ASUS considering Windows Phone 8 including Padfone model

 Posted by  Comments Off on ASUS considering Windows Phone 8 including Padfone model
Jan 172013
 
ASUS

Things are looking for the Windows Phone 8 operating system. According to The Wall Street Journal, ASUS is the latest manufacturer to be considering making devices powered by Microsoft’s mobile operating system. Benson Lin, corporate vice president of mobile communication products confirmed that ASUS is currently engaged in licensing discussions with Microsoft. “There is no target timeline… but we are interested in making Windows phones.”

Lin also revealed that ASUS proposed to Microsoft to develop a Padfone device powered by Windows 8. The current ASUS Padfone 2 is an Android-powered smartphone that docks into a tablet accessory. “With our Padfone concept, the phone plus tablet, I think it makes sense for Windows 8,” Mr. Lin said.

Given that Microsoft offers Windows Phone 8 for smartphones and Windows 8 for tablets and PCs, it will be interesting to see how the Padfone would work. Could it use Windows Phone 8 in smartphone mode and switch to Windows 8 when docked? Or will ASUS wait for the rumoured Windows Blue release which is supposed to bring Windows 8 to smaller-screens?

The report adds that ASUS is currently also in discussion with U.S. carriers to bring its phones to the U.S. perhaps as early as next year.

Read more: The Wall Street Journal

LG to unveil Tab-Book hybrid tablet-notebook device at CES 2013

 Posted by  Comments Off on LG to unveil Tab-Book hybrid tablet-notebook device at CES 2013
Dec 282012
 
LG Tab-Book

LG has taken the unusual step of announcing its new 2013 PC lineup ahead of CES 2013. The new devices will be on display at the show, including the LG Tab-Book, a hybrid tablet-notebook device.

“This year, we are introducing several innovative PCs designed with one goal in mind — to meet the needs and desires of consumers in an environment which is quickly transitioning to touchscreens,” said Il-geun Kwon, Senior Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit at the LG Home Entertainment Company. “At CES, LG will be displaying a diverse PC lineup, truly deserving of the next generation moniker.”

Powered by Windows 8, the LG Tab-Book will look like a typical if slightly larger tablet with an 11.6-inch display. 15.9 millimeters thick, a QWERTY keyboard is concealed in the tablet and slides out from underneath the screen when needed. It will also come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an HDMI output, a USB port and a microSD slot. It will weigh 1.05 kilograms.

Two variants will be available. The LG Tab-Book (H160) will come with an unspecified processor while the Tab-Book Ultra (Z160) will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor.

More detailed specifications, pricing and availability were not announced but all should be revealed at CES 2013.

LG will also show off the Windows 8-powered LG Z360 Ultrabook with a Full HD display and the LG All-In-One (AIO) V325 with a 23-inch touchscreen display.

Read more: LG

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets priced (Updated)

 Posted by  Comments Off on Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets priced (Updated)
Nov 292012
 

Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 ProMicrosoft today announced availability and pricing details for its upcoming Surface with Windows 8 Pro tablet [product information]. Unlike the Microsoft Surface RT [product information], this version will be powered by an Intel Core i5 processor and Windows 8 Pro.

The Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro will be available starting in January 2013 in either 64GB or 128GB configurations. The 64GB will sell for US$899 and the 128GB one for US$999. Both versions will come with a Surface pen with Palm Block technology. Accessories including the Touch Cover and Type Cover will be sold separately. In comparison, the Windows RT version starts at US$499 and comes with an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor and 32GB of storage.

Unlike the Surface RT, the Surface with Windows 8 Pro will run current Windows 7 desktop applications.

Microsoft will announce more specific availability dates in the coming weeks.

Update: According to Microsoft’s @Surface Twitter account, the Surface Pro will have “approximately half” the battery life of the Surface RT. Despite having a larger battery, it will have a more powerful processor and a higher resolution display, both of which will consume more power. With the Surface RT battery life coming in at about 8 hours, we can expect that of the Surface with Windows 8 Pro to come in at about 4 hours.

