At the Intel Software Summit this week I had the chance to use the ASUSfor a day. I was very impressed at the performance level, quality and battery life but handed it back thinking it would work better as a productive device in an 11.6-inch version – as long as the tablet was the same weight.
You’ll find a lot of praise for the T100 out there both from professional reporters and owners. It’s the biggest selling laptop on Amazon.com (currently $379 for the 64GB version) and we’re seeing a lot of activity for it here on the site. It’s kicking off the 2-in-1 category nicely and will account for a lot of consumer Windows 8.1 sales. Developers take note. (My estimate is that it will sell 0.5 million units before the end of the year if ASUS can keep up with stock demand.)
To add to my previous hands-on then, I was impressed by the USB charging. A lightweight charger is a bonus although charging speeds are fairly slow. It will rarely need charging in the day though because after 8hrs of a ‘on’ at a conference (with about 4.5hrs screen-on) I had 40% battery free.
I also got the chance to test WiDi. It works!
I will say a word about the keyboard and touchpad. I felt that I was really back in that awkward netbook zone again as I used it. it was cramped and the touchpad was very basic. it’s a shame because this platform supports productive working. A boost to an 11-inch screen and a larger keyboard could be the answer for those wanting the best in dynamic-range. Obviously the Dell Venue Pro 11 is a hot contender here, and available very soon.
Theis the rare thing that is a bargain AND a ground-breaking product. ASUS’ price is so aggressive that it will, without a doubt, catalyse a big 2-in-1 device category just like it did with the netbook category. This time round though I feel it’s going to be a bigger, longer-lasting category. There’s no device size or specification restrictions this time round. Where netbooks peaked at about 50 million sales a year, I expect the 2-in-1 category to be much bigger and to last much longer. Developers, pay attention because there are already app opportunities related to the T100.
Spotted in UAE and Singapore is a new 10-inch Lenovo Flex 10. We’ve seen the 14-inch version of this running a Core CPU but here’s something that lines up with the new class of netbook-style devices. Available with four different CPUs, up to 4GB of RAM and weighing 1.2KG it is priced locally at around S$699 (US$562.)
- Intel® Quad Core™ Pentium™ N3510 processor
- Intel® Quad Core™ Celeron® N2910 processor
- Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2810 processor
- Intel® Dual Core™ Celeron® N2805 processor
Retail outlets are starting to offer the product. For example we spotted a 10.1-inch, Windows 8, 508 GB (indicating an SSD-cache), 2GB RAM, Celeron 2Ghz dual-core, 1366×768 for the equivalent of 340 Euro.
There’s no SD card and no removable battery and the screen is a basic 1366×768. Pentium models will come with 4GB RAM .
Lenovo have the Lenovo Flex 10 on their website here.
[US-focused post] The ASUS Transformer Book T100 has been hugely successful. The 64GB version is now the #2 best selling laptop on Amazon. On our product database we’ve seen it sell faster than any other product. Today, readers from the USA can pick it up for just $379.00. That’s the lowest price we’ve seen so far. Buy now, get it tomorrow! Incredibly, the T100 is the 16th best selling computing product at Amazon and that includes tablets! If you want a quick overview, take a look at the video below and the article here. Read through the Amazon reviews too. 4 out of 5 stars is pretty impressive.We’ve got a bunch of links to reviews on our ASUS Transformer T100 information page. Buy the T100 here.
Our Dell Venue 8 Pro has already been unboxed and reviewed but today we’ve got more detail for you. This 15 minutes video deep-dive into this ultra-mobile PC includes browsing performance, split keyboard usage, YouTube playback, Store app install, Desktop usage, Microsoft Word demo, Bluetooth Keyboard Demo and Steam Gaming Demo with Civ V. We’ve got another video on the Miracast / WiDi feature coming up too so stay tuned!
Specifications, more videos, images and all you need to make your decision on our Dell Venue 8 Pro information page.
Two laptops running Celeron-branded Baytrail-M processors have been spotted for sale in Germany. The Toshiba Satellite NB10t runs the 2.0Ghz dual-core N2810 (7.7W TDP) while the Packard Bell Easy Note ME69 runs with a cheaper 1.4Ghz dual-core N2805 (4.5W TDP.) Prices are interesting, especially considering they have touchscreens.
For the 10-inch Packard Bell you’ll pay just 299 Euro. it weighs 1.08KG and comes with 2BG RAM, 1366×768 touch, 28Wh battery, Windows 8.1 and Office Home and Student. That’s really not a bad price.
