Acer Launches the Iconia W4 Windows Powered 8 Inch Tablet

Last week, Acer released a Windows 8.1 powered tablet, the Iconia W4 powered by a 4th generation Intel Atom processor paired with a bunch of interesting accessories.

Acer ICONIA W4The Iconia W4’s announcement comes quickly after their W3’s launch, which saw some complaints about the screen quality. With the W4, Acer has fixed that problem with a better IPS screen which features Zero Air Gap technology with wider viewing angles and better display clarity both indoors and outdoors.

Acer is targeting the Iconia W4 towards active and professional users who are looking at using the device on the move for both work and play. In fact with Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office for Home and Student 2013 comes pre-installed in the tablet at no extra cost.

According to Acer the W4 should give you about 1o hours of internet browsing or 8 hours of continuous video playback time on the 4960 mAh battery which powers it.

“Modern consumers want an all-pervasive computing experience, one that is high on speed and performance as well, taking care of their mobile demands. Addressing the consumer desire for portable computing, Acer has launched a host of computing devices in flexible form factors including convertibles, all-in-ones, and tablet PCs. As a part of our focused efforts to offer industry-changing experience and newer form factors, we bring to you our latest tablet, the Iconia W4. The ultimate on-the-go entertainment hub, the Iconia W4 will appeal to a cross section of users from busy professionals to ultra-mobile youngsters”, asserted Harish Kohli, Managing Director, Acer India during the launch of the device.

Quick Specs

ProcessorIntel Atom 1.8Gh Z3740
Screen
Screen Size8 inches Capacitive
Resolution1280 x 800px @ 16:10 Aspect Ratio
TechnologyIPS LCD with Zero Air Gap
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Storage
Internal Storage32 / 64 GB
External StorageMicroSD Expandable upto 32GB
ConnectivityWifi, Bluetooth 3.0,Micro HDMI Micro USB
Camera
Rear5 Megapixel
Front2 Megapixel
Battery4960 mAh
Form Factor
Dimensions134.9 x 218.9 x 10.75 mm
Weight415 grams

 

Accessories for the Iconia W4

Crunch Keyboard from AcerAcer Crunch Keyboard 

For users who need a keyboard, Acer offers a state-of-the-art; ultra-slim Crunch Keyboard fitted in a soft synthetic leather cover that easily folds outs while also serving as a tablet stand.

The stylish 5.3 mm (0.21 inches) thin silver keyboard offers Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and is rechargeable via Micro USB.

Acer  CrunchCover Red

Acer Crunch Cover—made with durable microfibers, the Crunch Cover folds out into a tablet stand with multiple angle settings to suit each user’s reading preferences. The slim-fit cover keeps clear of all ports and is available in several fashionable colors.

Other W4 accessories include the Acer Keyboard Cover, protection film, responsive passive stylus, power bank, adaptor kit with bag, and Micro USB cable.

Price and Availability

The 32GB device is priced at Rs.24999 and the 64GB at Rs.26999. You can get your hands on the Acer Iconia W4 at at Croma and Reliance Digital outlets across the country. If you prefer buying online, the you can get yours at Flipkart.

Kobo Launches their E-Reader Devices here in India

Kobo, one of the leading brands in e-readers, has launched their range of e-reading devices here in India today.  They are starting to retail four of their devices in India through their partners here, which include booksellers Crosswords, WHSmith and electronic retailer Chroma. This comes close in direct competition to Amazon and Google Play who have recently set the ball rolling in getting interest in ebooks out to the India market.

“As e-commerce continues to expand and demand for digital content continues to grow, we are thrilled to be launching in India and look forward to introducing passionate Readers to our world-class digital reading platform,” said Wayne White, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Kobo. “India is in the early stages of what we believe is a 25-year transformation from print to digital reading. In partnership with some of the leading booksellers and retailers in the country, Kobo is poised to lead this transformation, by delivering a fully localized experience designed to meet the increased demand for digital content in India.”

