Lenovo has unveiled its thinnest Thinkpad yet in the new Thinkpad X1laptop. With a thickness of just 0.7”, it still can’t beat Macbook Air in thickness but it has sturdy build and weighs just 3.75lbs. Powered by Intel Sandy Bridge processor, the screen is 13.3″ Premium HD (1366×768) LED Backlit Display.
General laptops news on what happening out there.
The huge success of Apple’s iPad will be facing a serious challenger soon in Google’s new web ready laptop running on Chrome OS. To be priced at $349 cash down, it would also be offered at just $20 rent a month. Aimed at students, the cheap laptop with online access is expected to be followed by similar package for business and other users.
A computer for just $25? Yes that is what David Braben, a British game designer has developed primarily for children. It is of the size of a USB stick and has 128 MB RAM, runs on 700 MHz ARM based processor with an HDMI port on one end and a USB port on the other. The operating system is open source software like Ubuntu and there is also a SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot.
Hewlett Packard unveiled a handful of new laptops recently through HP ProBook 5330m, Envy 14, Mini 210 and Pavilion dv4 laptops. Here is a quick look at them.
The runaway success of the tablet PC market in recent times with Apple’s iPad leading the pack seems to have dealt a blow to the sale of laptops and desktops. All the three leading PC manufacturers viz. HP, Dell and Acer have reported dip in PC sales of 23%, 7% and 16% respectively in the latest quarter. Meanwhile Apple’s iPad is expected to sell 47 million pieces this year out of a total 70 million tablets globally according to a Gartner report.
Advent Vega the low cost tablet was sold out within a few hours of going for sale online on PC World and Currys in UK. Here is a low down on what makes Advent Vega tablet so popular.
Google showcased its latest version of Android OS for mobile devices, Android 3.0 codenamed Honeycomb earlier this month. Motorola Xoom and LG G-Slate are expected to be the first tablet PCs sporting Honeycomb OS. Here is a preview of what users can expect from Android 3.0
Android 3.0 is different from the earlier versions in that it has been designed with tablet PCs with large screen sizes in mind. It has a truly virtual and holographic user interface (UI) with multitasking, multiple toolbars and a whole lot of new apps. This version would also be in the open source domain with developers just needing to download the Honeycomb SDK to add their own apps.
Weighing a mere 1.5 lbs and half an inch in thickness, the Advent Vega Android 2.2 based tablet is a lightweight gadget packed with features. It has Wi-fi, Bluetooth support and an USB port for external connectivity. With a 10.1” capacitive touch screen display that gives vivid images, Advent Vega has built in webcam and microphone.
Acer, the second largest PC maker in the world behind HP, is set to enter the growing Android tablet PC market soon. At a recent global press conference, Acer unveiled release of 2 tablet PCs with 10.1” and 7” screens and a smart phone with 4.8” screen. They are expected to run on yet to be released Android Honeycomb 3.0 OS and be in the market by April 2011. They were originally slated for release this year.
Tablet PCs Rule! After the recent admission by Microsoft executives that Apple’s iPad is gnawing away netbook sales comes the report from UBS that the share of iPad and other tablet PCs is expected to grow fast much like TVs and delay sales of PCs.
According to a study by analysts at UBS, in one year’s time, users could be rethinking on upgrading their PCs as iPad and other tablet PCs become more powerful with dual core processors. The latter would be able to handle large content like spreadsheets, multiple websites and several photos. Sales growth of notebooks could drop from 18% this year to 12% next year.