Samsung, ASUS gain ground
Although the iPad remains the best-selling tablet, Apple's share of the tablet market dropped 8.1 points year-over-year during the last quarter -- albeit based on shipments rather than actual sales to end users, according to new iDC numbers. Shipments rose from 15.1 million to 22.9 million, but the company's marketshare dipped from 51.7 percent to 43.6 percent. Much of the lost ground was claimed by Samsung, which saw share rise from 7.3 percent to 15.1 percent, and shipments rise from 2.2 million to 7.9 million. ASUS also made large strides, advancing from a two percent share and just 600,000 shipments to a 5.8 percent share and 3.1 million tablets shipped.
Asus launches high-res Transformer Pad Infinity
The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF 700 will go on sale for $499 in July. First seen at the World Mobile Congress, the 10.1-inch tablet incorporate the highest resolution display yet on an Android tablet in this class at 1920x1200. The Wi-Fi-only model is powered by an NVIDIA quad-core Tegra 3 processor while the 4G LTE version is powered a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 ‘Krait’ dual-core processor.
ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 priced and dated
Arriving as expected, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300 was given more concrete US launch details on Sunday. The entry Android 4.0 tablet is available now in a blue variant for $379 with 16GB and Wi-Fi. A 32GB version costs just $399, and the namesake notebook-like dock adds $149 to either capacity's price.
First units expected in a week
ASUS' Transformer Pad 300 has already appeared in retailer listings ahead of a formal launch. The convertible tablet reportedly showed up in a Google Shopping search for J&R, carrying a $399 price tag for the 32GB model, though the device has yet to be posted to J&R's main site with additional details.
NVIDIA sees Apple and itself hurting cheap PCs
NVIDIA's mobile lead Rene Haas in a conversation published overnight saw both his own company and Apple squeezing out traditional low-end notebooks. He explained to CNET that, just as Apple's MacBook Air had mostly killed the need for a "middle" system between the ultraportable and the faster MacBook Pro, NVIDIA would serve both Tegra-based mobile devices at the low end and graphics-heavy, performance-based notebooks on top. It was the stereotypical Windows notebook, which didn't have any of the performance edges or the portability, that was most at risk.
New iPad outruns Tegra 3 in gaming and web
A fresh comparison has validated many of the suspicions that the new iPad's A5X may well be faster than NVIDIA's Tegra 3 processor in a large number of tests. Apple's slate, despite competing against a quad-core chip from a company considered an expert in graphics, was faster in visually-oriented tests conducted by Laptop. While a standard GLBenchmark test showed it about 13 percent faster, a texture fill rate test in the same suite showed it having almost five times the processing power in that area.
Apple said to have settled on iPad HD
An uncommon instance of two dovetailing rumors may have divulged the final name of the next iPad. Both CNET and VentureBeat understood from sources that it would be called the iPad HD to emphasize the high-resolution 2048x1536 screen. While still going mostly on word, it came just after accessories had turned up making an association with the name.
Tablet brings 1920x1200 display
ASUS brought several new tablets to Mobile World Congress to showcase alongside the company's Padfone. Electronista checked out the Transformer Pad 300 series tablet yesterday, and today we had a chance to try out the flagship Transformer Pad Infinity 700 series tablet. Both share a 10.1-inch display and similar external appearance, however the internal components are quite different between some models.
HD tablet targets mobile entertainment enthusiasts
Along with the entry level Transformer Pad 300, ASUS has used Mobile World Congress to introduce a high-end tablet with home cinema qualities. The ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity is a 10.1-inch tablet with a 1920x1200 Super IPS+ screen protected by Gorilla Glass 2. The display puts out 600 nits brightness making it viewable in sunlight.
ASUS revamps Transformer tablets
ASUS brought along its revamped Transformer tablets this week for Mobile World Congress, where the company introduced the Transformer Pad 300 and Infinity. The 300 series is claimed to be the first LTE quad-core tablet, taking advantage of NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset that seems to be a common focal point at the moment for various manufacturers. Electronista stopped by to take a closer look at the 300, along with its dock accessory.