Let’s first check out the e-readers which Kobo has to offer: Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo and Kobo Aura HD are e-ink devices and the Kobo Arc is an android powered tablet, with a customized Kobo interface. Here’s a quick overview of these devices and what they cost here in India (Prices are MRP):

Kobo Touch (Rs. 7, 999)
The Kobo Touch eReader is an e-ink device which has a 6” Pearl E Ink  touchscreen. You can take these out during a bright day, and you’d still be able to read from this device like a you would a book. This is because the e-ink screen pretty much mimics a printed book, and doesn’t have the problems that standard tablet display have in direct sunlight. The flip side is that night you’d have to have a light on to read on the Kobo Touch, since there’s no lighting on the device. This comes with 2GB internal storage which you can bump up to 32GB via a MicroSD card.

Kobo Glo (Rs. 10,999)
The front-lit Kobo Glo eReader offers the most even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable people to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customizable fonts and page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the most passionate book lovers. The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, and its no-glare XGA high-resolution 6” E Ink screen provides an experience that is just like reading print on paper.

Kobo Arc (Rs. 11, 999)
For Readers who want a full multimedia experience, the Kobo Arc is the perfect Google-certified, 7” Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) multimedia tablet offering great ways to discover content – books, movies, TV shows, music, web pages and more. Tapestries – Kobo’s exclusive interface on the Kobo Arc – uses a cross-media engine to recommend related content based on what users ‘pin’ to their Tapestries. The high-definition display delivers crisp, sharp text and its 16 million color capability brings photos and videos to life.

KOBO AURA HD(Rs. 13,999)
Kobo Aura HD offers the highest-resolution screen available in an eReader today. At 265 dpi, the spacious 6.8” Pearl E Ink touchscreen offers 30 percent more reading surface and the closest experience to print-on-paper – showcasing text and high-resolution images beautifully. The device’s 1GHz processor makes page turns fly and is the fastest eReader on the market – 25 percent faster.

You can pickup eBooks for these devices from Kobo’s website.

Ubuntu for Tablets announced – Nexus 7 & 10 to get a Preview version tomorrow

Ubuntu for TabletsUbuntu for phones will soon be available (as a developer preview) for people with a Galaxy Nexus or a Nexus 4. Now, Canonical has announced Ubuntu for tablets, filling in the gap as it were, and covering all sorts of devices, from computers and laptops and TVs to phones and now tablets.

“Multi-tasking productivity meets elegance and rigorous security in our tablet experience,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical. “Our family of interfaces now scales across all screens, so your phone can provide tablet, PC and TV experiences when you dock it. That’s unique to Ubuntu and it’s the future of personal computing.”

Key Features of Ubuntu for Tablets

Ubuntu’s for tablet interface supports screen sizes from 6 inches upwards to 20 inches. Now who’d be waking around with a 20 inch tablet in their pockets, I don’t know. They also support screen resolutions from 100 – 450 pixels per inch. Ubuntu also provides proper multi-user account for the tablet, including a Guest mode, allowing you to share your tablet without worrying about other’s playing around with your personal emails and social network updates.  Here what Canonical’s press release mentions about the other key features of this new platform for tablets:

  • Real multitasking: Uniquely, Ubuntu allows a phone app on the screen at the same time as a tablet app. The Ubuntu side stage was invented both to enable efficient multitasking and to improve the usability of phone apps on tablets.
  • Secure multi-user: Multiple accounts on one tablet with full encryption for personal data, combined with the trusted Ubuntu security model that is widely used in banks, governments and sensitive environments, making it ideal for work and family use.
  • Voice controlled HUD productivity: The Heads-Up Display, unique to Ubuntu, makes it fast and easy to do complex things on touch devices, and transforms touch interfaces for rich applications, bringing all the power of the PC to your tablet.
  • Edge magic for cleaner apps: Screen edges are used for navigation between apps, settings and controls. That makes for less clutter, more content, and sleeker hardware. No physical or soft buttons are required. It’s pure touch elegance.
  • Content focus: Media is neatly presented on the customisable home screen, which can search hundreds of sources. Perfect for carriers and content owners that want to highlight their own content, while still providing access to a global catalogue.
  • Full convergence: The tablet interface is presented by exactly the same OS and code that provides the phone, PC and TV interfaces, enabling true device convergence. Ubuntu is uniquely designed to scale smoothly across all form factors.

Touch Developer Preview to be released on 21st Feb

Canonical also announced that they’d be released the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu on the 21st of February, with instructions on how to install it on the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets along with Android Phones like the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus. Being a long time Ubuntu user on my desktop, I can’t wait to get my hands on this tomorrow.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Mobile World Congress, you can also head over to Ubuntu’s booth and get Ubuntu on your devices.

