Two weeks ago, I received a press release from a company called D2 announcing its new 16-gigabyte 7-inch tablet running Android Jelly Bean 4.1 and priced at $89. This is sold exclusively at Big Lots and went on sale March 1. This new tablet also has a micro SD slot so you can upgrade its memory, making it a very versatile, yet low-cost tablet solution. That same day I got a...
(3 months and 9 days ago)
ARM is targeting mid-range smartphones and tablets priced between US$200 and $350 with a new low-power Cortex-A12 processor the company announced Monday at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The company's processors are used in most of the world's smartphones and tablets. The new Cortex-A12 processor design will succeed the Cortex-A9 design, which was used in Apple's iPhone...
(16 days ago)
Combining a dual-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU and quad-core ARM Mali T604 GPU, the Samsung Exynos 5 Dual SoC provides superlative graphics, whether in a chromebook or tablet.
(2 months and 25 days ago)
Intel is set to introduce its next-generation Atom processor, which will be the first redesign of the chip since it launched five years ago.May 6 is the day Intel is expected to announce the refresh, which will be targeting a range of products from low powered tablets to smartphones and PCs.The 22-nanometer Atom will follow Intel's mainstream Core processors with a speedy...
(1 month and 17 days ago)
The PC industry is expected to see negative growth for the second consecutive year as consumers continue to favor tablets over notebooks. Research firm IDC forecasts that worldwide tablet shipments will surpass notebooks in 2013, and will grow to top all PC shipments by 2015. Tablet shipments are expected to grow 58.7% year-over-year to 229.3 million units, up from 144.5...
(21 days ago)
Intel expects tablets containing its upcoming Atom processor code-named Bay Trail will cost under US$200, a company executive said Wednesday. "We believe we can push it well below the $199 price point," said Hermann Eul, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, during a news conference at Computex in Taipei. This is a new low price for...
(13 days ago)
Semiconductor company MediaTek wants to improve the performance of low-cost Android-based smartphones with its latest system-on-a-chip (SoC), the MT6572.MT6572 is the world's first dual-core SoC with integrated Wi-Fi, FM-radio, GPS and Bluetooth that's targeted at the entry-level segment of the smartphone market, the company said on Thursday.The heart of the MT6572 is a...
(1 month and 16 days ago)
Want to find out what's next in smartphones, tablets and PCs? The latest trends in hardware will be on display at the giant Computex trade show, which kicks off in Taipei next week. Computex is a treasure chest for hardware lovers, providing a glimpse of technologies that are vying to shape the next wave in computing. Smaller Windows tablets, faster chips and new styles of...
(20 days ago)
NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Intel may finally have a big "in" when it comes to getting its processors inside Android devices. To date, it had been primarily ARM-technology- based processors that have been powered millions of Android devices. According Reuters, an upcoming Samsung tablet, running Google's Android operating system, will contain a next generation, x86-computer-based...
(18 days ago)
ARM has a problem - Cortex-A9 is old and the new Cortex-A15 cores just can't seem to make it to the market (the Exynos 5 Octa and Tegra 4 both have issues getting on shipping devices). The company just announced an interim solution, the Cortex-A12. It offers a 40% performance increase over the A9 and should bring some power saving to the table too. It supports big.LITTLE...
(15 days ago)
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