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ASUS VivoTab Windows Tablet

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ASUS VivoTab Windows Tablet

ASUS VivoTab Windows TabletASUS VivoTab Windows tablet is a top quality, fully featured tablet PC.  This 11.6 inch IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, is a lovely tablet to look at and use.

Featuring Intel’s 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 64GB of storage, this tablet is a serious machine. The optional Docking station (sold separately) with Full QWERTY keyboard adds additional 9 hours of battery life, to instantly turn the VivoTab into PC mode with up to 19 hours of battery life.

Fully loaded with Windows 8 and with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013 bundled together, this tablet is ready for work right out of the box.

Check out the specifications:

Display 11.6″ HD WXGA Super IPS+ panel with 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degrees viewing angle, multi-touch display
Processor Intel 1.8 GHz Atom Z2760
Operating System Windows 8
Memory
  • 2GB (RAM) DDR3
  • 64GB eMMC
  • 32GB 36 Months ASUS Webstorage Space
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • 2MP front camera
  • 8MP auto-focus rear camera with flash, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, and large aperture design to clearly capture every moment
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth V4.0
Inputs / Outputs Tab:
1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
1 x micro HDMI
1 x Micro SD Card Reader(SDXC)Mobile Dock:
2 x USB 2.0 port
Sensors G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, Hall sensor, NFC
Dimension, Weight 294.2 x 188.8 x 8.7 mm (WxDxH) , 675g
Battery Tab only:
10.5 hours; 30Wh Li-polymer Battery *2Tab with Dock:
19 hours ; 30Wh(Tab) + 25Wh(Dock) Li-polymer Battery*2
Other Features & Applications Applications:

  • SuperNote
  • Guide
  • Vibe Lite
  • ASUS Camera
  • MyLibrary
  • MyDictionary
  • Asus WebStorage
  • Amazon Kindle

Android on an x86 Tablet

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Android on an x86 Tablet

Android on an x86 TabletAndroid on an x86 tablet?  Seemed like an impossible task, until now.

Previously, Android was limited to running on tablets and phones with an ARM processor, such as the NVDIA, Samsung and Qualcomm processors.  However, Intel has been working hard to grab a larger share of the market that currently uses ARM processors.

Companies such as Intel and AMD manufacturer processor chips or CPUs using an x86 architecture.  The x86 CPUs have been primarily for full size PCs supporting, originally DOS, and now, Windows, Linux, etc.  Previously, x86 CPUs were power hogs requiring large amounts of power and generating large amounts of heat. These machines required relatively large fans and heat management designs.  As PCs became smaller and more portable running on batteries, this caused a challenge with manufacturers to design more efficient CPUs that drew less power and generated less heat.  Even some notebooks had heat issues and required extra fans to keep them running at a good speed.

With the advent of the tablet PC, they don’t have fans.  The ARM processors run cool and draw much less power.  Batteries lasted longer due to the lower energy requirements.  x86 manufacturers felt the pressure to produce the same cool running processors, but maintain the speed and reliability.

Intel released the Atom line of processors as a low power SoC (System on Chip) to support the x86 based operating systems, such as Windows.  So, it was ARM for Android, and x86 for Windows.  Until now…..

Android on an x86 tablet

Last year, Intel announced a version of their SoC Atom processor family designed for smartphones and tablets.  Based on a partnership between Intel and Google, this new Atom processor will support the Android operating system.

Initially, the Atom family was not designed to support the Linux/Android operating systems, but that has been corrected with this new series of processors.

We are just now seeing Android on an x86 tablet from manufacturers such as the ASUS, Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, and HP are all running the Android operating system using an Intel Atom x86 processor.

 

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows Tablet

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Toshiba Encore 2 (WT8-B32CN)

Toshiba Encore 2 Windows TabletThe Toshiba Encore 2 8 inch Windows tablet is one of the new tablets on the market.  With Windows 8.1, Office 365, 32GB storage, and Intel’s Atom processor, this is a nice tablet for the price.