The Toshiba is likely to be the more productive though as it takes the screen size to 11.6-inches and includes 4GB RAM. It also includes the 2.0Ghz dual-core CPU. Weight is 1.3KG and it costs a little more: 369 Euro-400 Euro. There’s no Office software included.
Remember you’re getting USB3.0 and SATA-interfaces for the drives on Baytrail-M. The CPU has 64-bit support but you’re getting 32-bit Windows. It’s technically possible that these devices could support Connected Standby / InstantGo but with a spinning hard drive inside both, it’s not within the required specs. SSD upgrade and BIOS hack anyone?
Intel are expecting low-cost 2-in-1’s to appear with Baytrail-M. When we see performance and efficiency figures for these two laptops we’ll get an idea of how those 2-in-1’s will perform. That should come when these devices become available in November. The HP Pavilion X2 2-in-1 is one of the first expected with Baytrail-M. We’re not expecting that before Christmas though.
One chassis, multiple engines. The PC industry is moving towards the car industry business model now that Core and Atom devices are starting to be built to the same design. One of those designs is that of the Dell2-in-1 which I know many of you are considering. It’s going to be a popular model if Dell can get it out there quickly but if you’re one of the many interested, which one do you choose? Atom, Pentium and Core are up for grabs but there’s quite a difference between them.
I took a view of the Dell Venue 11 Pro from the high-end position last week but today I want to help you, and help myself, choose between the four main models and multiple options associated with that and we obviously need to start with the same old question – What do you want to do with it?
The Dellcould be a desktop replacement in all model variants but only the Haswell-architecture variants would be comfortable options. None of those, however, has the power of a modern . There may be some of you out there that can work with the BayTrail version as your only PC but let’s not kid ourselves that it’s going to be an upgrade from anything less than a 5-year old low-end notebook or desktop and even the high end variants aren’t going to be power-houses. They will, however, fit some users perfectly. One of those, I think, is me. You too?
The Display and cams on all the models are all the same. The width and height are the same. They all look the same and have the same keyboard accessories. Let’s be clear that the basic product is a 10.8-inch tablet though. The processors and accessories make it very interesting. Keyboard docks and docking stations provide the sort of ultra-mobile-to-desk experience that many of us are looking for; Saving time and money.
Low-End DellModel has Atom Architecture (Model 5130 in USA)
- Starting at $499
- Basic Windows 8.1 OS: 32-bit Windows 8.1
- Lower power processor: Processor: 4-core Z3770 processor and 2GB DDR3 1333MHz Memory memory.
- Smaller Battery: Battery is 32Wh
- Thinner design: 10.2mm thick
- Lower graphics power: Intel® Gen 7 Graphics (A cut-down version of HD4000 GPU graphics)
- Slower storage: 32 or 64GB eMMC SSD storage.
- Lighter: 726 grams / 1.59 lbs
- Always-on support: Connected standby.
- Better Office package: Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2013 Included
- Dell Wireless 1538 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi + Bluetooth® 4.0 [Differences between 1538 and 1537, below, unknown.]
- Lower price
High End Dell Venue 11 Pro Models have Haswell Architechture Models (Model 7130/7139 in USA)
- Starting at $799 (Core i3. Pentium prices unknown but expected $50-$100 cheaper.)
- Higher-end OS: 64-bit Windows 8 Pro (only, as per Dell offerings today)
- More powerful processor options:
- Intel® Pentium 3560Y processor (2MB Cache, 1.2 GHz Dual -Core) No Turbo boost, No Intel Quick Sync.
- Intel® Core i3 4020Y processor (3MB Cache, 1.5 GHz Dual -Core) No Turbo boost
- Intel® Core i5 4210Y processor (3MB Cache, 1.5 GHz Dual -Core) Turbo 1.5Ghz-1.9Ghz
- Intel® Core i5 4300Y processor (3MB Cache, 1.6 GHz Dual -Core) VPro + Turbo 1.6Ghz-2.3Ghz
- Thicker design: 15.4mm thick (Atom version is 10.2mm thick)
- More powerful graphics: Intel® GT2 Graphics (HD 4400)
- Larger, faster storage: Storage is 128GB or 256GB. Likely on a SATA interface and with much more potential speed.)
- Bigger battery: Battery is 36Wh (although it’s understood that the 32 and 36Wh batteries can be interchanged.)
- Heavier design: 1.84 pounds (Atom version is 1.50 pounds)
- More memory: 4GB or 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Memory (Ato m version is offered only in 2GB version although 4GB is theoretically possible.
