Samsung has seen Google
and Amazon's best efforts
at selling super-cheap tablets and it's apparently getting ready to do them one better. According to the latest rumors from SamMobile
is planning to release a new tablet next year called the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite
that it will sell for a mere €100 (USD $135), making it by far the cheapest Samsung tablet ever released. There's no information available yet on the rumored tablet's specifications although SamMobile
expects them to be "respectable" because Samsung is releasing both a Wi-Fi-only version and 3G cellular version of the device. No release date has been confirmed although it does sound like it would be a good candidate to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
You know the big, bright, beautiful displays in Samsung
smartphones that people just can't get enough of? At least two new Samsung tablets set to launch in 2014 will feature similar screens. Korean-language technology news site Naver
on Friday reported that Samsung is developing two new tablets with displays that use AMOLED technology just like the screens on popular smartphones such as the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3
. The report claims Samsung will release both an 8-inch tablet and a 10-inch tablet with AMOLED displays, and one of them might launch alongside the highly anticipated Galaxy S5
early next year. The new AMOLED screens will reportedly be available only in high-end Samsung tablets and the company will continue to use LCD panels in its entry-level and mid-range tablet lineup.
The iPad Air
may very well be the hottest gift for holiday shoppers this year. Localytics saw a surge
in iPad Air use over Black Friday weekend this year as activations for the device increased by 51%, making it by far the most-activated smartphone or tablet in the early days of holiday shopping. Other Apple
devices look like hot items for shoppers this year as well since Localytics found that iPad mini
and iPhone 5c activations both increased by 26% over the weekend. Other devices that saw big surges in activations included the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD
(23% increase) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (20% increase).
It looks like BlackBerry had some very good reasons for sending its enterprise customers a letter this week
letting them know that it was still alive. AllThingsD flags
a new research note from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair claiming that BlackBerry's recent failed attempt to sell itself
has created even more uncertainty around the company and helped drive some of its corporate customers into the arms of hated rival Apple
and its iPad
Sick and tired of Apple
ruling over the mobile device market
? Well you're out of luck: It looks like the gadget world's twin titans are going to clean up in tablet sales this holiday season. Digitimes' supply chain sources
say that both Apple and Samsung have both increased their tablet shipments
for the fourth quarter this year and now expect to ship up to 37 million tablets combined this holiday season. More specifically, Digitimes
says Apple has boosted its total Q4 2013 iPad orders from 20 million to between 23 million and 25 million while Samsung has boosted its assorted Q4 2013 Galaxy tablet orders from 10 million to 12 million.
Apple's Retina-equipped iPad mini
is still in short supply
at the start of the holiday shopping season. AppleInsider flags
a note from Deutsche Bank analyst Chris Whitmore, who surveyed more than 100 retail outlets over the past few days to figure out both supply and demand for a range of Apple
products during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Continue reading...
Try as Microsoft might, it just can't seem to put a dent in iPad sales with its Apple-bashing Surface
ads. The company has issued several different ads that deal various jabs at Apple's popular tablets
, but the Windows RT-powered Microsoft
Surface has yet to catch on with consumers while iPad sales came in at 14 million units last quarter
. So, Microsoft decided to try something new. Since Android tablet sales have been growing far more quickly than iPad sales over the past year, why not start bashing them instead? And so we have Microsoft's newest Surface RT advertisements, which set their sights on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1
instead of Apple's iPad lineup.Continue reading...
Apple's decision to give the iPad mini a Retina display
is certainly an improvement from the original device's display but at least one display expert thinks it's still "lagging" behind both the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX. DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira this week
for supposed "poor planning" when it comes to the Retina iPad mini's display, which he says uses outdated technology that has been easily surpassed by its competitors.Continue reading...
In addition to its anti-Google Scroogled campaign
, Microsoft has an anti-iPad ad propaganda in place as well, with a couple of new ads highlighting
the benefits of using a Surface 2 tablet instead of an Apple tablet. In similar fashion, Nokia has released its own TV ad in which it mocks Apple’s iPad Air
while comparing it to its Lumia 2520 Windows 8 tablet.Continue reading...
It's not all doom and gloom for devices other than smartphones
. Canalys predicts
will split the computer market with notebooks and desktops in 2014, taking a 50% share of next year's shipments. Tablets had already caught up to within half a million units of worldwide notebook shipments in Q3 2013, but as traditional PC sales continue to decline
, tablets are going to pick up the slack.Continue reading...