The Toshiba Encore 2 tablet includes a free 1 year subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 application suite.  Featuring full-versions of the latest Office applications, including Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, OneNote® and Outlook®.  These applications work on or off line, and will automatically sync to the cloud to keep all your files on all your devices in sync.

Encore™ 2 is preloaded with all the apps you want—like Xbox® Music & Video, Kindle® Reader and Skype™. Expand your collection by tapping into the Windows Store where you can grab more of your favorites, discover new apps, get personalized recommendations and more.

The 802.11n WiFi connection and the Bluetooth® 4.0 port allow for fast connections for downloads, streaming music and video, and enhanced connection to external speakers for great audio.

This small tablet comes with 32GB of internal storage plus the SDXC memory card slot will support cards up to 128GB.

This same tablet also comes in a 10 inch model with all the same specifications, plus the 10 inch model includes a HDMI port, which the 8 inch does not have.

Display 8.0″ Diagonal Widescreen IPS WXGA Display at 1280 x 800 Native Resolution
Processor Intel® Atom® Processor Z3735F (2MB Cache, Up to 1.83GHz) Quad Core
Operating System Windows 8.1 with Bing®
Memory 1GB Memory + 32GB Internal Storage eMMC
External Storage Micro SD/SDHC/SDXC Card slot up to 128GB
Camera / Flash
  • Front 1.2MP Fixed Focus HD Camera
  • Rear 5.0MP Auto Focus HD Camera
Wireless Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth® v 4.0
Inputs / Outputs
  • Micro-USB 2.0
Sensors
  • G-Sensor
  • E-compass
  • Hall Sensor
  • GPS & GLONASS
Dimension, Weight 5.2″ x 8.3″ x 0.37″ 13.4 oz
Battery Up to 11.1 hours
Other Features & Applications
  • Office 365™ Personal 1-year
  • Stereo Speakers, Internal Microphone, Dolby® Digital Plus

ASUS Fonepad 7 (ME372CG)

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ASUS Fonepad 7

ASUS Fonepad 7The ASUS Fonepad 7 is a 7 inch mobile phone with full tablet functionality loaded with Android 4.2.

  • Built-in full phone and cellular 3G data function
  • High quality 7-inch HD (1280×800) IPS panel with 178 degree view angles
  • Intel Atom™ Processor for lightning-fast web and application loading
  • Enjoy an immersive entertainment experience with dual front speakers
  • 8/16/32GB of internal storage
  • High quality pictures are a snap with 1.2 MP front-facing camera and 5MP rear camera

Enjoy great sound from this 7 inch tablet featuring SonicMaster from ASUS.  The Intel 1.6GhZ Atom processor gives amazing speed in this small tablet.

Display 7″ LED Backlight WXGA (1280×800) Screen IPS Panel 10 finger multi-touch support
Processor Intel® Atom™ Z2560 Dual-Core, 1.6 GHz
Operating System Android 4.2
Memory 1GB (RAM) + 8GB/16GB/32GB Storage
External Storage microSD (up to 64GB)
Camera / Flash 1.2 MP Front Camera ( 720p Video Recording ) 5 MP Rear Camera with Auto focus( 1080p Video Recording )
Wireless Connectivity
  • WLAN802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V3.0
  • UMTS DC-HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:42 Mbps
  • 3G
  • WCDMA: 850/900/1700/1900/2100
  • 2G
  • EDGE/GSM : 850/900/1800/1900,
Inputs / Outputs
  • 1 x Micro USB (USB OTG support)
  • 1 x 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Mic-in)
  • 1 x MicroSD, supports up to 64GB of additional storage
  • 1 x Micro SIM*4
Sensors G-Sensor, E-compass, Proximity & Light sensor, Hall sensor, GPS, GLONASS & AGPS
Dimension, Weight 120 x 196.8 x 10.5 mm (WxDxH) 328g
Battery 10 hours; 15Wh Li-polymer Battery
Other Features & Applications Stereo Speakers with SonicMaster technology

ASUS Fonepad – 7 inch

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ASUS FonepadASUS has announced that they will be releasing a 7 inch tablet that will function as both a full featured tablet, and phone.