- Dell Wireless 1537 Dual-Band 2×2 802.11n WiFi
- More expensive
- Options expected for this model:
- Intel® 7260AC Dual-Band 2×2 802.11 ac WiFi
- Broadband: Dell Wireless 5570E (3G / HSPA+) or Dell Wireless 5808E (LTE/HSPA/EVDO) Mobile Broadband Card
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The Atom chip. Windows 8. For those seeking productivity and portability these technologies promised to fulfil that need but ultimately fell short. Intel’s Bay Trail CPU and Windows 8.1 are designed to finally meet those needs but do they really combine to produce the perfect storm for Windows tablets? The Dellis the first of the new breed of Windows tablets out of the gate, does it have what it takes to satisfy the demanding needs of the professional on the go?
Note from Chippy: EfJay has been writing for Ultrabooknews and UMPCPortal for some months now and he’s recently bought himself a Dell . Here’s his early review of the Dell . Feel free to ask questions below. Now back to EfJay…
First let’s look at what’s inside the Dell Venue 8 Pro.
Unboxing the Dell Venue 8 Pro
More specifications, links, images and videos available on our Dell Venue 8 Pro information page.
Dell Venue 8 Pro Specifications.
- 8 inch 1280×800 HD IPS display w Active Digitizer (more on this later)
- Intel Bay Trail Z3740D 1.33Ghz Quad core CPU with Intel HD graphics
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 32 or 64GB eMMC storage
- Office Home and Student 2013
- Dimensions: 216.2 mm (8.51”) x 130 mm (5.11”) x 9 mm (0.35”); 405g (0.89lb)
- Ports: Micro USB 2.0, microSD, headphone jack
- 1.2MP front and 5MP rear cameras
The Hardware – design, build, ports
First impressions out of the box are good, with the Venue 8 Pro feeling solid in the hand with a nice weight while feeling sturdy and easy to hold in one hand. While it’s a traditional black slab, construction is solid with no creaks or misaligned areas and overall fit and finish are top notch. The corners are curved so they feel comfortable when held and the back is covered in a rubbery finish with lightly raised concentric circles that seem to radiate from the Dell logo providing good grip. Also on the back here is a simple Intel inside logo. The front is all about the glossy display that looks sleek but professional as it seamlessly blends into the bezel, with no logos and only the opening for the front facing camera breaking the clean, black fascia. Overall it feels like a well-made product that feels more expensive than it actually is due to its solid feel.
On the right hand side (held in portrait mode) we have the micro USB port used for charging and connecting devices with a USB OTG cable, power and volume up/down buttons near the top of the tablet and lower down there is a micro SD card slot hidden behind a flap.
On the top of the device is the headphone jack and Windows key. The bottom houses the single speaker
The size and weight make the device easy to hold in one hand in portrait orientation while being operated by the other and with a bit of manoeuvring you can reach the buttons on the right side while holding it in the same hand. The Windows key is more problematic to get to when held like this in which case the charms would be better placed, but when used in landscape orientation the key is right under your thumb so can be activated easily, though it does take some getting used to. At the other end the speaker is placed slightly off centre so you’re less likely to cover all of it while holding in landscape mode. For tablet usage it’s more comfortable and easier to use than a 10” tablet like the Acer Ionia W510 and can be used on the desktop for more serious work but is definitely more suited to consumption using store apps because of the smaller display. It’s worth noting that snap does work with 2 Windows store apps but again the screen size makes this less than ideal for long stints of use.
The display is an IPS one that supports 10 point multi-touch and while the resolution is not the highest it is very clear and easy to read with very high brightness levels at a rated 400 nits. The auto brightness tends to make the screen quite dim though so check that if the screen quality seems below par. At 60% brightness when plugged into AC power the display is easily readable under indoor lighting and can be cranked up higher for outdoor usage.
Viewing angles are very good from all sides and while reflections can be a problem due to the glossy screen you can still clearly see what’s happening on the display. Touch sensitivity is good but sometimes a bit too good, with scrolling occasionally being interpreted as a tap.
The display also supports an active stylus but the technology is not provided by Wacom or N-trig but Synaptics. We don’t have the stylus on hand to test as it’s not included as standard but early reports are that it does not perform as well as its rivals. If possible we’ll add some info on that later on but Dell’s website has a full write up on it and its capabilities. (Link) As for protection, there’s no mention if the Venue 8 Pro uses Gorilla Glass or any other kind of protection for the screen.
