Windows 8 RT gets demoed in notebook form

The release of Windows 8 inches ever closer, and the recent reveal of how Windows RT will work and what it means for those on ARM has been an area of great interest.

A Release Preview of Windows 8 is currently available, but very few have actually gone hands-on with the tablet/ARM version Microsoft’s latest OS. Computex was the place for vendors to show off their forthcoming Windows 8 hardware, and Texas Instruments has now shown off functioning Windows 8 RT tablet hardware on video.

The prototype on display is a tablet convertible made by Toshiba, and the demo shows off light web browsing and switching between apps.

Source: Anandtech

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 now available for preorder

The tablet space has changed a lot over the past year with the introduction of the Kindle Fire and the iPad 2 now available for $399. Android tablets have still not taken off in a big way, but Samsung is the biggest name in the space, and its second generation 10.1 inch Galaxy Tab is now available for preorder.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will match the iPad 2′s standard setting $399 price point, and according to the preorder source, Office Depot, will be available starting May 11. According to previous reports the base model will only sport 8GB of internal storage, but it will be expandable, and sports a 1280 x 800 resolution display.

Source: Office Depot | Via: Engadget

Asus Transformer Pad 300 10″ tablet hits market for $399

While the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime was initially well liked by reviewers, several factors made it a less than memorable tablet. Limited availability at retailers meant that many consumers never even saw the premier Android tablet, while WiFi/GPS issues meant that consumers who actually bought the Prime had a less than ideal experience.

With Apple’s new pricing for the iPad 2 ($400) and the aforementioned nuisances in mind, it makes sense that Asus would double-back for a second shot which would eventually be called the Transformer Pad 300. At first glance, one might confuse the new tablet for its Prime predecessor due to a similar visual design and optional keyboard dock accessory. The most immediate changes on a purely aesthetic level are a plastic rather than aluminium chassis and a slightly thicker (both in terms of weight and size) build.

The internals also differ, with the Transformer Pad packing a 1.2 GHz Tegra 3 processor, IPS display and 22Whr battery while the Prime includes a higher clocked 1.3 GHz Tegra 3 chip, Super IPS+ panel, and 25Whr battery. On the bright side, the Transformer Pad packs a less hefty name and Android 4.0 right out the box. When it comes down to it, those are all fairly minor changes for what is essentially the same tablet for a much more appealing price – $379 for the 16GB version and $399 for the 32GB version. Early reports suggest that the 16GB version is seeing very limited availability, which is easy to understand as the $20 upsell to 32GB seems relatively obvious.

For more details, check out AnandTech’s extensive review of the tablet.

Via: The Verge, AnandTech

The new iPad announced: Starts at $499 with 2056×1536 resolution screen

iPad 3

Apple held its now annual iPad event yesterday, and the new iPad delivers on almost all of the rumors leading up to being unveiled. The new iPad– notably not called the iPad 3 –is set to be available on March 16, and it is packing some serious technology.

Here’s the big spec rundown:

  • 2056×1536 resolution “Retina” display
  • New A5X processor with dual-core CPU and quad-core GPU
  • 5 MP rear camera (same as seen on iPhone 4S)
  • 4G LTE now available in-place of 3G

Pricing of $499, $599, and $699 for 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models has been retained, as has the $129 markup for mobile connectivity enabled versions. Also, the iPad 2 is sticking around in a 16GB flavor at a lowered price point of $399.

Outside of the new screen, the hardware itself is almost indistinguishable from its older counterpart. It is slightly thicker and heavier, .76mm and .1lbs more respectively, with a slightly more promised taper on the edges. Due to a new 42.5 watt hour battery, compared to the iPad 2′s 25  watt hour variety, 10 hours of battery life is retained from older models.

Apple also launched iOS 5.1 and showed off a number of apps, both new and old that take advantage of the high resolution display on the new iPad. All stock apps will get the “Retina Display” treatment, and iPhoto is now available for $4.99 on the App Store.

The Apple TV also received a hardware update that packs the A5 chip and 1080p support for the same price of $99. HD movies on iTunes are now also in 1080p.

The new iPad is now available for preorder, and the full announcement event video is on Apple’s site.

Source: Apple

Asus Eee Pad MeMO ME370T bringing 7″ quad-core Tegra 3 at $249

CES 2012 kicked off in a big way yesterday. There were plenty of new ultrabooks and tablets on display, but this is the one that caught our attention in a pretty big way. The Asus Eee Pad MeMO ME370T may be in need a new name, but the rest of what it has going on is pretty exciting.

Continuing the 7 inch form factor made popular by the Kindle Fire and others, the ME370T also packs Nvidia latest and greatest system on a chip, the quad-core Tegra 3. The tablet is .5 inches thick, less than a pound, sports 1GB of RAM, a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, and will ship with Android 4.01 Ice Cream Sandwich. And the best for last, it is slated to come in at $250.

Source: The Verge

Intel’s 32nm ‘Medfield’ mobile SoC benchmarks leaked

ARM chip designs have dominated the mobile space for the past few years with widely used solution coming out of Qualcomm and Texas Instruments. Intel is looking to break its way into the mobile market, and first performance numbers of its first “Medfield” chip have been leaked.

VR-Zone reports that Medfield, Intel’s first system on a chip design for vertically integrated mobile platforms, is in testing phases and leaked benchmarks fare favorably for the desktop processor company. Set to go up against offerings from Qualcomm, Nvidia, Texas Instruments, and more, Medfield will be just the second chip in the space built on the 32nm technology.

Few weeks ahead of the official launch, we now have first performance numbers of “Medfield Tablet Platform”. The actual development has an x86 processing core operating at 1.6GHz, 1GB LP-DDR2, WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Radio chip of unnamed manufacturer, 10.1″, 1280×800 resolution screen and eMMC/micro-SD card for removable storage.

In this setup, the Medfield clocked in a Caffeinemark 3 score of 10,500. This compares favorably to scores of 7,500, 8,000, and 8,500 from the Nvidia Tegra 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8260, and Samsung Exynos respectively. Tegra 3 numbers aren’t currently available.

Potential issues arise with word that Medfield’s power consumption is higher than its rivals. Idle wattage purportedly currently sits at 2.6W (with a target of 2W), and load wattage clocks in at 3.6W (with a target of 2.6W).

Intel has promised a Medfield launch in “early 2012.”

Source: VR-Zone | Image: AnandTech