Just imagine that more than 2 billion smartphones will be sold across the globe in 2016 and most of them will be bought as a replacement for outdated gadgets. In fact, every fourth person on Earth will use a brand new smartphone! You want to be among them? Then we recommend to consult our list of reasons that will help you to understand whether it is time to change the smart phone or you can wait a little longer.
Microsoft is going to surprise us with its new invention. However it won’t be a new tablet or a smartphone (though they are expected to be released soon). Microsoft is developing its own SIM card that allows Windows 10 based devices to access different cellular data networks without the need for a contract with them.
At CES 2016 Lenovo have unveiled an X1 systems portfolio. Top billing is given to the modular ThinkPad X1 Tablet. The tablet can be expanded and adapted for use in three different positions. Functional modules of the tablet can be clipped to the bottom edge:
- Productivity Module that extends the maximum battery life from 5 to up to 15 hours of permanent work. It also features an HDMI port and full-sized USB 3.0 port.
- Presenter Module, which houses a pico projector and HDMI port able to produce a 60-inch image.
- 3D Imaging Module with an Intel RealSense 3D camera to scan real-world objects in 3D.
At the same time Lenovo offers an optional ThinkPad keyboard dock with a TrackPoint system and stylus. Moreover the tablet has been designed to be extremely tough – it has passed more than two hundred Lenovo stress tests.
The technical specs of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet are as follows: 12-inch screen with resolution of 2160x1440 pixels, IPS, 216 ppi, 8 and 2 megapixel of the main and front-facing camera correspondingly. The tablet is powered by Intel's Core m7 vPro processor of the latest generation. It also has up to 16GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage and supports wireless docking stations with USB 3.0 and USB Type-C. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tab features WiGig wireless docking for a cable-free desk environment and Mini DisplayPort. The WiGig Dock supports the 802.11ad wireless format. Lenovo offers LTE Advanced support for even faster wireless connectivity. The Windows 10-based ThinkPad X1 Tablet itself weighs only 795 g. Its dimension is 291,5 x 209,5 x 13 mm.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet should be available since February for $900 and up. The optional modules range in price from about $150 to $280.
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The new Google Pixel C Android-based tablet will be released December 8. At least in the Netherlands 32GB model will sell for $499 and a 64GB version is priced at $599. The device packs a 10.2-inch display with a resolution of 2560 x 1800 pixels, an NVIDIA X1 processor, 3GB of RAM. The Pixel C offers a 256-core Maxwell GPU.
The most unusual thing about the Pixel C is the optional keyboard dock. It has full-sized QWERTY keyboard able to connect to the tablet via strong magnets, allowing you to adjust the screen angle by up to 135 degrees. The Bluetooth keyboard offers up to 2 months of battery life and it draws power from the tablet via inductive charging. The keyboard dock is an optional accessory that costs extra $150.