The world of technology has evolved at a very rapid rate. There are several changes which have made the world look a lot smarter in every way possible. The major contribution to this positive evolution has come from companies of the class of ASUS. The company of ASUS has managed to prove to the entire world that, they got introduced to the market to stay. There are several products which the company has launched. The company is most known for the excellent range of mother boards and tablet personal computers. The company has introduced the new series of slate which has been appreciated by the entire world. People from all parts of the world have praised the products in various surveys. It is not for nothing that the great company of Asus is considered a leader in the domain of tablet personal computers by many in more ways than one.
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LG Electronics had recently declared the launch of its latest creation, the LG G-Slate Tablet PC. This gadget has all the armaments that make a great Tablet PC. Some of the features in this system include the latest Android Operating System, a dual camera, 32 GB of in-built memory space, GSM 850/900/1800/1900/ UMTS 900, 1700/2100/2100 MHz network operating frequency, java compatibility, an inbuilt 3D graphics card, 4G network support, Google maps 5.0 with 3D and GPS.
The specifications of the LG G-Slate Tablet PC include a TFT capacitive touch screen, high resolution, LCD display, camera resolutions of 2592×1944 on the front and rear cameras, digital zoom features and inbuilt Gtalk application. In addition to this, it has MP3, AAC, AAC+ and AMR format audio file support, with video support of MP4, H 263 and H 264 formats, along with social networking applications such as facebook. It provides SMS, MMS and email support, along with Instant Messenger and Java integrated into it. It runs on an Android v3.0 operating system, and supports Google Ebooks and Tablet PC optimized Gmail. It has a universal 3.5 mm audio jack, with a High speed USB v2.0 port and supports Micro SD and SDHC memory cards.
LG, in addition to selling its latest tablet PCs in the US, has also planned to ship versions without 4G support to countries outside the country. Sources within the company had said that the company has planned to release the Wi-Fi and 3G supported models of its Google Honeycomb G-Slate tablet to the United Kingdom as well as other countries. The LG has revealed the 4G version of the G-Slate Tablet PC in the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, held in Las Vegas this year. This latest gadget from the house of LG had been designed for T-Mobile in the Unites States.
LG has detracted from selling its 4G models outside the US due to the fact that 4G is not available anywhere in the world, except in the US. LG has reported that its 4G model can deliver download speeds of up to 21 Mbps. By releasing different versions of its tablet PC, LG has taken a leaf out of Apple’s campaign. Apple’s iPad is available in different versions; while one has 3G, the other version is Wi-Fi enabled. This way, there are various versions of Apple’s single product, which is why it has become popular. LG aims to mimic the success of Apple with its G-Slate Tablet PC, but only time can tell how its new plans go. For the time being, LG has not yet revealed specific release dates for its tablet PC. It is slated to release further details in the Mobile World Congress that is going to take place between 14th and 17th February in Barcelona, Spain.
As per the market rumors, Microsoft is planning to launch Windows slate by Christmas this year. They are planning to throw a big competition for apple’s iPad. It is interesting to see a new slate device from the software giant as they are popular for great innovations in the technology. Apple’s iPad is getting popular day by day and it is selling 5 million units per quarter that is big headache for Microsoft. So, now Microsoft decided to launch Windows 7 based slates this year to stay in the tablet computer market.
Earlier in this year, Microsoft chairman Mr. Bill gates told that Microsoft is undertaking a lot of tablet computer project. One of the projects is an innovative combination of the dual screen book with stylus and finger input. Microsoft is working very hard for a new tablet book to produce an answer to Apple’s iPad. There is one more big worry for Microsoft; they saw a 2% fall in recent US trading. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said earlier this year at London school of Economics “you will see the tablet and you will find that it has everything that you want from a computer”. He also said that they are very close to launch and finally are going to launch it by Christmas this year. They unveiled the Windows slate on October 11 this year also.
The desktop and laptop manufacture giant HP is also working closely on consumer friendly tablet computer based on Windows 7. These tablets are much more similar with the HP touch smart PCs. But the project is shelved, and they now acquired Palm operating system. They also started working with the Palm web OS.
It will be interesting to see whether Microsoft is changing the operating system or continue with the Windows 7. In a recent report Mr. Ballmer said that you will see a touch screen optimization in Windows 7. Every one including Microsoft is looking forward to this Windows slate; it will add more reputation to the company and become a bigger competitor for apple’s iPad. It is hoped that the Windows slate will have an optimized version of Windows and will not flunk like their smart phones.
The ExoPc is a Slate PC that comes with a multi-touch user interface along with the Windows 7 as Operating System. The Multi-Touch user interface delivers an amazing experience to user when it comes to play games, browse the web watch TV and movies, listen to music, read the news, read books and magazines, organize your photos, download apps, view RSS feeds, access real-time weather, create and edit spreadsheets, author documentsetc.
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
- UI Layer: ExoPC UI Layer
- App Store: Yes
- Multi-touch: Capacitive dual-touch, Pressure sensitive
- Display: 11.6 inches
- Resolution: 1366 x 768, 135 pixels per inch
- RAM (installed / max.): 2GB / 2GB DDR2
- Processor: Intel Atom Pineview-M N450 1.66 GHz – 64 bit support
- Graphics: Intel GMA 3150 BROADCOM Crystal HD 1080p
- Storage: SSD 32GB or 64GB
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR
- Ports: USB 2.0 x2, Audio jack, Mini-HDMI, Dock
- Card reader: SD/SDHC 32GB Max
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Light sensor: Yes
- Webcam: 1.3 MP
- Microphone: Yes
- Speaker : Built-in 2 x 1.5W
- Battery: 4 hours
- Dimensions: 295 x 195 x 14.0 mm
- Weight: 950 g
Features of ExoPC:
- New digital experience: Spacious screen, multi-tasking and instant on.