You can get more information on Ubuntu for Tablets over at their site.

Ubuntu for Tablets Video

Here’s a video with Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth explain Ubuntu for tablets and what it offers industry partners.

Nvidia Announces the Tegra 4 processor, 6X more Graphic Crunching Power than Tegra 3

Nvidia Tegra 4 Processor
Nvidia today announced their latest mobile processor the Tegra 4, which will soon be powering our latest smartphones this year. Even though the press release below has more details, we though we’ll outline what the Tegra 4 has to offer in more simplified language.

The Tegra 4 processor is a Quad core processor with 72 custom GPU cores, what this translates to is 4 times more graphic cruching power on this CPU compared to Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processors. This should translate to smoother apps and more graphic intensive gaming experiences on Tablets and phones. More graphic capabilities also translates to your gadgets being able to play even higher resolution movies.

The Tegra 4 also allows your phones to take HDR photos in a jiffy, since the processor itself can handle all the computation required to create these kind of snaps. This also allows the device to allow you to get a  live HDR preview before taking your snap. Earlier HDR was a hit and miss photography technique, where you could see the results of the snap only once you take it. Devices running the Tegra 4 can now allow you to get a live HDR preview before even taking a snap. How cool is that?

Nvidia also claims that all this raw computation power won’t take too much toll on your device’s battery. The new processor up to 45% less juice from your batteries compared to their Tegra 3 processors which means that a device running on this processor could allow you to view videos for 14 straight hours!

Let’s wait and watch for announcements on which smartphones are going to be shipping this processor this year. Here’s the Press Release from Nvidia with more details of the Tegra 4 processor.

Press Release

NVIDIA Introduces World’s Fastest Mobile Processor

Tegra 4 Features 72 Custom GPU Cores, Quad-Core Cortex-A15 CPU for Superb Performance and Efficiency; LTE Enabled with Optional Chipset

LAS VEGAS—CES—Jan. 7, 2013—NVIDIA today introduced NVIDIA® Tegra® 4, the world’s fastest mobile processor, with record-setting performance and battery life to flawlessly power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and PCs.

Tegra 4 offers exceptional graphics processing, with lightning-fast web browsing, stunning visuals and new camera capabilities through computational photography.

Previously codenamed “Wayne,” Tegra4 features 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce™ GPU cores–or six times the GPU horsepower of Tegra 3 – which deliver more realistic gaming experiences and higher resolution displays. It includes the first quad-core application of ARM’s most advanced CPU core, the Cortex-A15, which delivers 2.6x faster web browsing and breakthrough performance for apps.

Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the fifth-generation NVIDIA Icera® i500 processor. More efficient and 40 percent the size of conventional modems, i500 delivers four times the processing capability of its predecessor.

“Tegra 4 provides enormous processing power and efficiency to power smartphones and tablets, gaming devices, auto systems and PCs,” said Phil Carmack, senior vice president of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. ”Its new capabilities, particularly in the area of computational photography, will help improve a whole range of existing products and lead to the creation of exciting new ones.”

Computational Photography Capability

Among the Tegra 4 processor’s breakthroughs is its Computational Photography Architecture, which automatically delivers high dynamic range (HDR) photos and video by fusing together the processing power of the GPU, CPU and the camera’s image-signal processor.

Its HDR capability captures images, including those taken with a flash, the way they are seen by the human eye – with detail in both bright and dark areas.

Unprecedented Power Efficiency

Designed for maximum energy efficiency, Tegra 4 includes a second-generation battery saver core for low power during standard use, and PRISM 2 Display technology to reduce backlight power while delivering superior visuals.

Tegra 4 consumes up to 45 percent less power than its predecessor, Tegra 3, in common use cases. And it enables up to 14 hours of HD video playback on phones.

