Samsung launches 2-in-1 Windows 10 tablet in Singapore

Samsung Galaxy TabPro SSamsung Electronics Singapore has introduced the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S, its first 2-in-1 premium tablet featuring seamless integration of laptop and tablet capabilities.

As the first premium tablet range to be powered by Windows 10 to support LTE Category 6 capabilities, the Galaxy TabPro S comes with enhanced features and long-lasting battery life, making it suitable for on-the-go individuals seeking convenience and performance.

Encased in a 6.3mm slim and sleek exterior, it weighs just 696 grams. The tablet also comes with a full-sized keyboard and cover – the touchpad of the keyboard emulates that of a laptop. The Pogo pin on the Galaxy TabPro S keyboard eliminates the need for pairing or charging separately.
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Tablet market experiences steepest drop since inception

Source: ABI Research

​Tablet shipment has experienced the sharpest drop — 35 percent quarter-on-quarter decrease — since 2009. The consumer device also lost 16 percent year-on-year, according to ABI Research.

Apple and Samsung have been key market players and continue to dominate a significant majority of the tablet market.

“2015 is the pivotal year for smaller, competing vendors to step-up, build their business, and gain market share in advanced and emerging markets. The tablet market lacks a truly competitive playing field needing a strong third even fourth vendor to drive the market out of stagnation. Acer, ASUS and Lenovo all show promise for claiming those spots but need to focus on building their businesses especially in markets where purchase decisions are still largely to be made,” said Jeff Orr, Senior Practice Director of ABI Research.

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PC market on slow road to recovery

GartnerWorldwide combined shipment of devices (PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones) are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in 2014, a 4.2 percent increase from 2013, according to Gartner.

After declining 9.5 percent in 2013, the global PC market (desktop, notebook and premium ultramobile) is on pace to contract only 2.9 percent in 2014.

“2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market. This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets,” said Ranjit Atwal, Research Director of Gartner.

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Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth tablet targets connected generation

Huawei MediaPad 7 YouthHuawei is banking on the popularity of tablets among the younger generation with the launch of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth. Compact, sturdy and stylish with its aluminum metal unibody measuring just 9.9mm and weighing 350g, it is small enough to fit into a backpack or tote bag.

A seven-inch capacitive 10-point touchscreen lets users enjoy 1080p full HD video playback. The tablet’s high-speed 28nm dual-core 1.6GHz processor and powerful GPU offers the ultimate gaming and smooth operating experience, while the 4100mAh Li-Polymer battery provides almost two weeks of power on standby to keep you entertained for longer.

The MediaPad 7 Youth will be available in the Asia Pacific in Q3.


Smartphones account for half of mobile device shipments in Japan in Q1

Smartphone shipments in Japan grew 4.0 percent year over year in Q1 to 6.8 million units to account for half of the overall mobile device market in Q1, according to IDC’s Japan Quarterly Mobile Device Tracker.

Total shipments in the Japan mobile device market for Q1 came to 13.6 million units, an increase of 9.7  percent on a year-over-year basis.

While the PC market declined by 4.6 percent in the quarter, the rapidly growing tablet market enjoyed year-over-year growth of 187.2 percent to slightly more than 2 million units. The tablet growth was largely driven by the availability of inexpensive new tablets and huge sales incentives from mobile operators to boost the shipping volumes of LTE (4G) tablets. 

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HP Elitepad soars with Emirates

Emirates aims to deliver better customer service and flight experience with the HP ElitePad 900.

HP’s new tablets has won over an admirer. Emirates Airlines has started equipping its cabin crew with HP’s ElitePad 900 Windows 8 Enterprise tablets to improve customer service.


Running on Windows 8, the new tablets has enabled Emirates to create its Knowledge Driven Inflight Service (KIS) app, which allows air crew to deliver better customer experience. The HP ElitePad 900 tablets are synchronised with the corporate systems before take-off and upon landing, giving the crew updated information such as security, passenger seating and upgrades.

Updates from the HR systems provide supervisors with duty crew data, such as grades, nationalities and language competencies.

Designed for businesses, the HP ElitePad 900 is sleek, thin and light, and comes with enterprise-calibre data, device and identity protection for Emirates
customers with HP Client Security.