Dell Venue 8 Pro Performance
When it comes to performance, the Atom in the DV8P is the same as previous iterations in name only, as the Z3740D Bay Trail chip provides much better performance than the previous generation Clover Trail and makes using the Dell a smoother experience over Windows 8 launch devices. Across the board things feel snappier and more responsive, Windows store apps open quicker and the traditional desktop feels better to work with. It’s still less powerful than a Core processor but you don’t feel like you are waiting around for things to happen with the Dell.
Testing a few Windows store games also shows the improved performance, with more consistent graphics and smoother gameplay. Navigating the OS is much more fluid than with a Clover Trail device, with app switching executing quickly. Browsing the web showed significant improvement, with any slowdowns only seen loading some sites which seemed to stall for no apparent reason before resuming. The tablet does get a little warm in the top right corner (when held in landscape orien6tation) under normal use but nothing major, however doing demanding tasks like gaming can get it a little uncomfortable.
And yes, the Dell can play Civ 5, though only at low settings, higher quality causes the Dell to lag quite a bit.
Wi-Fi performance is also good, with a strong signal in various areas where it was tested though speeds seem to max out at 150Mbps which may be due to the Verizon FIOS router it is connecting to. There was one instance where the Wi-Fi connection status dropped and showed “Limited” but a reboot fixed that and the issue has not reappeared in the week of testing.
Benchmarks vs the Clover Trail Acer W510 running Windows 8.1 confirm the improved performance:
Dell Venue 8 Pro 3DMark Ice Storm Score
Dell Venue 8 Pro: Maxed out, 8440, 13844
Acer W510: 3697, 1840, 2997
Dell Venue 8 Pro left: OpenGL:5.171 CPU:0.92
Acer W510 on right: OpenGL: n.a CPU:0.53
Note that First generation Ultrabooks scored around 1.3 on the CPU test, 8.6 on the OpenGL test. Current Ultrabooks with Haswell score around 2.5 on the CPU test and 17 on the OpenGL test.
CrystalDiskMark SSD speed tests.
The Dell is faster than the Acer in all but 2 read tests. Note that the storage uses the eMMC interface standard and not the faster SATA standard as found on laptops and Ultrabooks. Dell on left, W510 Clovertrail tablet on right.
Battery life, storage, speakers
Battery life on the Dell is decent, coming in at around 8 hours (less than the 10 hours Dell advertises) from its 18whr battery with brightness set at 35% and using the Dell power profile which has minimal options, for use like browsing, listening to music and maybe a few short videos. Results may differ at different brightness settings and usage scenarios.
Power consumption during sleep clocked in around 1% during a 4 hour period in connected standby; charging takes just over ?3 hours to reach full capacity from empty but is slower if the tablet is in use. Having Bluetooth activated also seems to have quite a negative effect on the battery when the device is idle but not as much if actually connected to a BT device, so if not in use be sure to disable it.
Gaming predictably makes a huge dent in battery life, with about 10 minutes of gaming (Civ 5, SoulCraft) dropping the battery from 98% down to 83%.
With the 32GB storage version free storage on a brand new system is about 12GB excluding Office 2013 so it might not be the best option if you intend to install lots of applications and games. There is a 4GB recovery partition that can be removed to reclaim that extra space but that makes restoring difficult as the Dell only has one USB port and requires power to perform the restore and with reports suggesting that powering the device while connected to a USB OTG cable isn’t possible a restore from USB will prove tricky.
The Dell ships with only a mono speaker at the bottom of the tablet but while it’s only a solitary output it actually sounds pretty good, able to reach high volume levels without distorting and still sounding clear. The headphone output has decent sound too, with just a bit of emphasis on the bass but still with good separation between the stereo channels and a clear top end.
Video output – Miracast
As the dell doesn’t have an HDMI port for video output your external viewing options are limited to either DisplayLink using the micro USB port with an adapter or buying a Miracast adapter. Unfortunately testing with a Netgear PTV3000 produced inconsistent results, with the output only usable in a certain scenario which may not suit everyone.
Using the latest Dell 220.127.116.11 Wi-Fi driver and Netgear firmware version 2.4.19 produced the best result, with the tablet set to project its output as a second screen to the TV. This setup requires a keyboard and mouse to be available as all activity is being shown on the secondary screen. Trying to change the project setting to anything else resulted in either a display output with a purple cast (as shown below) or nothing actually happening. Also after disconnection you had to delete and re-pair to the Netgear adapter to get video output working again and the tablet was forced into portrait mode.