Tegra 4 Key Features

  • GeForce GPU with 72 custom cores
  • Quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU, plus a 2nd Generation Battery Saver Core
  • Computational Photography Architecture
  • LTE capability with optional Icera i500 chipset
  • 4K ultra-high-def video support

Useful Links

www.nvidia.com/tegra
www.tegrazone.com

About NVIDIA

NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) awakened the world to computer graphics when it invented the GPU in 1999. Today, its processors power a broad range of products from smartphones to supercomputers. NVIDIA’s mobile processors are used in cell phones, tablets and auto infotainment systems. PC gamers rely on GPUs to enjoy spectacularly immersive worlds. Professionals use them to create 3D graphics and visual effects in movies and to design everything from golf clubs to jumbo jets. And researchers utilize GPUs to advance the frontiers of science with high performance computing.The company has more than 5,000 patents issued, allowed or filed, including ones covering ideas essential to modern computing. For more information, see www.nvidia.com.

Top 5 Windows 8 tablets – A new dawn for the Post-PC Age

Microsoft Trusts its Competitors with its Future – A new dawn for the Post-PC Age

Windows 8 tablet PCs will shortly be hitting the shelves. So, which is model is going to blow the market away? The prices are out, so let the game commence! Here are our top 5. Keep an eye out for a desktop touting as a tablet.

Microsoft’s Surface
Microsoft’s Surface tablet PC completely changes the way we think about keyboards…kinda

1. Microsoft Surface. A beautiful piece of kit, the Surface is Microsoft’s best attempt at revolutionizing the tablet so far. With a magnesium chassis, a ClearType HD display and an awesome fold-out reimagining of that most archaic of peripherals, the keyboard, Microsoft may have played a blinder. Reviews are positive, and pricing seems competitive, starting at $599 for the basic 32GB model. Unlike Apple’s iPad, the Surface has upgradeable memory —you can whack an SD card in the back and boost your memory straight out. Brilliant.

The HP Envy x2 is pretty, but somehow familiar

2. HP Envy x2. The first hybrid tablet-cum-ultrabook device on our list, the HP Envy x2 is clearly designed to provoke a deadly sin in all who behold it. With a massive 64GB starting SSD, HP’s sleek new machine has been accused of copying the Apple MacBook Air, with its brushed aluminium shell and rounded corners. The Envy x2 looks like a strong competitor: boasting Beats Audio speakers, NFC support and a gorgeous IPS display. There’s always the fear, though, that HP may fall foul of the Cupertino patent machine. One for a wait-and-see approach.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad is designed with business and travel in mind

3. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2. Showcasing Intel’s signature tablet PC processor, the Atom Clover Trail, Lenovo’s ThinkPad has met with critical acclaim. It’s solidly built, spec-ed up to the rim, and includes a full version of Office 2013 at launch. Though the price tag puts it at the upper end of the category, it would not be paying over the odds for this extremely powerful tablet

The Vivo Tab RT is a mere 10.6” across

4. Asus Vivo Tab RT. We’ve not yet mentioned a Windows RT tablet PC in this run-down, but here’s one worth the mention. The little brother to the Asus Vivo Tab, the Vivo Tab RT features a fairly standard hybrid ultrabook detachable keyboard, an Nvidia Tegra 3 graphics chip and a Super IPS+ panel with a resolution of 1366×768, just tipping it into the ‘HD Ready’ category. And, because, it’s ARM-powered and running RT, the Vivo Tab RT comes bundled with Office 2013. Priced to sell at $599.99
This is one of the most interesting Windows RT machines to watch. Its success or failure may well be depend on Microsoft’s ability to acquire a mobile ecosystem full of customers.

The VAIO Tap 20 can be angled to virtually any inclination you want

5. Sony VAIO Tap 20. Perhaps unimpressed with the competition’s attempts to combine tablet and laptop into hybrid ultrabooks, Sony have instead tried to create and all-in-one desktop computer in a single touch-screen device. It’s got a cool stand – there’s something you don’t hear often in computer reviews – and it is a big old piece of kit that could easily serve as a family media hub. The 1TB hard drive it packs is, therefore, to be expected. But, is its lack of mobility stuck just a little too far in the past?


Author Bio:

This article is written by Louise Miller. Louise graduated from LSE in 2011 with an MA in engineering and is now working as a freelance web designer. She loves blogging about tech and social media in her free time, especially all things Android.

Apple Announces the iPad Mini a 7.9 inch Tablet


In an event last night, Apple announced their latest tablet offering, the iPad mini. Well, this has been the worst kept secret from Apple, since specs and details of the device were floating around the web for quite a few months now. The new iPad is a 7.9 inch tablet powered by a dual core A5 processor. The screen 7.9 inch screen sports a resolution of 1024-by-768  at 163 pixels per inch.

