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Tablet Shipments Keep Dropping on Account of Notebook and Large Smartphone Pressure

By Radu Iorga

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It’s a well known fact that the iPhone 6 Plus is pretty much a tablet killer, especially one with a 7 inch screen. This situation is more pronounced for 6 inch phablets, that are killing the sales of smaller slates. There are also figures to support this trend.

Tablet shipments are also being pushed down by the resurging notebooks and their decline is expected to continue well into 2015, according to market experts. Many of the vendors of $199 notebooks will release new models in the fourth quarter and tablet vendors are worried about that. 7 inch display slates used to stand for 70% of the overall tablet market sales, but no longer, as the percentage is now below 60%.

The impact of the large size phones is felt on the overall tablet segment as well. Chromebooks are also cutting into the tablet sales and the likes of HP, Acer, ASSU and Toshiba are already planning releases in the $199 to $249 price range with Windows, to rival the Chromebooks. NPD DisplaySearch expects global tablet shipments to reach 254 million units this year, a 2% increase on year, but lower by 14% compared to the previous forecast.

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Google Nexus 7 LTE (2013) Gets the Update to Android 4.4.4 KitKat

By Claudiu Sima

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After Android 4.4.4 KitKat has been made available for a lot of devices, including Nexus ones, Google failed to offer this update for one of the Nexus tablet from its portofolio, more precisely to the Nexus 7 (2013), the version with 4G LTE connectivity. Today, Google announced that the Android 4.4.4 KitKat factory images are now available for Nexus 7 LTE too.

As you can see above, we can download the factory images from Google, a Verizon one being available too. Among the specs of the Nexus 7 LTE tablet we have a Full HD IPS LCD display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, 2 GB of RAM memory and 16 or 32 GB space of storage.

Other specs include stereo speakers, an Adreno 302 GPU, a 5-megapixel main camera on the back, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3.950 mAh battery. As you may know, the next big thing from Google will be a Nexus 9 tablet that may be developed in partnership with HTC.

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ASUS VivoTab 8 Windows Tablet Preparing for October Release, Priced at $199

By Radu Iorga

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ASUS is prepping to launch its most affordable Windows tablet ever, the VivoTab 8 model, that’s coming in October. The price tag is $199 and the device doesn’t look bad at all, as shown below.

This 8 inch Windows slate is basically the same with the VivoTab Note 8, that launched earlier this year. However, it lacks the active digitizer, stylus and its hefty $330 price. The newcomer was shown at IFA 2014 in Berlin earlier this month and now it’s ready for store time. After paying $199 for it, you get an 8 inch 1280 x 800 pixel display with wide view angles, an Intel Atom Z3745 Bay Trail quad core processor, 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.

 

There’s a 15.2 Wh battery on board, offering up to 8 hours of functioning time, as well as GPS and WiFi 802.11n. We’ve got 2 megapixel cameras at the back and front and a microSD card slot included, too. It supports up to 64 GB in removable storage. The product seems solid and it’s taken for a hands on spin below:

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Chuwi V10HD Dual Boot Tablet Officially Announced, Comes With Windows 8 and Android

By James A.

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The concept of a dual boot tablet is not new, but the Chuwi model below is and it comes with Windows 8 and Android. The device is named Chuwi V10HD and it appears that its maker is using the relaxed Windows licensing to release a rare kind of product.

This dual boot slate can switch easily between operating systems and it comes with a 10 inch 1920 x 1200 pixel display, as well as 3G and WiFi connectivity. The product can pass from one OS to the other easily and relies on an Intel Bay Trail 64 bit processor, clocked at 1.83 GHz and accompanied by 2 GB of RAM. The tablet is priced at just $276, that sounds very nice and one aspect I’m curious about here is the battery capacity.

We also know this model has 3G supports, WiFi, Bluetooth and its design is actually pretty nice, with glass at both the front and the back, which would make it an uniquely designed slate. Fingers crossed for this product getting to Europe or US soon!

 

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HP Launches the Stream 7 Tablet and New Stream Laptops; Prices Starting at $99

By Claudiu Sima

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Recently, HP announced the launch of four new Windows products, more precisely of the Stream 7 tablet that comes in two size versions, the HP Stream 11, and the HP Stream 13 laptop. While the 7-inch Stream 7 tablet is available for just $99, the 8-inch version will arrive in November at a $149 price tag.

Both these tablets are using Intel chipsets and a year-long subscription to Office 365 Personal with 1 TB of OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of Skype calls each month. Also, once we buy the 8-inch tablet, we’ll get 200 MB of free LTE data each month with no contract for the life of the device.

Getting to the HP Stream laptops, we have the 11.6-inch model that brings a HD display and the 13.3-inch version that offers optional a touch display. Like we get in the tablets, we have here some Intel Celeron processor in both these laptops. While the HP Stream 11 is available for a $199 price tag, the Stream 13 laptop cand be yours for $229.

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