Wasn’t it a couple of years ago that Blackberry released a 5 inch phone / tablet?  And it failed because it was too big to be used as a phone?  People complained that the size was impracticable, too big, some said they could not hold it in their hand.

Then Samsung released a version of their 7 inch Galaxy Tab II that has phone support, then Samsung released the 5 inch Galaxy Note, then a 7 inch Galaxy Note, both of which supported phone features.  AND buyers were gobbling these up by the millions.

Now, ASUS has announced a 7 inch variety that will do the same thing.  Blackberry was, indeed, ahead of its time.

I doubt that anyone will actually be holding this 7 inch tablet up to their head to make or receive a phone call.  So we are reverting back to the Bluetooth era.  We will be seeing people walking around with a tablet in their purse or portfolio and an ugly thing protruding from their ear.  It always gives me the creeps when I walk by someone who is talking to apparently no one, and after a double or triple take, I realize they have a Bluetooth R2D2 thing in their ear and actually talking on a phone.

Thanks to ASUS, we may be seeing more of these, but not in the USA since the phone carriers there are not “in tune” with using tablets as phones.

Enter the ASUS Fonepad with an Intel Atom x86 processor.  This is another interesting element since nearly all Android devices use an ARM processor.  The Fonepad is using an x86 processor previously used exclusively by Windows devices.

Here are more specifications about the new ASUS Fonepad:

  • 7-inch screen, 10-point multi-touch, 1280 x 800 HD resolution. IPS technology, 178-degree wide viewing angles
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system
  • Intel® Atom™ Z2420 processor
  • 340g weight and slim 10.4mm
  • Built-in 3G with HSPA+ mobile data
  • available with 8GB or 16GB of storage
  • SD card slot for up to 32GB of additional storage
  • Front 1.2-megapixel camera, optional rear 3-megapixel autofocus camera with 720p HD video recording
  • SonicMaster audio technology with MaxxAudio 3 processing
  • SuperNote lite for handwritten notes and drawing
  • 5GB of free lifetime ASUS WebStorage

Intel Prepares Windows Tablets with Atom Clover Trail chip

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Intel Atom ProcessorIntel is quietly and quickly developing central processing x86 chips to combat the popular ARM processors.  Manufacturers have shown preference to the ARM processors since they have low power consumption which allows for much longer battery life over the legacy x86 processors.  The lower power consumption also lends itself to lower heat issues, which also allows for smaller devices.

Intel initially developed the Atom series of processors with the single core Oak Trail processor which performed well.  Now, Intel is rumored to be readying the Clover Trail dual-core processor for tablets and convertibles to be delivered in November, 2012.  Which is about the time Windows 8 will be released.

The Atom series of processors are expected to get about 8 to 10 hours of actual processing battery life, and weeks of standby time.

The most interesting part of the Atom processors is that they are x86 processors, not ARM processors.  The advantage of this is that they will run the full version of Windows 8 and support all the legacy desktop applications developed for x86 computers.  However, the x86 will not support an Android OS and run all those low cost apps.

Tablets with ARM processors will only be able to run the Windows RT version of Windows 8, which is a run time version.  Windows RT is developed using much of the code from Windows 8 and has the same look and feel.  But, Windows RT on a ARM device will not run the legacy x86 applications.  Instead, they’ll be limited to apps designed for the new Metro user interface included in Windows 8, and will support apps downloaded and installed from the Windows app store.

Intel has laid out specific requirements that they would like to see on devices sporting the Atom processor.  You may look at this as a feature assurance approach so that if you are buying “Intel Inside” you can be assured of getting a certain laundry list of features.

Intel Requirements

Intel is definitely taking a more aggressive approach in combating the emergence of ARM processors.  However, we have yet to see any speed comparisons.  With the quad-core ARM processors being released on ARM tablets, you have to wonder how the dual-core Clover Trail processor will stack up.