Read more: The Official Microsoft Blog and @Surface [via Twitter]

Video: Windows 8 Live Tile promotion from Norway

 Posted by  Comments Off on Video: Windows 8 Live Tile promotion from Norway
Nov 092012
 

Microsoft could spend over US$1.5 billion over the coming months to promote Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. It held a number of splashy events to mark the launch of both operating systems and the hype will continue for a while yet. Microsoft Norway came up with an innovative way to promote the concept of live tiles in a recent promotion on the streets of Oslo. Rather than trying to explain it, here is the video:

It may not be the most effective way of explaining what Live Tiles are all about but it certainly looks like everyone had fun, even those recovering after a wall fell around them!

Read more: Neowin (Source: Mike Temporale [via Twitter])

Rogers announces Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup

 Posted by  Comments Off on Rogers announces Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup
Oct 192012
 

Rogers CommunicationsRogers today announced its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 device lineup for the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s new operating systems. Rogers had already announced some of these devices but others are new.

Across all Windows 8 devices, you’ll now have a complete cross-platform experience making it easier to switch between devices to easily access your best friend’s phone number from your tablet, grab your photos from last night’s party from your PC or quickly email your late assignment from your smartphone. Windows Phone 8 also includes great features such as multi-core processing, improved display resolutions, NFC, microSD storage expansion, and lenses for getting creative with your pictures.

Rogers will offer the following devices:

  • Nokia Lumia 920: Offered exclusively from Rogers in black
  • Samsung ATIV S
  • Windows Phone 8X by HTC: Available either as a Blue 16GB or exclusively as a Black 8GB model
  • Samsung ATIV Smart PC: Available exclusively to Rogers customers

Rogers also announced a suite of exclusive applications for the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 platforms. These include:

  • Rogers My Account on Windows 8 tablets: To manage your wireless account
  • Rogers Anyplace TV Live for Windows Phone 8 and Rogers Anyplace TV (on demand) for Windows 8 Tablets: Featuring live games, news and channels such as Citytv, CBC, Teletoon, and Family Channel
  • Rogers One Number for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 Tablet

Rogers did not specify specific availability and pricing details but expect these details shortly as Windows 8 launches on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 on October 29th.

Rogers also announced it will be “the preferred Canadian wireless partner for the launch of Windows 8” thanks to its alliance with Microsoft.

Read more: Rogers

Video: Microsoft Windows 8 ads leak ahead of launch

 Posted by  Comments Off on Video: Microsoft Windows 8 ads leak ahead of launch
Oct 102012
 

Microsoft will launch Windows 8 on October 26th. A number of Microsoft ads for the latest version of its operating system have now leaked ahead of the event. Obtained by Israel-based website Techit.co.il, the ads focus on the new tile-based interface and tablets. Four ads are available; here are two of them:

With the ads emphasizing the touchscreen interface, Microsoft also reminds users that everything also be done with the mouse and keyboard.

Read more: Techit.co.il (in Hebrew) [Google translation] (Source: Neowin)

Windows Phone 8 pre-orders to start on October 21st?

 Posted by  Comments Off on Windows Phone 8 pre-orders to start on October 21st?
Oct 092012
 

Microsoft Windows PhoneAt least one U.S. carrier is set to begin to take Windows Phone 8 pre-orders as early as October 21st. The Verge has learned that AT&T will start taking pre-orders for its range of Windows Phone 8 devices on that date. The pre-orders could also extend to new Windows RT devices such as the Asus Vivo Tab RT.

It’s not clear when AT&T will begin to ship pre-orders. Many Windows Phone 8 devices are not expected to hit the street until early to mid-November.

So far, we know that that AT&T will offer the Nokia Lumia 920 (as a U.S. exclusive) and the Windows PHone 8X by HTC.

It remains to be seen if Canadian carriers (and other U.S. carriers) will also start taking pre-orders on October 21st.

Microsoft will officially launch Windows 8 on October 26th and Windows Phone 8 on October 29th.