Testing with the latest firmware 2.4.26 produced the distorted picture no matter what output was chosen. However the disconnection and portrait mode issues were fixed in this firmware so its possible future updates could resolve all the issues observed.
In summary, the Dell feels more like a regular, full powered PC than a tablet built for casual usage. Tasks execute quickly, with the exception of things like installing programs or unzipping files since that is still dependent on relatively slow eMMC storage but once programs are installed working with them and navigating round the OS feels responsive and fast in such a way that you do not feel you are using a budget system. Only a side by side comparison with a more powerful PC will expose the Dell’s limitations but in isolation it could easily work as a main system for work processing, web browsing and even some light PC gaming. Compared to Atom devices of old including those that launched with Windows 8, the Dell Venue 8 Pro and other Bay Trail tablets are a much better and satisfying experience and finally realize the dream of having a full PC in your hand without compromising on performance, portability or battery life.
Stay tuned for more on the Dell Venue 8 Pro soon. More specifications, links, images and videos available on our Dell Venue 8 Pro information page.
The first Bay Trail tablets are now arriving, starting with the Dell a few weeks ago and now the Lenovo Miix2, Toshiba Encore are up on Amazon.com, the Dellon Dell.com and Amazon plus Dell gives you 32GB for free!
Following on from Dell making theavailable to order a few weeks ago Amazon is now listing the Lenovo Miix2 and Toshiba Encore on their site in their available storage options (the Lenovo was actually listed as in stock at one time but now shows as not yet released). Pricing is as previously reported, with the Lenovo at $299.99 and the Toshiba at $329.99 for the 32GB versions with the 64GB version of the Lenovo going for $50 more. The Acer W4 and 64GB version of the Toshiba are not listed but should be appearing in due course. Head over to Amazon.com for the new arrivals.
For the Dell Update: deal is now over. there is currently a sale going on where you can get the 64GB version for the price of the 32GB, at $299.99. No word on how long this will last so if you’re interested its a good idea to hit that order button now.
Dell has also listed thefor order but ship dates are a way off in December. Be sure to check both Dell;s Home and Business websites for the entire range of Venue 11 Pro tablets.
Stay tuned to the site for our review of the Dell Venue 8 Pro coming up shortly.
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Dell Venue 11 Pro – http://www.dell.com/us/p/dell-venue-11-pro/pd
Three of the hottest convertibles around at the moment are all available with full Core i5 processors. They’re netbook size and weight but offer laptop-class processing with 5+hrs of battery life. I’ve analysed the Sony over at Ultrabooknews that highlights the prices and specification differences. Of course if you’re interested in lower-cost and good-enough processing power you can get the Dell in a Baytrail version which is thinner and lighter that its bigger brother. It goes head-to-head with the ASUS Transformer T100 which is doing well in the sales charts. All are available to order at Amazon.com right now. Latest prices shown below., Microsoft and Dell and written an article
I’m testing a couple of Belkin docks right now with my Ultrabooks and they’re excellent solutions for hot-desking. It’s saved my the use of one laptop as I now take one laptop between two desks rather than leave two in situ. Plugable have some similar docking solutions too. They use DisplayLink hardware and drivers to create screens that work over USB with soundcards and more. We’ve been testing it with Atom since 2008 but plugable have an excellent video that shows it working really well, almost transparently, with four external screens on Baytrail. That 8-inch Baytrail tablet can be your desktop!
P.S. I’ll get my Belkin reviews up ASAP!
With 2560×1600 resolution, a digitizer, 38h battery, rugged build and more, this generic levitra no prescription Baytrail tablet is unique. At the Fujitsu Forum today I had a change for hands on. The specs are already in the database here so let’s get straight on with the video and pics. Let us know what you think below but first, here’s the starting price, without keyboard. Approx. 1150 Euro.
Unfortunately the keyboard dock was not available for testing.
We highlighted the Q584 / QH55 a few weeks go. It’s the Baytrail tablet that pushes all the specifications to the max. I’ve added the official specifications to the database and later today I should have a chance to get hands-on. If there’s anything specific you need to know, please drop a question in the comments ASAP.
The 2560×1600 IGZO display with multitouch and digitizer layer is impressive enough but it’s the 38Wh battery that caught my eye. For a ‘rugged’ tablet (oh yeah, It’s waterproof) that weighs 640gm that’s pretty impressive and should give 10 hours of real-world usage. I notice that the 4G version has 6 antennas. (2 WiFi, 2 UMTS, 1 GPS, 1 NFC) so you should expect some good quality when it comes to the rather important act of connecting to the Internet. There’s more too because you’ve got a docking station AND a docking keyboard. I’ll try and get more information on those accessories.
