After Microsoft acquired Nokia, Ontablets has exposed the news that Microsoft will abandon the Nokia brand name. As news, Microsoft will get the authority of Nokia brand name very soon, and in future, the Windows Phone will be put "Nokia by Microsoft" on body. And Microsoft will also change the brand name of Surface tablet to Lumia.
Now, Miscrosoft is planning to remove the Nokia brand name on its Lumia smart phone. Once Microsoft gets the authority of the brand name, the usage of Lumia brand name will extended 18 months. And for Nokia X smart phone, the brand name will also be used till Dec, 31st, 2015. Nokia Asha smart phone will keep on using Nokia brand name in future 10 years.
As we know, Microsoft has invested a lot of money on its Surface tablet, if the news that Lumia brand name will replace Surface is true, that is quite a strange and shock news for us.
Now, everything is not settled, we need to wait till Microsoft acquire Nokia completely.
Two weeks before, we have introduced one tablet from Amazon with the Firefly function. This function is opened the third party. And today, Ontablets got the news that the well known online store, Flipkart from India will release its tablet with own brand names. The tablet comes with one feature quite similar as Firefly.
The tablet can recognize all the stuff sold on Flipkart, and provide information of other stuff according user's action. Deal can be finished within several minutes.
But some people are quite doubting the future of this tablet. From the tablet sales datasheet, we can see, now, the smart phones with big screen has already started to take place of tablet.
By investigation, the first quarter, the total sales volume of tablets in India is 750 thousand pieces, it is 17.5% less than same period last year. Accordingly, the sales of smart phones with big screen increases a lot in the first quarter.
Last week, Amazon released its first smart phone, Fire Phone, it becomes with the first online store which owns its own smart phone.
Last month, we have shared some information about the tablet owning rate in China. But for special men, the situation may be different. Today, Ontablets made a investigation for the IT practitioner. The result is much different as the previous investigation. Today, let's see the result.
In this investigation, Ontablets totally sampled over 3000 IT practitioners, 54.3% have already own a tablet, this number is much higher than ordinary people. Among those peoples, iPad has taken 51.1%, ranked 1st. That is not amazing. But the 2nd brand name is not Sumsang, but Microsoft Surface tablet which has taken 22.4%. Sumsang ranked 3rd which owns 10.2% users, and Lenovo is the 4th one, taken 4.1%. Yuandao is the 5th, its share is 2%.
As we know IT practitioners always like the new stuff. So among the 3000 IT men, 29.4% of the people sampled have already owned a tablet for over 3 years.
Different with other people, IT practitioners care the operation system most, nearly 51.1%, the second one is the weight, it takes 39.1%, and the third one is the price. Of course, battery capacity and brand names are also the aspect they will consider when buy a tablet.
As they are mostly the professional staff, so their suggestions may be a good reference to you.
This morning, Allview, one company in Romania confirmed that they will release two new smart phones running Windows 8.1 operation system, except that, they will release one new tablet with Windows OS named Impera I8.
Today, we will talk about this Impera I8 tablet. This I8 tablet adopts one 8 inch IPS screen, the resolution is 1280*800 pixels. The CPU is the Intel quad core one, the frequency is 1.83GHz at max. THe GPU is also the Intel HD. RAM is 1G, there is one 16G flash memory space. The operation system is Windows 8.1. It owns dual cameras, the front one is 2M pixels, and the rear one is 5M pixels.
The price from Ontablet is 205 euros. Basically, this unit is quite an good tablet, but the price is a bit higher comparing with other similar tablets made in China. For now, Allview did not confirm the release date, people who are interested in it can wait further news which will be updated here.
In the Comutex 2014 trade show, Dell released two new tablets with Android OS, Venue 7 and Venue 8. Today, both units are available for sale on ontablets.es.
Venue 7 and Venue 8 are both running Android 4.4 Kitkat operation system. First of all, let's see this Venue 7. It comes with one 7 inch IPS screen, the resolution is 1280*800 pixels. The viewing angle is very wide, and image quality is also excellent. The CPU is the Intel Z3460 dual core, the frequency is 1.6Ghz, that is one 64 bit chipset. That means its running speed is nearly doubled than other dual core chipset in the market. Except that, it has one 16G flash memory, and the weight is only 291G.
Following, let's see this Venue 8 tablet. The screen size is 8 inch, and the resolution is 1920*1200 pixels. Compared with Venue 7, the image quality is much better. Except that, the performance is also better since it adopts the Intel Z3480 dual core chipset. That is also one 64 bit chipset, the frequency is 2.13Ghz.
Both Z3460 and Z3480 were both released in the WMC conference this year. We have already share some information about them.
