaller version of the iPad will not look exactly like a shrunk down iPad. The iPad has a uniform bezel that surrounds the screen evenly. Perhaps the iPad Mini will take a cue from some of the smaller iOS devices and have a small side bezel with a larger one on the top and bottom.
That design works well on the iPhone and iPod Touch due to the small size. Will it be as easy to wrap your hand around a 7.85-inch tablet though?
The Surface for Windows RT is the less powerful, but mobile friendly half of the Surface family. The 10.6-inch tablet is 9.3 mm thick and 1.49 pounds. That is very similar to the iPad’s 9.4 mm thickness and 1.46 pound heft. The Surface for Windows RT will be powered by an NVIDIA CPU (Tegra 3?) and come in 32 GB and 64 GB configurations. The screen is described as HD, so we can assume the resolution is at least 1280 x 720. It is rumored to be 1366 x 768.
Android tablets with those specs end up selling for around $400. I would not have been surprised if Microsoft sold it for $500, but that is not what inside sources are saying.
This appears to be complete speculation, but Sony could release many Playstation 3 games on their recently acquired Gaikai service. Gaikai is a cloud gaming service that streams video games to your browser. Remarkably, the input lag is slightly lower than a console and tv. I tested out this service and the input latency is definitely under a second.
The IdeaPad Yoga was first shown off at CES earlier this year. At the time it was said to only run on Intel processors with the full version of Windows 8. Now sources are claiming that an ARM version will be launching too with double the battery life of the Intel one. Obviously, the ARM version will run Windows RT.
The IdeaPad Yoga is a laptop with a screen capable of bending completely backwards. This transforms the laptop into a tablet form factor.
Source: ABC News via The Verge
Let me first clarify what the title means. The report from Reuters says, “Amazon is to introduce up to five or six tablet SKUs, or stock-keeping units, according Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc.” This could just mean that there will be several different storage capacities or completely different tablets. Most likely it will be a combination of both.
Samsung is going to have a major Galaxy announcement on August 15th, but the actual topic is up in the air. The Galaxy Note 2 has been speculated for some time now and it would be as good of time as any to announce it. It is rumored to have a 5.5 inch screen with a quad-core or dual-core Exynos processor. Of course it will have a S-Pen stylus too.