The new Microsoft Surface 2 will go on sale in Malaysia this Friday on 14th March. It will be priced at RM1,399 for the 32GB version and RM1,699 for the larger 64GB capacity unit. In terms of specs, the Surface 2 runs on a Windows RT 8.1 and is powered by a Nvidia Tegra 4 (T40) 1.7GHz Quad-Core processor mated to 2GB of RAM. It comes with a 10.6″ screen that does Full HD 1920×1080 pixels resolution and boasts a battery life with 10 hours of usage.
Along with the new Surface 2, Microsoft Malaysia is also bringing in their latest Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 which are priced at RM379 and RM409 respectively.
Meanwhile, the previous generation Surface RT has been slashed to RM1,199 for the 64GB version while the Surface Pro with 128GB storage is now priced at RM1,899. Its smaller storage capacity models appears to have been discontinued. Pricing for the original Touch Cover and Type Cover has been revised as well to RM279 and RM319 respectively. If you’re not looking for the latest, the Surface Pro 128GB model seems to be a rather good buy right now.
If you’re looking for a real portable laptop replacement, you should consider the Surface Pro 2 which runs on a full fledged Windows 8.1. That comes with a Intel Core i5 processor with a choice of either 4GB and 8GB of RAM with storage capacity up to 512GB. There’s no word on its pricing and availability at the moment.
At the centre of the ThinkPad 8 is an 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display (272 ppi) that is not as pixel-dense as an iPad mini with Retina display but should still be sharp enough its intended use.
On the inside, you get a sturdy aluminium frame construction with a 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Atom Bay Trail processor mated to 2GB of RAM and the option of 32, 64 or 128GB of onboard storage. There are also an array of ports and slots including a micro HDMI port and a USB 3.0 port making it possible for you to connect the ThinkPad 8 to a monitor and a keyboard and mouse for example. On top of that you get an 8MP rear camera with flash and a variant that supports 4G LTE connectivity.
The ThinkPad 8 goes on sale in the US later this month starting from US$399. No word on whether the device will be coming to Malaysia at the moment.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokia’s first ever tablet and it ain’t holding back when it comes to dissing the competition. With its new ad, it directly mocks its main competition that’s as “thin as a pencil” urging audience to think if they bought the right tablet.
Aimed at road warriors that wants to reduce the bulk of a laptop, the ad shows off the Lumia 2520 advantage of running Windows 8 RT with Microsoft Office and its physical keyboard that doubles up as an extra battery pack. No doubt the advantage of having Microsoft Office & keyword is a clear win for doing work on the go but the iPad still leads when it comes to entertainment/games with its wide variety of apps.
Watch the ad after the break.
Nokia has just announced the Lumia 2520, its first attempt in the tablet category that runs on Windows RT 8.1. In terms of design, the Lumia 2520 tablet follows the experience of its current colourful poly-carbonate Lumia smart phones and it comes with a choice of 4 striking colours – Red, Cyan, Black and White. While tablets are moving towards smaller sized 7″-8″ dimensions, Nokia went with a bigger 10.1″ IPS display that boasts a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 with a claimed viewing angle of 180 degrees. The display also illuminates a rather bright 650 nits, making it rather usable in outdoor conditions.
In terms of processing power, you won’t be disappointed with its top of the line 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, similar to its current flagship Lumia 1520 smart phone. On-board it comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded with additional 32GB via microSD.
For taking photos and videos, the Lumia 2520 comes with a 6.7MP camera mated with ZEISS optics, a first for tablets. It also comes with a microSIM slot that supports 4G LTE connectivity as well. At the sides, there’s a micro HDMI port and a wider micro USB 3.0 port that’s similar to the one found on the Galaxy Note 3.
Despite having a generous 8,000mAh battery, it still manages to maintain a respectably slim 8.9mm thickness and weighs 615 grams. As comparison, the current 4th gen iPad with Retina Display is 9.4mm thick and 652 grams heavy.
Will this be a game changer? As the first tablet for Nokia, the specs on paper looks promising but the Windows RT operating system has yet to prove itself as a compelling platform.
Head after the break for the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet promo videos and photos.
Nokia is working on a large format smartphone and it plans to reveal the device in September a report in Reuters has revealed citing a source “familiar with the plan”. Along with the 6-inch Lumia, Nokia is also planning to announce a tablet based on Windows RT.
Meanwhile, Windows Phone Central say that its sources has confirmed that the 6-inch Lumia will feature a 1080p display, a quad-core processor and a 20MP camera (likely to be similar to the one featured on the Lumia 1020). The device will be thin with a hump at the back to accommodate a large camera sensor.
