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Microsoft planning on launching ultra-cheap laptops to compete with Chromebooks

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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One of Microsoft’s biggest threats has been Google’s Chromebook line. Chromebooks have been relatively cheap and functional, primarily using the Chrome web browser for “apps.” Since Google doesn’t charge high licensing fees for Chrome OS, and they’ve marketed the simplicity and virus-immunity heavily against traditional Windows laptops, Chromebooks have been steadily eating Microsoft’s laptop market share from the bottom up.

It looks like competition is going to get a bit tougher on Google, however. Microsoft has announced a slew of cheap Windows 8 laptops will be coming from their partners in time for the holidays, primarily to compete against budget Chromebooks. HP has a $199 laptop in the works, as well as smaller 7 and 8 inch versions of these “Stream” computers for just $99. At that price range, that’s going below even Chromebooks and competing against cheap tablets that have also taken a slice of the market.

Aside from HP, Acer and Toshiba have some laptops coming out running Windows 8.1 and using Intel’s low-end Celeron processors. These laptops are hitting the $249 price point, and for the most part, the specs seem pretty decent. A good bit of this price drop is coming from Microsoft lowering Windows license fees for OEMs, allowing them to push out cheaper devices.

Time will tell if Microsoft can stand up against Google’s extremely budget pricing and simple interface.

source: The Verge

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Toshiba Excite Go 7-inch Intel cheapie

Posted by Tom May - 28 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Joining the Toshiba Encore 2 models is another budget tablet, the 7-inch Excite Go, which’ll debut at US$110.

It’s powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor and has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.

The price is the main selling point here, it has 8GB storage, microSD support and comes with Android KitKat.

It’ll be an ok main tablet but is probably best suited as a secondary slate to give to your kids to keep grubby fingerprints off your pride-of-place model or to have in the kitchen for Netflix while cooking.

Via androidauthority

Toshiba announces Excite Go, a 7-inch Intel-based tablet for $110

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Toshiba looks to be going after the ultra-low-end tablet market with its newly announced Toshiba Excite Go, a 7-inch tablet with an aggressive price of just $109.99.

As you can imagine the Excite Go isn’t exactly a super-powered device, but it’s actually pretty decent when you consider the low price tag.Under the hood you’ll find a quad-core Intel Atom processor and a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024×600. There’s also 8G storage with microSD and the power of KitKat right out of the box. For those that want to use it for some basic writing, there’s also OfficeSuite Pro bundled in.

The Toshiba Excite Go probably isn’t going to wow most consumers (semi-ironic considering the name), but it could be perfect as a secondary tablet or for something to give your kids. The Excite Go is also considerably better than many other tablets in this price range, such as the $99 HP 7 Plus. Additionally, it’s nice to see KitKat installed, while most sub-$150 tablets are still stuck on Jelly Bean.

What do you think, anyone interested in picking up this sub-$120 tablet when it arrives in early July, or does its modest resolution and Intel-based processor prove deal breakers for you?

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IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today unveiled the Excite Go™ tablet, a seven-inch Android™ 4.4-based tablet that offers a comprehensive and reliable tablet experience at a fraction of the cost, starting at just $109.99 MSRP1. With all the features needed to enjoy convenient web browsing, apps and entertainment, the Excite Go is an affordable option for people looking for an easy-to-use, highly mobile tablet.
“Consumers love handheld Android tablets as they offer portable entertainment at accessible prices and can be easily added as an additional device in the home,” said Philip Osako, senior director of product marketing, Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Digital Products Division. “The Excite Go is yet another example of Toshiba’s ability to provide affordable tablets with the latest version of Android, competitive features like Intel processors and solid build quality.”
Stylish, Lightweight Design
Encased in a stylish Satin Gold finish, the Excite Go is light and compact, weighing just 12.5 ounces2. It is designed to be comfortably held with a single hand, making it perfect for gaming, reading, emails and more. The tablet’s capacitive multi-touch display features 1024×600 resolution, which provides clear, precise navigation for browsing the web and playing games.
Optimized Performance and Additional Features
Armed with a quad-core Intel® Atom™ processor3, the Excite Go offers high-speed performance for apps and games from Google Play™ and watching videos. Android 4.4, KitKat allows faster multitasking and improved file management with easy access to Google Drive™ and other cloud storage services. With wireless display support, users can stream even copy-protected premium content on the tablet directly onto a TV screen. The Excite Go also comes pre-loaded with a full version of OfficeSuite Pro (a $14.99 value), enabling portable productivity and the dual camera version includes Toshiba’s exclusive TruCapture™ app that improves the readability of images from whiteboards and books by automatically removing borders, straightening distortion, reducing glare and noise, sharpening and brightening contrast – ideal for classrooms and offices.
A single charge on the Excite Go provides up to 7.5 hours of general use or up to 6 hours of video playback4. Additionally, the Excite Go comes equipped with up to 16GB of internal storage5, a Micro USB port and a microSD™ Card slot capable of supporting 128GB SDXC cards, enabling consumers to extend the tablet’s storage capacity.
Pricing and Availability
The Excite Go will be available for purchase for $109.99 MSRP beginning in early July at select retailers and on toshiba.com/us.

