When you think business, you think ThinkPad. And their X1 series of devices represent some of the best no-frills laptop experiences in the world. This year, Lenovo’s making them even better than before.
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Lenovo has introduced its new Lenovo Tab 4 series in Malaysia which are designed to deliver a great multimedia experience for the whole family. Both are LTE enabled and they come with dual-stereo speakers that are enhanced with Dolby Atmos audio.
To drive the point home, Apple has released a commercial about a life of a young student and her iPad Pro with LTE connectivity. With the iPad Pro and iOS 11, Apple believes a post-PC world is closer than you think.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro has pretty much been the gold standard for detachable 2-in-1 laptops. Its combination of performance, portability and premium good looks are hard to beat. But what if you wanted more. What if the top spec Surface Pro with an Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage is too pedestrian for you?
Fear not, young grasshopper, HP’s got you covered with the brand new ZBook x2. It’s bananas.
Looking for a compact tablet for multimedia use? Huawei Malaysia is introducing the MediaPad M3 Lite and it is more affordable than its current MediaPad M3. It has an 8″ display, dual speakers and it even supports 4G LTE.
Caterpillar, the maker of heavy machinery and also rugged phones has just introduced their first ever rugged tablet at IFA 2017. It runs on Windows 10 and it is designed for extreme environments to withstand dust, water, vibration and hard drops.
Tablets shipments are continuing to slow down but the good news is that it’s now declining at a lower rate. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker report for Q2 2017, a total of 37.9 million units were shipped in the last quarter which is a slight drop of 3.4% year-over-year. A year ago, overall tablet shipments had dropped by 12.3% from 44.1 million units in Q2 2015 to 38.7 million in Q2 2016.
Interestingly, despite the shrinking numbers, the top tablet brands including Apple, Samsung and Huawei have held their places pretty well in the last quarter.
As smartphones continue to grow, the tablet segment has been on a decline for the past few years. The iPad which was first introduced in 2010 is also having a slowdown in sales since 2014. With consumers getting comfortable with larger screen smartphones, it seems that the slate form factor is slowly becoming redundant.
Surprisingly, Apple has just posted its first quarterly growth for the iPad year-over-year since late 2013 with a total of 11.42 million iPads sold in the last fiscal quarter.
YouTube is updating their kid-friendly app, YouTube Kids with a new feature that’ll help those in areas with spotty mobile internet connections. Although that seems to be the primary use for this new feature, we think this could also help parents better curate the content their children watch.