Regarding the price, the Venue 7 is 160US dollars, and Venue 8 is 200 US dollars, both are quite cheap.
The units are already available for sale in Spain. People who want it can click here to view the local dealers.
The Google I/O conference is coming. There are many news on internet saying the Android Silver will take place of Nexus tablets, and even Google indicated that the Nexus 6 will not be available. But we still have the chance the own the next generation Nexus tablets.
Today, news from Ontablets, HTC will have one new 8.9 inch Nexus tablet which is named Flounder.
This tablet comes with one 8.9 inch HD IPS screen, the resolution is 2048*1440 pixels, and 228 PPI. The CPU is from Nvidia Tegra K1 quad core, and 2G RAM. The flash memory has two different edition, one is 16G, and one is 32G. Regarding the dual cameras, the front one is 3M pixels, and rear one is 8M pixels.
The looks of this Nexus 8 is quite similar as Nexus 5. You may have a question, Google will abandon Nexus series, but why it releases one another new unit? As the information we know, the new Android Silver smart phone may be available till 2015. That means Google needs something else to fill the blank during the year.
This Nexus 8 may be much more expensive than ever. As news, the 16G Nexus 8 will be USD399.00, and 32G edition may be USD499.00. The LTE edition is much more expensive, may be USD600.00
This Nexus 8 will be made by HTC as well. We can not make sure this unit will be shown on the coming I/O conference, but it should be available for sale at the end of this year.
Last week, Onda unveiled its latest octa core tablet with Allwinner A80T chipset. Recently, many people are expecting its availability. And today, we got news from Ontablets, the 2014 Onda Annual Conference will be hold at the end of this month. In the conference, this new tablet with Allwinner A80T chipset may appear.
The Annual Conference will hold on 30th June. Allwinner is also invited to attend the conference. We believe, Allwinner will show its latest octa core CPU, A80T in the conference as well. Onda will released several new tablets, most of them are adopting the Allwinner A80T octa core. In old entries, we have already introduced something about this chipset. Now, in the market, only Nvidia Tegra K1 can compare with it if speaking of performance.
Other news said, in the conference, one 4G phablet will be also released, and some tablet with Windows operation system will be available as well. Of course, everything is not settled, we need to wait till the conference starts.
Yesterday, Sharp displayed its new Free Form display. This new display is based on IGZO technology, and owns unique PCB design. Then manufacturers can design different form of PCB.
As we know, all the screen of tablets or smart phones are square. That is because, to fit the PCB driver board, the edge of the screen need to keep some space. But if adopting this new Free Form display, there is not limitation on the edge of the screen, the panel can be designed as different form.
Of course, now people are used to the square screen form for tablets or smart phones, but for some other device, it may be quite useful. For example, smart watches.
As Ontablets says, people can used to square form for tablets or smart phones, but maybe they can not accept all the smart watches or other wearing device coming with square form. This Free Form display may be widely adopted in this field.
Now, the demo products adopting this technology are already available. As news from TabletofGPS, the Apple iWatch will be available at the end of this year, will it adopt this Free Form display technology?
So do you think it will have an innovation for tablets or smart phones as well. Please leave your comments here.
Last month, Microsoft released its latest tablet, Surface Pro 3. But the other unit people care a lot, Surface Mini was not shown on the press. But news from US, Surface Mini has already been available for mass production, it may be 15K to 20K pieces.
This morning, there is one smart cover case available on ontablets.es, it is suggested to be special case for Surface Mini. And there is one picture of Surface Mini as well.
From the picture, we can see the Surface Mini looks like a smaller edition of Surface Pro 3. The screen ratio is 16:9 or 16:10. We can not make sure the picture is real one. So it can be only for your reference.
But if the special accessories are already available, then the Surface Mini should not be too far.
In April of 2014, Ontablets has seen one new tablet in the HK trade show. The model number is Ifive Mini 4. At that moment, Ifive did not leak out the specification about this unit.
Ifive is one well known tablet supplier in China, but in Spain, this brand name is not so well know. But recently, as Ifive released some new models, it becomes much better than before. We have seen some news about this Mini 4 tablet before on some forums. Today, let's share its detail information about this unit.
Ifive Mini 4 comes with one 7.9 inch IPS screen. The resolution is 2048*1536 pixels. The CPU is the latest RK3288 quad core chipset from Mediatek. We have introduced something about this chipset. Generally, its performance is very nice among all the new chipset available recently. As this chipset adopts the new engineering technology, the power consumption is reduced dramatically. Except that, the unit comes with one 2G RAM. So the running speed is very fast. It can run most apps in the market.
Regarding the dual cameras in the unit, the front one is 2M pxiels and the rear one is 8M pixels. The cameras are coming with auto focus and anti shake function.