Toshiba announces budget 8- and 10.1-inch Encore 2 Windows 8.1 tablets

Posted by Tom May - 27 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Aiming for affordability, Toshiba is to release two new Windows 8.1 tablets under the name Encore 2.

The 8- and 10.1-inch Encore 2s have a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution and are powered by Intel Atom processors.

The 8-inch will carry 1GB of RAM, while the 10.1 inch model doubles that to 2GB. Both have 32GB storage.

As a boon to Windows purists looking for a tablet that has what they know, the Encores also come with a year-long Microsoft Office 365 subscription, offering access to the old staples Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook. Also bundled in is OneDrive online storage and Skype phone minutes.

The rear camera on both is 5MP and the front cam is 1.2MP. They also have 0.5w stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus. The Engcore 2 WT10-A is a micro USB 2.0 port, micro HDMI output and microSD support for up to 128GB.

The WT8-B shares these specs but doesn’t offer HDMI out.

They’ll be available in the coming months for around US$200.

Via pocket-lint

Toshiba Excite Go announced ahead of early-July arrival

Posted by wicked May - 27 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Toshiba has another Android tablet set to arrive in July. This latest model will be the Toshiba Excite Go and it will be arriving to fill out the low priced lineup. The Excite Go will arrive priced with a suggested retail of $109.99.

As one would expect given the price tag — the specs aren’t super high-end. Key here is how the specs appear to match the price point. Toshiba will have the Excite Go sitting with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display and powered by a quad-core Intel Atom processor. Users can also expect 16GB of internal storage space with a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 128GB in size.

Other spec related highlights include a weight of 12.5 ounces and front and rear-facing cameras with the Toshiba TruCapture app which is said to allow for capture of images “from whiteboards and books by automatically removing borders, straightening distortion, reducing glare and noise, sharpening and brightening contrast – ideal for classrooms and offices.”

Toshiba is also promising up to 7.5 hours of run time and will have the Excite Go loaded with Google apps (including the Play Store), as well as a full version of Office Suite Pro pre-installed. And nicely, the Toshiba Excite Go will launch with Android 4.4 Kit Kat.

Once again, this tablet will be available beginning in early July. The tablet will be available direct with Toshiba as well as with “select retailers.”

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SOURCE: Business Wire

Project Ara processors to be made by…Toshiba?

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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With Project Ara getting closer to its supposed release in 2015, many are wondering who will supply the parts for the devices. It turns out that the maker of processors for the device will be Toshiba, which is surprising considering the saturation of the market by the like of Qualcomm, MediaTek and Intel.

Toshiba will be providing three different processors for Google, for modules and for the phone itself. Reportedly, the partnership between the two companies started back in October 2013, resulting in the creation of chips that can “accurately control the flow of data and electrical signals between the modules and the phone itself.”

Ara devices will reportedly come as cheap as $50, though we do not know what kind of package that will get you. It now seems that Toshiba will be the only chipmaker for Project Ara, which defeats the purpose of true modularity a little. Only time will tell if that’s actually true.