The event is planned to happen across two days from September 26 to 27. We have no doubt that Nokia can build magnificent hardware and services to support the hardware (the Smart Camera app is great, Here is a better experience than Apple’s Maps) but we’re still wondering if sticking with Microsoft is the right move.
Check out Microsoft’s latest ad for Windows 8. In this one, Microsoft wants to tell you that a Windows 8 computer is way better than an iPad but must it always be this way?
From Nokia to Samsung to Microsoft, why are brands so preoccupied with Apple? From a competitor, these types of ad elevate Apple to a higher status. It’s like Apple products are the gold standard. If a product is not directly compared to something Apple, it doesn’t have a reason to exist. Yes, Apple makes amazing products but it doesn’t mean no one else can make amazing products as well.
The Yoga is a great enough hybrid computer and it doesn’t need an Apple product to justify its existence.
So brands, please stop comparing yourself with Apple in ads, it’s getting lame, and at the end of the day, Apple wins.
Nokia said on its official blog that it will be revealing something big and aside from the time and location — London, 9am which is 4pm Malaysia time — there’s really not much for us to bite into. Or is there.
Well for one there is the Nokia Lumia 625 that’s rumoured to feature a 4.7-inch screen. If this is true, then the still unconfirmed Lumia 625 will have the biggest screen on a Windows Phone ever. The Lumis 625 is expected to be a budget phone with its low-res 4.7-inch 800×400-pixel display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM and a 5MP camera. That could be the something big that Nokia is talking about.
The other big thing would be a Windows 8-based tablet that we saw on the internet a few weeks back. Earlier leaks suggests that the Nokia Windows 8 tablet will be based on the much-ignored RT version rather than the full OS that can run desktop applications.
Whatever it is, the event is happening in less than in less than 2 hours, so we’ll find out soon enough.
The Acer Iconia W3 tablet with full Windows 8 OS is now available in Malaysia. Weighing just half a kilo with a thickness of 11.35mm, the Iconia W3 is dubbed as a tablet which offers desktop computing that fits in a single hand thanks to its compact 8.1″ form factor.
Powering the device is an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and its 8.1″ touch screen display pushes a WXGA resolution of 1280×800. Juicing up the device is a 6,800mAh battery that lasts up to 8 hours. It also comes with the connectivity necessities such as Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, 802.11b/g/n, micro-HDMI, micro-USB and dual 2MP cameras for front and back.
To compliment the Iconia W3′s full Windows experience, Acer is pre-installing Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 worth RM399.99 which includes your productivity applications such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint & OneNote. For those wanting a full sized keyboard, there’s an optional Bluetooth keyboard which doubles up as a tablet docking stand.
The Iconia W3 is now available nationwide at RM1,199 for the 32GB version without the keyboard. It’s bigger 64GB model with the accompanying keyboard will be offered later towards the end of the month but there’s no pricing details for it so far. If you need more power, Acer has a larger 11.6″ Aspire P3 tablet that starts from RM1,799.
Head after the break for the Iconia W3 promo video.
Nokia doesn’t have a tablet in its product line up at the moment and Nokia needs a tablet in its product lineup. And considering Espoo is fully invested in Windows it’s a given that the Nokia tablet will be running Windows but its amazing that Nokia is taking so long to come up with one.
All we have are these pictures of what may or may not be an upcoming Windows 8 tablet from Nokia. And, it may run the useless RT version of Windows 8 instead of the full-blown and much more useful Windows 8. Let’s hope Nokia drops the RT idea and just focused on a solid Windows 8 tablet akin to the Microsoft Surface. Perhaps even one with an amazing 41MP camera on it.
Other rumours spec includes a 10-inch display, a Tegra 3 processor, HDMI and USB ports, a SIM slot and a charger that connects to the device using magnets similar to the one on the Surface. Like all rumours, there’s no official word on this so this may or may not the real deal.
At Samsung’s event yesterday, the ATIV lineup took centre stage with a range of laptops, All-In-One as well as convertible tablet-notebook hybrids. For those needing full productivity in a compact form factor, Samsung has announced the ATIV Q convertible hybrid tablet and ATIV Tab 3 tablet which both runs on Windows 8.
The ATIV Q is convertible device and like the Acer Aspire R7, it comes with a flexible hinge which lets you transform from notebook productivity mode and all the way to full tablet mode in 4 different stages. The 13.3″ touch screen display is its main highlight with a QHD+ resolution of 3200×1800 giving a massive pixel density of 275ppi.
Powering the device is a Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board SSD storage. It comes with a 720p HD camera, 2 USB ports (1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0), HDMI port and a micro SD slot. There’s a RJ45 port which is extended with a separate dongle. Overall, the ATIV Q weighs just 1.29kg with a thickness of just 13.9mm, making it one of the thinnest in its class. The ATIV Q offers the best of both worlds with instant switching between Android and Windows 8 environment.