Read more: The Verge

HP announces HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 tablet

 Posted by  Comments Off on HP announces HP ElitePad 900 Windows 8 tablet
Oct 012012
 

HP ElitePad 900Hewlett-Packard today announced its first Windows 8 tablet. The HP ElitePad 900 is aimed at the business and government sectors rather than the consumer one.

“Businesses used to face a tough purchase decision: How to find a product that will delight employees and help them be more productive, while also making sure IT can secure and manage it,” said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Printing and Personal Systems, HP. “The HP ElitePad meets all those tests. It combines the great style and user experience consumers demand with the features IT requires.”

HP has not fully detailed the specifications of the HP ElitePad 900 but here is what we know so far:

  • Processor: Intel Clover Trail
  • Operating system: Windows 8
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen, pen-based input
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: Up to 64GB SSD and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: Yes
  • Dimensions / weight: 9.2 millimeters thick / 680 grams
  • Other: HP ElitePad Smart Jackets with different connectivity options and an additional ultra-slim battery

HP’s ElitePad Smart Jackets come in two flavours. The HP HP ElitePad Productivity Jacket comes with an integrated keyboard, connectivity ports, SD card reader and adjustable viewing angles. The HP ElitePad Expansion Jacket adds USB, HDMI and other connectivity options.

The HP ElitePad 900 will not be available until January 2013. Specificic availability and pricing information will be announced closer its launch.

Read more: Hewlett-Packard

Microsoft to hold Windows 8 launch event on October 25th

 Posted by  Comments Off on Microsoft to hold Windows 8 launch event on October 25th
Sep 172012
 

Microsoft has already confirmed that Windows 8 will launch on October 26th. It has now sent out press invitations for a press event to take place the day before. It will take place in New York City.

Microsoft Windows 8 launch event

No additional details are provided.

The next day, Windows 8 will be available on both new computers as well as an upgrade. Among the new devices will be Microsoft’s Surface tablet.

Read more: BGR

Samsung trademarks Ativ Tab and Ativ S brand names

 Posted by  Comments Off on Samsung trademarks Ativ Tab and Ativ S brand names
Aug 282012
 

Samsung’s branding for upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphones and Windows 8 tablets may have been revealed. The company recently registered two new brand names: Ative Tab and Ativ S, giving us a hint as to what it may have in mind.

Samsung Ativ S and Tab logos

It may use the Ativ brand much as it already uses the Galaxy name for its Android devices. The Ativ brand name would identify devices powered by Microsoft’s latest operating systems. The ‘S’ and ‘Tab’ designations would then further help distinguish smartphones from tablets.

Samsung is expected to launch a number of Windows Phone 8 smartphones, including the Odyssey and Marco, along with a number of Windows 8 tablets and PCs this fall.

Read more: Justia and Trademarkia (Source: Engadget)

Microsoft Windows 8 hits RTM milestone

 Posted by  Comments Off on Microsoft Windows 8 hits RTM milestone
Aug 012012
 

MicrosoftMicrosoft today announced that Windows 8 has hit a major milestone on the way to its October 26th release. Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing (RTM):

This means we’ve completed the product development and testing of the product and have started handing off the final code to our OEM partners. They can now begin preparing new Windows 8 PCs and devices they’ll introduce starting with General Availability.

Microsoft also announced that the final version of Windows 8 will be available to developers through MSDN on August 15th. Availability for other groups will continue through August.

New PCs with Windows 8 will be out as early as October 26th (including the Microsoft Surface for Windows RT). Users running PCs with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 for US$39.99. More recent PC purchases will also qualify for an upgrade for US$14.99.

Read more: Microsoft

Microsoft: Windows 8 to launch on October 26th

 Posted by  Comments Off on Microsoft: Windows 8 to launch on October 26th
Jul 182012
 

MicrosoftEarlier this month, Microsoft announced that Windows 8 would launch in October. It has now narrowed that down to a specific day. Window 8 (not to be confused with Windows Phone 8) will hit the street on October 26th. It will be available to customers either on new PCs or as an upgrade.