By keeping the resolution at 1024 x 768, Apple has made a smart move, since that’s the same resolution as that of the first and second generation iPad. This ensures that all apps available on the iTunes App Store run seamlessly on the iPad Mini.

In terms of hardware, the iPad mini features the same anodized edges, finishes and colors like the iPhone5. The device is just 0.28 inch thick and weighs 0.68 pounds. The iPad mini comes in 16, 32 and 64 Gb storage variants  as well as a Wifi-Only and Wifi + Cellular  versions. The tablet is powered by a  16.3-watt-hour battery which according to Apple can power the device for up to 10 hours of usage.

The front-facing (Facetime) camera is a 1.2 Megapixel camera capable of recording video at 720p enabling the device to provide Facetime HD capabilities. The rear camera is a 5 Megapixel one capable of video recording at full HD 1080p. The Lightning connector being the default for all Apple’s new devices is also featured here. If you are looking for a GPS enabled tablet to find your way around town, you should give the Wifi version a miss, since GPS is available only in the  Wifi + Cellular version.

Coming to the pricing, the base model (16GB Wifi) should cost around Rs. 18,000 – 20,000 ($329 is the US price), taking into account taxes and charges, when it hits the India shelves. Apple US has already started taking pre-orders for the iPad Mini on their website and announced that November 2nd is when the Apple retails stores start selling it.

For more details and specs, check out Apple’s iPad Mini Page.

Nexus 7 tablet to hit Indian markets in November


In a press event for the launch of the Padfone and the Transformer Tab, Asus folks unofficially mentioned during a Q&A session that the Nexus 7 tablets could hit the Indian markets some time in November.

They didn’t comment on the indicative pricing of the device, but did mention that they’d announce the pricing by the end of October. The US pricing for the base model of the Nexus 7 is $199 ( approximately Rs. 10749, based on the currency rates of this writing). With taxes and levies, it should retail for around Rs. 13-15,000 by our estimates.

Also we don’t know if this is going to be the Google branded Nexus 7 tablet or an Asus branded equivalent device for the Indian market. We’ll have more details on this closer to the lauch when Asus announces the Nexus 7 for India. In the mean while, the Nexus 7 is unofficially available from online retailers for prices more than Rs. 16,000, which are devices acquired from countries where the Nexus 7 is currently available, and shipping times of over of 2-3 weeks.

I’m currently using the Nexus 7 and will have a review of the device in the coming week or two. So stay tuned for the review. For more details and specs of the Nexus 7, head over to this link.

Asus launches the Padfone, a unique 3-in-one device in India for Rs. 64,999

At a press event yesterday, Asus officially launched the latest in their range of tablets here in India. They launched the Padfone, which is a Phone, Tablet and a Netbook all rolled into one and the Transformer Tab TF300G, a 3G enabled tablet with a keyboard dock which extends the tablet’s battery life.

The Padfone is a unique product from Asus which acts as an Android phone, which when docked to the Padfone station becomes a 10.1″ tablet. This when docked with the Padfone station Dock, features a full keyboard with a multi-touch trackpad making this combo a netbook. In the last configuration, you can get up to 102 hours of talk time on your phone, since the tablet and the keyboard have separate batteries which is used to charge the phone while it’s docked.

More about the Padfone right after this video of an awesome Laser show from the launch event.

The Asus Padfone

The Asus Padfone is a premium range device from Asus, which is an Android Phone which docks into a tablet for a bigger display and extended battery charger. Their package also features a keyboard dock, which provides a physical keyboard and even more battery backup for your phone. That’s a lot of batteries – The phone comes with a 1520 mAh battery, the tablet (or the PadFone station, as Asus calls it) has a 24.4 Watt-hour battery, and the keyboard dock (The Padfone Station Dock) features 24.4 Watt-hour battery. All these put together gives your phone a whopping 102 hours of talktime.