This Windows 8.1 tablet uses the top of the range quad-core Z3770 processor. Baytrail-M processors with 64it operation and SATA disk interfaces will be available next year but you may not find that devices using those processors won’t match the lightweight build of the Q584. Weight is critical to a usable and mobile 10-inch tablet.
We’re waiting on price but of course as this is a business-focused product we’re not holding our breath for the lowest price. If, however, you can get the tablet, keyboard and dock for under $1000 I’ll be impressed. It’s available mid-Dec. Stay tuned for a hands-on post in a short while.
Disclosure: Fujitsu have paid for my travel to the Fujitsu Forum 2013.
The ASUSlooks, before it’s available in most countries, to be a hit. Reviews have been good and the interest and buying levels appear to be high. Here on UMPCPortal it’s the #1 most viewed product in the database. On the huge Europe-wide price comparison engine Geizhals, it’s the #1 (we assume most-viewed product) in the tablet and notebook category. The really significant statistic is that it’s the number 5 bestseller in the laptop category at Amazon.com where customers have given it 4 out of 5 stars.
Over in Europe we’re seeing a couple of new models in the line-up which will interest those looking to store all their music and videos because they have a 500GB drive in addition to the 32 or 64GB main storage. The model DK007H adds the drive to the 64GB storage and the DK005H does the same to the 32GB model. 32GB + 500GB will cost the same as the 64GB model. The same price hike, 50 Euro, applies to the 64GB+500GB model. The hard drive is in the docking keyboard. (No, there’s no hint of a keyboard with additional battery!)
Back to the reviews we see that people are getting in to a few more detailed tests now. Gaming videos are appearing too. Kyle Muel has at least 12, [update 26! now] videos up. Crysis, Starcraft 2, Diablo 3 and Counterstrike are amongst them. FIFA 14 runs surprisingly well. MobileGeeks also have an ASUS T100 gaming video up.
One of my favorite articles about the in the last few weeks has to be this one from Liliputing where Brad uses the ASUS T100 as a desktop for a day. “…you get a surprisingly capable workstation.” I’m using the Acer W510 with an external keyboard screen and mouse right now and although it’s fine for blogging, it’s got limits. The ASUS Transformer Book shows just how much of an improvement Baytrail is over Clovertrail. It’s a truly dynamic hardware and software combination which shows us the future of PCs.
Our database page has been updated with reviews and other links.
With the official launch of Windows 8.1 as previously announced, the Delland the Asus are now available to order online from various online retailers and are the first Bay Trail devices to be available to consumers.
Browsing to Dell’s website shows the order cheap propecia has a preorder listing for the 64GB version with a ship date of November but no accessories listed.available in various configurations, starting with the device on its own or bundled with a case or case + stylus combo with orders slated to ship on October 25th for the 32GB version at $299.99. Upping the storage to 64GB moves the ship date out a bit later to November 1 and takes the cost of the device itself to $349.99. Amazon also
The Asus here for a first look at the T100 by liliputing.is also showing up on Amazon as available from several retailers though with rapidly changing stock levels, and also direct from other online retailers. Check with your favorite retailer for availability. Also head over
Anyone going to be picking one of these up?
Almost immediately after the release of the W3 8-inch tablet from Acer there have been rumors of and requests for a successor and now finally Acer has officially announced the W4, with improvements that could make this the 8-inch tablet to have.
The Iconia W4 looks a lot like its predecessor physically but actually comes in a bit thinner and lighter, at 0.42″(10.75mm) thin and 0.91 pounds (415g) weight. The real improvements however are with the internals and the display with the W4 now running on a Bay Trail Z3740 CPU and a 1280×800 optically bonded IPS display with Zero Air Gap technology for better readability in sunlight.
Other specs remain the same as the W3, with Bluetooth , wifi, micro SD, micro HDMI and micro USB ports and 32GB and 64GB storage options. The rear camera however has been upgraded to a 5MP one while the front camera has an unchanged resolution at 2MP. Battery life is rated at 10 hours for web browsing and 8 hours video playback.
The W4 will be available with several accessory options including a Crunch Keyboard, which consists of a Bluetooth keyboard and case, and Crunch covers which can fold into a stand for the tablet and come in various colors. No mention of a stylus so its unlikely to have a digitizer for pen input.
Prices start at $330 for 32GB and it should be available later this month.
