XOLO Win – the first AMD powered Win 8 certified tablet unveiled at CES 2014

Xolo, the smartphone brand of Indian handset maker Lava, on Wednesday unveiled its first AMD-powered 10.1-inch tablet ‘Xolo Win’ at the CES 2014 in Las Vegas. The company stated earlier in its press release that “The XOLO Win tablet is targeted at youth and working professionals, offering a superior high-definition image rendering with great multitasking and impressive power saving technology.”

The XOLO Win is a 10.1″ tablet running Windows 8, powered by a 1GHz AMD A4 Elite Mobility processor with the AMD Radeon HD 8180G Graphics and 2GB of RAM. The Xolo Win tablet is Windows 8 certified and features a 10.1″ touchscreen with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels. The tablet sports a 2MP rear camera and a 1MP front-facing camera. The Xolo Win comes with 32GB (MMC) inbuilt storage(No word on expandable storage yet). The company claims that the tablet can deliver up to 7 hours of battery life.

Commenting on the announcement, Vishal Sehgal, Co-founder and Director, Lava International Ltd., said, “Providing superior product experience is at the core of Xolo’s proposition to its target customers, hence joining hands with a technology leader like AMD makes perfect sense. With AMD’s unique Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), featuring both a CPU & GPU on a single piece of silicon, we look forward to this strategic partnership to provide the best performance and graphics on mobile devices.”

Managing Director, AMD India, Ravi Swaminathan said, “Xolo Win expands the usage of tablets with its great battery life, solid performance and superior graphics at a price point that redefines the tablet space. We are delighted to be associated with Lava International Limited, as we usher in a new era of mobility.” 

The company said the tablet will be available in stores across India towards the end of this month. However, the price of  the Xolo Win was not announced.

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.

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.