The phone features a 4.3 inch qHD display (960 x 540), 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, a Qualcomm dualcore 1.5GHz  processor, 8MP rear camera & a 0.3 MP front camera. The phone runs on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. When the phone is docked into the docking station in the tablet, the display from the phone is dynamically switched over to the 10.1″ screen, with a resolution of 1280 x 800. During this switch all your apps continue from where you left it on the phone, so you can continue that video and game from the phone to the tablet. During the event they demoed a video being played on the tablet and when the phone was undocked, the video oh the phone continued playing from where it left off while viewing it on the tablet.

The keyboard dock  along with additional USB connectors and card reader to extend the onboard storage or transfer data in and out of your phone. Along with this Asus is also throwing in a Bluetooth Stylus in their bundle. The Stylus allows to receive calls when your phone is docked into the tablet, apart from using it to draw, sketch or write on the tablet.

“Today’s introduction of PadFone will be an utmost expansion of our users’ world where they will enjoy, achieve and save categorically. It is an alluring proof to substantiate our prime focus on the mastery of technological innovation and design perfection. We are assertive that PadFone will touch customers’ heart in terms of incredible product, incredible design, incredible quality and incredible service,” Mr. Alex Huang, Managing Director, System Business Group, Asus India said.

Asus Padfone Specs

The Padfone pricing in India

Asus is planning on selling the Padfone package in India for an MRP of Rs. 64,999. This includes the phone, tablet, the keyboard dock and the bluetooth Stylus.

What do we think?

The Asus Padfone is on the pricier side of the spectrum. You have to make a choice to use the phone + tablet from Asus. Since tablet doesn’t function unless the phone is docked in, it’s not like buying two different devices, but extending the same device. So the kids or others at home can’t play on the tablet while you’re out using the phone.

If you’re  like me, who ends up doing quite a lot of my communication and some of my work on the phone or tablet, the bigger screen and a physical keyboard for the phone, when I need to type out on docs, email and blog posts, is an added advantage.  The additional battery backups from the tablet and the keyboard dock is also an excellent option when travelling. I don’t know about answering calls on the stylus though, even though it sounds cool in the geek world.

Would I pay a the premium cost this tablet commands? I’d say, probably not. Asus may get a little more traction with sales of the Padfone  if they de-couple the devices and sold the phone+tablet separately at a lower cost, so people could get that without the keyboard dock and the stylus.

The Padfone Launch Video

Zinc Launches Z-999 their 3G tablet running Android ICS

Noida based computer manufacturer Zync Global annouced the launch of their latest budget tablet, the Zinc Z-999 Plus today. This is a 7 inch Android based tablet running ICS and is priced at Rs. 11,990 in the Indian Market.

The tablet features a 7 inch capacitive screen with a resolution of 800 x 600, Wifi Connectivity, 8 GB internal storage, a 2 Megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera. The tablet also features a SIM slot for 3G connectivity on the go.

Here are the  Technical Specifications in detail of the Zinc Z-999 Plus:

Highlights

  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 Ghz Processor
  • 512 MB DDR3 RAM
  • GSM SIM Support
  • GPU Mali 400
  • 3D Grahics Open GL2.0

Display

  • 7 Inches Capacitive Multi Touch LED Screen
  • 800 x 480 Pixels Resolution

Memory

  • 8 GB Internal Storage
  • Expandable upto 32 GB

Camera

  • Front Camera – 0.3 MP
  • Back Camera – 2 MP with Auto-focus
Audio
  • Stereo Speakers
  • Built-In Microphone

Connectivity

  • 3G Support
  • EDGE
  • USB v2.0
  • Wi Fi
  • Bluetooth with A2DP

Battery 

  • Lithium-ion polymer
  • 4200 mAH Capacity

Accessories Included in the Sales Pack:

  • Sleeve Pouch
  • Screen Guard
  • Earphones
  • USB Cable
  • Charger

You can get more information about this tablet from their site at this link: http://www.zync.in/index.php/2012-02-23-10-06-38/zync-z999-plus-detail

Here’s the Press Release :

Zync launches first 3G 4.0 tablet with voice calling

India, July 03, 2012: Zync Global Private Limited – an indigenous tablet maker today announced that it has launched its first Android 4.0 ICS tablet – Zync Z-999 Plus priced at Rs. 11,990/- with voice calling and 3G. Add-on practical accessories such as screen guard, lycra sleeve and earphones, apart from the standard USB cable and a charger are included in the bargain price of Rs. 11,990.