So how do you think the W4 ranks against the other 8-inchers that will be available starting October 18th?
Windows 8.1 is here and I hope you’re in the process of updating. On Clovertrail tablets it takes 2-4 hours for the download and upgrade but it’s worth it, and not just because of the new Facebook app (video demo here.) No, the most important thing for small screen tablets and mobility was the promised support for 3G in Connected Standby / InstantGo. In combination with the new Hotspot feature, it’s going to allow up to 10 devices to use a PC’s cellular data connection over WiFi, while it’s ‘off.’
There’s a video below but first…
How to use the Windows 8.1 Hotspot feature.
Up to 10 devices can use a Windows 8.1 hotspot (Technically called ICS – Internet Connection Sharing) and obviously you’ll need a Windows 8.1 (or newer) PC with 3G and WiFi capability. If that’s the case then there’s only two steps.
1 – Enable both WiFi and 3G. Make sure the 3G (or 4G) is connected to your carrier.
Here you see the 3G connected to O2 at HSPA+ speed.
2 – Enable the hotspot.
Swipe in from the right or point your mouse ion the bottom-right corner. Select ‘Settings’ from the charm bar and then , ‘Change PC Settings’ on the lower right of the menu. Look for ‘Network’ in the list on the left and select that.
You should find yourself here. Select the 3G connection under “Mobile broadband”
At the top there’s a slider under ‘Share this connection.’ Simply swipe it to the right.
By default the network name (SSID) is the name of the PC and there’s a random (possibly!) password. You can select edit to change that. It takes 10-20 seconds before you’ll see it as a new hotspot.
From this point on you’ll need to make sure your PC is left on…unless you have a PC capable of ‘Connected Standby’ or ‘InstantGo.’ All the Windows 8 tablets on the Clovertrail platform, a few new Ultrabooks on Haswell and most of the Baytrail-T tablets and 2-in-1 ones support this new feature. If you have this feature, feel free to touch the power button. The device will go into a mode where Windows Modern apps continue to run.
Note: If your 3G drops out it may not auto-reconnect. Make sure you select ‘ Connect automatically’ in the 3G network settings.
Here’s a video showing the process and includes a demo of the InstantGo / Connected Standby mode.
In under 4hrs from posting this, at 4am PDT, we’ll all be able to start upgrading to Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 updates are active in the Windows Store. That’s assuming you’re running Windows 8 of course!
Update: Windows 8.1 update download is 2.8GB. Servers seem to be coping though.
Windows 8.1 apps are already in the store waiting for upgraded users and one of those is the official Facebook app. Ta Da!
There’s lots more coming including IE11, new imaging and video apps and a new suite of built-in app upgrades. You’ll probably see a lot of new and upgraded third party apps too and that’s one of the yardsticks that people will be using to gage Windows Store progress. It’s important, no, critical that ISVs get a positive feel over the next few weeks and 8.1 rolls out and the new wave of modern form-factors roll out. That includes the ASUS Transformer T100 which some have already got in their hands today.
Latest information is that Microsoft will flip the switch at 4am local time. That’s 1300 in central Europe, 1200 in the UK and 7am in New York.
You should get the update notification through Windows Store when it’s available but be aware that availability could be tight, some locations may get it earlier than others, there may be firmware updates needed on some PCs and that the update process itself is going to take a long time. Installing the Beta on a Clovetrail tablet could take an hour or more. On anwith a quick Internet connection you’ll probably be done in 20 minutes.
I’m ready and waiting to update to Win 8.1 with an Acer W510, Samsung ATIV 500T and an Intel developer Ultrabook…
Lenovo today officially announced its entry into the rapidly expanding 8-inch Windows tablet category with the official announcement of its previously teased Miix2 8-inch tablet.
Starting at $299, the Miix2 will be one of the thinnest and lightest 8-inch Windows 8 tablets coming in at 8.35mm and 350g and will come with a Bay Trail processor, a 1280×800 10-point multi touch display that supports pen input and has a 178-degree viewing angle. Following the current trend Office Home & Student 2013 is also bundled. Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and GPS are also onboard.
RAM clocks in at 2GB while storage is available from the base 32GB up to a 128GB eMMC with expandable memory also available from the included micro SD card slot, which curiously is stated to only go up to 32GB. Apart from the storage card slot no other ports are mentioned in the press release but we will hopefully have more information on that when the official page is posted. The device will also have 2 cameras, a 2MP shooter on the from for Skype calls and a 5MP camera on the back. Battery life is quoted at 7 hours.