- The web without compromise: Ultra-fast scrolling, full support of all formats including Flash and Silverlight.
- Electronic books: Store and read electronic books in any format.
- TV and video: Watch videocasts, live web television, music videos and movies.
- Music and Radio: Listen to your music or radio from around the world with your headphones or the integrated speakers.
- Stroboscopic keyboard: The stroboscopic effect gives an efficient visual feedback to reduce typing errors, and the keyboard layouts allows quick input with ten fingers or thumbs only.
As after the launch of iPad many well known IT companies have jumped into the field of slates, so has HP. All though these companies are producing slate even way before when the idea of the iPad was conceived, yet iPad has set a top notch market value.
News about HP
This time there is news in the market that HP is introducing a rival of iPad soon. This machine would definitely be powered by Windows 7 but it still remains a question that what would be heart of the machine. The processor chip that would power this slate is still unknown. This remains as an important issue because Intel has a big world of processors.
Choice of the Processor
The range of Intel processors starts from Inter Atom processor, then come the low power Inter Core processors like Core 2 Dou and Core 2 Quad and then comes the big daddy series of Intel’s best design that is based on the “Nehalem” architecture that is commonly known as Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. The Intel Atom chips have a only single core processor. They can handle a number of tasks from moderate work load to some real heavy jobs. And the a lot more powerful processors the Core 2 and i versions using 2 processors blast their way through everything. HP has been very careful in the case of not revealing their processor information of the latest slate. The hierarchy of HP has refused to answer any questions in this regard. So for now, it can be only be guessed that which processor will become the heart of the machine.
CTO @ HP
Chief Technology Officer of HP’s Personal Systems group tells about the latest HP slate in the video released last month, “North of what a Smartphone is, smaller than a Netbook and notebook. Something thin and light but allowing (consumers) to have that rich media experience. They can do everything on that one device versus having to carry a variety of devices. I want to browse, I want to watch my movies, I want to be able to listen to my music, I want to read magazines and books.”
More about the Atom
The Inter Atom processor in the market is already doing a great job in netbooks present in the market. The only problem is that they still don’t give that refined performance and sometime are a bit slickly. This problem is shared by the new version of the Atom processor, the “Pine Trail”. But there is something new coming up from the Intel’s womb. It is the Moorestown Atom processor.
The low powered version of the Core processors are about to power a new range of laptops arriving this month. But it is still a question that these processors are good enough to work for the tablet devices or not. Whatever processor HP chooses from, they have to extremely careful as Apple is upgrading their iPad with an A4 processors and the Apple’s OS is already known to deliver extreme and high end performance. Good luck HP!
It was not expected that Apple would launch the iPad, so early. This launch has quickly left a great impact on the industry. Apple crossed the bar of selling 3 million slates this year. This has given Apple a big market share and a really huge success. It has shaken a new ecosystem for softwares that would run on a newly emerged type of device called “slates”.
Microsoft Goes Sloppy
It was in May 2010, that Microsoft has folded its Mac Business Unit in Microsoft Office group. This was part of the restructuring that was the result of the high level changes that happened in the company when President Robbie Bach and Chief Experience Officer J Allard departed.
The question is where Microsoft was when all this fantasy for iPad was high up in the air. Most probably it was working with a defensive strategy. There have been a few but big set backs for the company. Their biggest partnership that was with HP to produce Windows 7 based slates seems to drown. HP has put a hold on producing these devices and is favoring to buy Palm and is planning to follow the WebOS track for the consumer based tablets.
Still there are a lot of hopes that HP will produce its slates based on Windows 7 and Microsoft’s partnership would remain intact. But still its difficult to claim any success of these slates in the market place although one can easily perceive the high level of functionalities with a full fledge PC operating system scaled for the slates.
More Setbacks for Microsoft
Another set back for Microsoft has come from with in. It has cancelled its most fantastic tablet project named as the Courier. It is now focusing to work on its mobile strategy for slates. Microsoft is going way to vague. It is simultaneously working on two technologies that have a great conflict. First is refining Windows 7 to work on slates based on the Intel Atom processor and the second is to refresh the technology of the older Windows CE and introduce Windows Compact Embedded 7.
Such decisions of Microsoft are hurting it at the highest level. This is directly conflicting with Windows Phone 7 OS which from its name proves to be an OS designed for slates. Microsoft is not encouraging its partner organizations to use the new phone based OS for their slates. This has resulted in the cancelation of Asus’ partnerships with Microsoft to produce a Windows Compact Embedded 7 based tablets and now have opted for Google Android to power their machines.
The only thing that can save Microsoft is go in the home of Apple and beat it right there. Microsoft should bring back its Mac Business Unit team and start making apps for iOS. Yes! They should port their Office to iOS so that users don’t have to go through 3rd party apps to view their Office files. It can give a full fledged Bing app for iOS that uses Microsoft web properties for the slate. It should also optimize hotmail for its mobile platforms like Safari. And other great set back can be developing an Internet Explorer for iOS. And believe me it is going give a big tough time to Apple.