The company which has been innovating with various models since the time it has entered the marketplace, has released this new tablet with a 7-inch LED screen with an 800 x 480 pixel resolution along with 3G and voice calling. The Z-999 plus is Zync’s first ever 7 inch display based tablet with Android 4.0 to feature 3G calling and data connectivity through an onboard SIM slot. The Z-999 plus boasts of a 1.5GZ single core ARM Cortex A8 processor and 512 MB RAM which makes it a true powerhouse for excellent performance. Its size and light weight of 340 gm and excellent battery life of 4200 mAh makes it an ideal device in the low cost tablet market. It only measures 8mm- which is slimmest in its category which is portable and ideal for everyday use.

The Z-999 plus comes with an inbuilt Wi-Fi for file transfer along with a 2 mega pixel back camera and VGA front camera for video chat. The tablet is also equipped with a HD video playback support, HDMI support, 8GB iNand memory expandable to 32GB, keyboard support function and has an inbuilt 3G sim card slot. The high resolution LED screen is perfect for watching movies, multi-player games and downloading and sharing data. The Zync Z-999 plus comes pre-loaded with apps such as browser, Movie player, IBibo, BBC news and What’s app messenger. The tablet will be available across 22 states and e-commerce websites like Flipkart.com, Homeshop18.com, Naaptol.com, Snapdeal.com, Indiatimes, Infibeam. For the Z-999 plus, the company is offering a one year comprehensive warranty for the tablet and also a pick up and drop facility in case there is a problem that occurs while using the device. An attached keyboard especially designed for the Zync tablet is also available at a very affordable price.

On the day of the launch, Ashish Garg- Director, Zync Global Private Limited said, “We were the first players to launch a low-cost tablet on Android 4.0 a few months ago and are constantly working on innovation by adding more features to match the varied needs and lifestyles of consumers.” The response from our customer base for our earlier models Z-909 plus, Z-990 and Z-990 plus has been outstanding and we are catering to the student community and education institutions at large.”

“The tablet market in India is estimated at 10 million units in fiscal 2012 and we have already sold over 1,00,000 units in just 6 months. The company is aiming to sell 0.5 million units by 2013.

Microsoft unveils their new range of Surface Tablet

What’s 10.8 inches wide and 9.3mm in thickness, sports USB ports and runs Windows? It’s Microsoft’s new range of tablets which they just announced! This is Microsoft’s entry into the competitive Tablet market which is currently ruled by Apple, with Google as a far second. If you’re also confused with the ‘Surface’ in the name, Microsoft has renamed their earlier product Surface table to PixelSense now, to prevent further confusion with the names.

The new Surface tablet will be lauched around September of this year, when Windows 8 launches, and will come with two variants:

  • The Windows RT Model  will run only the Metro mode of Windows 8. Even though the pricing is not yet out for these tablets, our guess is that this would be priced around the iPad’s cost.
  • The Windows 8 Pro Model which will run the full featured version of Windows 8, which can also double up as your desktop/laptop as well. This would cost much more than the Windows RT model, and is slightly thicker and heavier than the RT version.
The nice touch in the Surface tablet is that the cover doubles up as a keyboard and trackpad as well. The case attaches itself to the tablet via a Magnetic contact, like the iPad 2 and 3’s cover. This along with the tablet stand makes this device function like like a ultraportable laptop.

Specifications

Window RT

  • OS : Windows RT
  • Processor : ARM based processor
  • Weight : 676 grams
  • Thickness: 9.3 mm
  • Display: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • Battery: 31.5 Watt hour
  • Connections: microSD, USB 2.0, Micro HD Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Features: Office Home & Student 2013 RT, Touch Cover, Type Cover, VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB

Windows 8 Pro

  • OS : Windows 8 Pro
  • Processor: Intel (x86) Processor
  • Weight – 903 grams
  • Thickness: 13.5 mm
  • Display: 10.6” ClearType HD Display
  • Battery: 42 Watt hour
  • Connections: microSDXC, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort Video, 2×2 MIMO antennae
  • Features: Touch Cover, Type Cover, Pen with Palm Block, VaporMg Case & Stand
  • Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB

Video

Here’s Microsoft’s Promo video for the Surface Tablet:

You can explore about the Windows Surface tablet at Microsoft’s site.