An optional cover which doubles as a stand is available in several colors as well as an optional stylus to take advantage of the pen input, though no mention was made of what digitizer technology is being used. From the looks of the pen included with the press shots though this could be limited to capacitive styli only but that remains to be confirmed.
The Miix2 should be available at the end of this month starting at $299 for the 32GB version.
Some of you are going to receive a Windows 8.1 update tomorrow. If you’ve got a laptop without a touchscreen you might be in the ‘so what’ camp but if you’ve got a touch tablet you’ll have happy fingers. If you’ve got Connected Standby and 3G, there’s a little extra treat in there for you. Microsoft have been highlighting Windows 8.1 features in a blog series recently and today we get to hear about Movie Moments, a new Movie editing app alone with big updates to Fresh Paint, Photo and Camera apps.
The new features are going to fit well with Baytrail-based Windows 8.1 products because they mobile, finger and creativity-focused. Some of the on-chip features are going to accelerate these functions while keeping battery consumption low.
Take the newly announced Movie Moments app which I’ll be testing on the W510 as soon as I can. (Here’ s a previous single-device video take-edit-upload process done with other Windows 8 software.) If Microsoft allow H.264 output at configurable bitrates, configurable templates and support for the Intel Media SDK for hardware acceleration, I’m in! It could be good enough for my YouTube videos.
Microsoft’s blog post talks about new features in the camera app. Take a video and capture an image at the same time (hopefully at full resolution,) use Photosynth technology to create Panoramas and use a photo loop to capture multiple frames over a 2-second time period. The only problem here is that the camera hardware needs to be improved.
Improvements have also gone into the photo editing feature. I tested this in the 8.1 preview and it was good enough for social-sharing uses.
Finally, Fresh Paint gets a big update. Those with a pressure-sensitive digitizer pen will get more out of it than most!
Don’t forget that Windows 8.1 isn’t just about a Start button. It isn’t just about supporting small-screen devices either as there are improvements that have gone into the self-supporting Windows 8 sub-system that is Connected Standby. You can run more apps in the background and, for the first time, you’ll be able to use 3G/4G modules when in Connected Standby / InstantGo. Running Skype in this mode will be interesting.
Here’s a re-cap of the preview work done with the Acer W510 and Windows 8.1
Hat tip: The Digital Lifestyle
Intel says that there are 50 Baytrail design wins under development and believes that 10 Baytrail systems will be on the shelf by Black Friday, 29th November 2013, but that most of those will be Android tablets.
Third-Quarter results were announced by Intel yesterday and while we won’t go into financial details, it’s interesting to hear the relevant earnings call comments from the new CEO Brian Krzanich:
- There are about 50 design wins on Baytrail. (We assume across all versions.)
- “About half” of the 50 design wins are 2-in-1 devices. (later clarified to be 20-25 design wins.) We can assume that most of those will be Windows 8.1 devices.
- Up to half of the design wins will be BayTrail Tablets on Android.
- 8-10 systems on shelf by Black Friday, most of those being Android tablets.
It stands to reason that if 50% of the devices will be running Android and about 40% are 2-in-1’s which we assume will be running Windows 8.1 then that doesn’t leave much space for pure Windows 8.1 tablets. In fact the one’s we’ve seen so far, the Dell Venue Pro 8, Toshiba Encore, Acer Iconia W4, HP, Sharp Mebius Pad and Lenovo Miix 8 could be all we see for a while.
If our poll is any indication, most of the interest is in the 2-in-1’s so it’s exciting to imagine what could be coming in that area. The Fujitsu Q584, , Dell and HP Pavilion X2 cover four of the major brands but you can be sure that Acer is working on something along the lines of the P3, that Lenovo will update the Lynx at some point and that Microsoft’s rumoured Surface Mini is likely to be built on Baytrail. There’ll be a number of re-branded OED devices too. The major company that hasn’t made any significant Windows tablet announcements in this space yet is Samsung. It’s difficult to imagine that they would hold-back until 2014.
The ASUS Transformer T100 will be available from Friday (18th October – Windows 8.1 official launch day. Windows 8.1 upgrade downloads start tomorrow, the 17th.) and we’re also expecting the two Dell Venue Pro products to be available during the first weeks of November.
As for Baytrail-M products , the information we have points to Q1 2014 for those as 64-bit drivers and firmware are finalised. Baytrail-M is unlikely to be used for 8-inch tablets but do expect 2-in-1s, larger tablets and even some laptops to appear using the platform.