HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba have been showing the shape of Windows 8 computing to come, unveiling hybrid PC/tablet devices that take advantage of the new dual-mode operating system when it launches on October 26.
HP has been demonstrating its Envy x2 (pictured left) to media in San Francisco, while its Asian rivals launched their takes on hybrid computing at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin. None of them have anything to fear from Apple in this area, in terms of patent disputes or rival devices, with Tim Cook, chief executive, describing such designs as being as unsatisfactory as combining a toaster with a refrigerator. Read more
With the $199 Nexus 7, reviewed in this week’s Personal Technology column, Google risks undercutting and antagonising tablet manufacturers that have backed its Android operating system.
Alongside the Nexus, I have been testing two such tablets just launched by Toshiba that come in at more than double its price. An assessment of whether their extra features are worth the premium is after the jump. Read more
Toshiba has come up with perhaps the most striking Ultrabook to date with the elongated Satellite U845W announced today – that W stands for very Wide, while its depth is unusually narrow.
The picture (left) doesn’t do justice to the laptop (nor does the name, U must stand for unsexy nomenclature). This is the first Ultrabook to feature a 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio, made possible by its 14.4in ultrawide-HD display. Read more
Gartner upped its 2012 worldwide tablet sales forecast on Tuesday to 119m units, from the 103m it predicted last September and almost double its final figures for 2011 of 60m units.
The research firm predicted Apple would still dominate with a 61 per cent market share, with Android taking 32 per cent. Toshiba will hope to have some of the latter share, with three new Excite tablets announced on Tuesday, including a supersized 13.3in version. Read more
Toshiba showed off its new Excite X10 tablet at CES on Sunday evening, coupling it in demonstrations with its latest lineup of Smart TVs.
The Excite is a 10.1in tablet, which Toshiba claims is the world’s thinnest and lightest at that size – 0.3in thin to be specific and weighing 1.2lbs. Read more
Toshiba has announced its first 7in tablet – an Android device that may give Samsung’s Galaxy Tab of that screen size a run for its money.
At a demonstration in San Francisco, I was impressed with the high-resolution screen, the rubberised grip and the lightness of the 7in Thrive, compared to the bulkier 10.1in version already available. Read more
The MacBook Air finally has some serious competition with the first of the new Ultrabook laptops being launched here at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin.
After Toshiba unveiled what it claimed was the world’s thinnest and lightest 13.3in laptop on Thursday – the Portege Z830 - Acer followed up on Friday with the Aspire S3, which boasts 1.5 seconds start-up time from a sleep state that can last 50 days on its long-life battery. Read more