Source: Nikkei
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Toshiba plans on bringing Project Ara to wearables

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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So far we have only heard of Project Ara smartphones, but couldn’t the concept also apply to wearables? According to Toshiba Senior VP and Technology Executive, Shardul Kazi, the answer is yes.

While at the Ara Developer Conference, Kazi showed the above slide that represents a module being removed from the phone and inserted into a smartwatch. At this point in the game, this is just a concept and not in development. Assuming consumers adopt this “module” way of thinking, you can clearly see that it’s inevitable that Project Ara could be used for so many other things, including wearables.

source: Engadget

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Toshiba microSD card boasts world’s faster read/write speeds

Posted by wicked April - 17 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Digital and smartphone cameras are getting more and more capable and data storage will soon need to catch up in order to provide users a smooth and seamless experience. It is exactly for this purpose that Toshiba is unveiling its next generation of microSD cards that can directly support those 4K videos you’re fond of shooting.

Let’s get the tech specs out of the way first. There are two Toshiba microSD cards being announced, with different data capacities and different read and write speeds. The THNSX032GAJCM4 is capable of storing 32 GB worth of data and has an amazing read and write speed of 260 MB/s and 240 MB/s, respectively. The higher capacity THNSX064GBK5M4 on the other hand can handle a larger 64 GB but is also slightly slower with 145 MB/s reading speed and 130 MB/s when writing. Of course, these are ideal maximum speeds that might turn out to be slower in real world use.

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What this means for consumers is faster downloads, faster file processing, and, when it comes to recording high quality videos, more storage. Currently, if users wanted record videos in higher resolutions, they’d be better off saving on the device’s internal memory first because those have faster file writing speeds than an external storage card. With Toshiba’s new microSD cards, however, users can make use of the external storage directly, which gives them more room for videos and photos. This is even more important for digital cameras that don’t have internal storage to begin with.

Toshiba hasn’t announced yet actual retail products that will carry these high-speed flash memory components. Samples are already being sent to chipset makers and component vendors, but there is no timeline yet when we’ll see them integrated into finished products available for purchase.

SOURCE: Toshiba

Toshiba Chromebook now available for $299, some retailers for $279

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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The latest Chrome OS laptop to go on sale is the Toshiba Chromebook. Announced back in September, it is available through Toshiba’s online store or through some retailers including Amazon. If you choose to go with Toshiba’s online store, this Chromebook will set you back $299.99; however, Amazon is carrying it for $279.99. Inside is Intel’s Celeron Processor 2955U (Haswell). There are two USB 3.0 ports and one HDMI port. On the device’s page, Toshiba claims you can get up to nine hours of battery life. Not too bad, right?

Hit the source link if you are interested in picking one up. Remember, Amazon is selling it for $20 less!

Source: Toshiba, Amazon

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Toshiba Chromebook lands in the U.S., arrives to the UK on February 10th

Posted by wicked February - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Arriving ahead of it’s original February 16th launch target, the Toshiba Chromebook is now available  from Amazon for $279.99, at least for those in the United States. The Chromebook is also listed on Amazon UK for £249, though it’s not expected to land there until the 10th of February.

Priced around the same as many other Chromebooks, the biggest difference is that the Toshiba model packs a larger 13.3-inch display with a resolution of 1366×768. Under the hood you’ll find the laptop is powered by a Haswell-series Celeron 2955U CPU and 2GB of RAM.

Other specs include an SDX card reader, 16GB storage, two USB 3.0 ports, a full-sized HDMI port, a headphone jack, a battery rated for 9 hours of life, and a lock slot. All of this can be had in a package that weighs around 3 pounds.

With its lock-slot and larger display, the Toshiba Chromebook could be a perfect device for schools and businesses looking for a cheap laptop that can handle basic web-driven needs, or simply for consumers that like the idea of a bigger screen. On the downside, the Toshiba Chromebook’s looks are a bit on the boring side, especially when compared to devices like the HP Chromebook 11 or the extremely high-end Chromebook Pixel.

What do you think, anyone planning on picking this one up, or do you feel that there are better Chromebook options for around the same price?

 


    







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