Aside from the slew of new desktops and notebooks you can expect to see announced, we will also be able to get our hands on tablets running either Windows 8 with Intel processors or Windows RT with ARM-based processors.

Microsoft has yet to provide a specific release date for Windows Phone 8. A fall release is as specific as Microsoft has gotten to date. Could it happen at the same time as the Windows 8 launch?

Read more: Microsoft

Windows 8 to RTM first week of August and launch in late October

 Posted by  Comments Off on Windows 8 to RTM first week of August and launch in late October
Jul 092012
 

MicrosoftMicrosoft today confirmed that Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August. It will then hit stores in late October along with the first devices to run the operating system. The announcement came today at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference taking place in Toronto, Canada. It is the most specific timeline Microsoft has given yet for the release.

RTM means that Microsoft will have completed the coding of Windows 8 and will turn over the operating system to its partners for them to load onto their new devices. Any subsequent changes will need to be released likely as patches or feature packs.

Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8 intended primarily for tablets, is expected to launch at the same time.

Read more: The Verge

Computex 2012: ASUS announces Windows 8 Tablet 810 and Windows RT Tablet 600

 Posted by  Comments Off on Computex 2012: ASUS announces Windows 8 Tablet 810 and Windows RT Tablet 600
Jun 082012
 

ASUS this week unveiled two new Windows tablet devices at Computex. The ASUS Tablet 810 will run the upcoming Windows 8 and the ASUS Tablet 600 will run Windows RT. Both will bring the concept (if not the brand name) introduced with its Transformer tablets to the Windows world.

ASUS did not reveal all the specifications about its tablets but here is what we know so far:

ASUS Tablet 810ASUS Tablet 810 specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Atom
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows 8
  • Cellular connectivity: TBD
  • Other connectivity: NFC
  • Display: 11.6-inch 1366×768 Super IPS+
  • Input: 10-point multitouch, Wacom digitizer stylus
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Connectors: Micro-HDMI
  • Dimensions: 8.7 millimeter thick
  • Other: SonicMaster audio technology

ASUS Tablet 600ASUS Tablet 600 specifications:

  • Processor: Quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows RT
  • Cellular connectivity: TBD
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • Display: 10.1-inch 1366×768 Super IPS+
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen
  • Memory: 2GB RAM
  • Storage: 32GB onboard and microSD cards
  • Rear-facing camera: 8MP AF with LED flash
  • Front-facing camera: 2MP
  • Connectors: Micro-HDMI

Like ASUS’s Transformer tablets, both come with an optional Mobile Dock accessory. It transforms the tablets into a compact notebook, complete with a full QWERTY keyboard, multi-touch touchpad, and additional battery. Both also add additional USB ports, one in the case of the 600 and two for the 810.

ASUS did not announce pricing and availability. With Windows 8 expected before the end of the year, it is possible that we will see these in time for the holidays.

Read more: ASUS

Rumour: Microsoft blocking HTC from building Windows tablets

 Posted by  Comments Off on Rumour: Microsoft blocking HTC from building Windows tablets
Jun 072012
 

HTCHTC appears unlikely to be among the manufacturers to release a Windows 8 tablet later this year. Rather than HTC deciding to pass on the upcoming operating system, Bloomberg has learned that it was Microsoft that opted not to work with HTC. Microsoft is working closely with the manufacturers that will launch ARM-based Windows RT devices to ensure quality.

Microsoft’s decision was apparently based on the fact that HTC sales volumes are not high enough and that it has little experience making tablets. It’s not clear if HTC’s focus on Android and only a few Windows Phone devices may have influenced this decision. The relationship between the two companies was much stronger in the past but that is changing with Microsoft focused on its partnership with Nokia.

HTC wanted to customize the home screen much as it does with HTC Sense on its Android devices. It remains to be seen if partners that Microsoft is working with will be allowed to do something similar.

The report adds that HTC could still release Windows devices as part of a second wave of devices sometime next year.

Read more: Bloomberg