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Kodak Sells Tablets in Europe

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Kodak Sells Tablets in Europe

The Eastman Kodak company joins Archos to offer Kodak-branded tablets-- available in 7- and 10.1-inch models with either full black or "radiant" yellow back casing.

Imaginatively dubbed the Kodak Tablet 7 and Tablet 10, the tablets fall in the lower end of the market spectrum. Both carry a quad-core Mediatek processor, 1GB RAM and 16/32GB storage (expandable via microSD). The 10-inch model offers a 720p display and a 6000mAh battery, while the 7-inch model has a resolution of just 1024 x 600 and a 2500mAh battery.

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Razer Updates Blade Stealth Notebook

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Razer Updates Blade Stealth Notebook

Razer uses E3 2017 to launch a gaming notebook refresh-- the Blade Stealth, a device packing a 13.3-inch display inside the same size chassis as the previous model (which had a 12.5-inch display).

The updated Blade Stealth has a design less garish than typical Razer products, with the glowing logo replaced with a subtle two-tone version and a rainbow backlit keys ditched for regular white lighting. The display features a 3200 x 1800 resolution IGZO panel promising 100% sRGB colour gamut coverage and 400 nits brightness, and inside the machine are a 2.7GHz Core i7-7500U CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB PCIe SSD.

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Samsung Includes S Pen With Notebook 9 Pro

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Samsung Includes S Pen With Notebook 9 Pro

Samsung announces the Notebook 9 Pro at Computex 2017-- a Windows 10 convertible laptop with a built-in slot for the stowing of an included S Pen stylus.

Available in 13.3- or 15-inch sizes, the Notebook 9 Pro features a 360-degree hinge, allowing the users to switch between notebook and tablet use modes. It carries a 7th generation Intel Core i7 processor and 256GB SSD storage, with the 13.3-inch model including 8GB RAM and the 15-inch model featuring 15GB RAM and Radeon 540 graphics.

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Eve V Makes Computex Appearance

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Eve V Makes Computex Appearance

The Microsoft Computex 2017 stand hosts what is described as the first "crowd-developed computer"-- the Eve V, a Windows 10 2-in-1 device very similar to the Microsoft Surface Pro.

The Eve V is a crowdfunded product, having first appeared on Indiegogo back in October 2016. However, it also received a "six-figure" investment from no other than Intel, making it more legitimate. The result is a hybrid device running on Intel 7th generation i5 or i7 Y-series (aka Core M) processors, as paired with 48Wh battery and a cooling system allowing the processors to run at top speed for longer without need for fans.

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IDC: Migration from Tablets to Hybrids Continues in Q1

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IDC: Migration from Tablets to Hybrids Continues in Q1

The global tablet market continues to contract in Q1 2017, IDC reports-- shipments are down by 8.5% Y-o-Y to 36.2 million, marking a 10th straight quarter of tablet decline.

The analyst divides the tablet segment in two "very different" categories. The first is detachables, which are packaged with a 1st party keyboard and are actually growing, at least for the most part. The second is slates/traditional tablets, which lack a keyboard and are on "steep" decline following a 2014 shipment peak.

"As far as most are aware, the tablet market was created in 2010 with the launch of the original iPad, despite unsuccessful product attempts by other OEMs in the years leading up to this," IDC says. "The rate at which the tablet market grew from 2010 to 2013 was unlike many other consumer-oriented device markets we've seen before. However, it appears for many reasons consumers became less eager to refresh these devices, or in some instances purchase them at all. We continue to believe the leading driver for this was the increased dependency on smartphones, along with rather minimal technology and form factor progression."

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Microsoft Presents Surface Laptop

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Microsoft Presents Surface Laptop

After the Surface and Surface Book, Microsoft takes on a classic form factor with the Surface Laptop-- a MacBook-style premium laptop with no frills of the detachable variety.

Unveiled at a New York event, the Surface Book is aimed at students and the education sector. As such, it is a thin and light ultraportable, with a metal body and a keyboard area draped in Alacantara, a cloth-like material commonly used in cars. The backlit keyboard is similar to that found in the Surface Pro 4, while the touchscreen is a 13.5-inch PixelSense number with a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Inside the Surface Laptop are either Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs, together with 4/8GB RAM and 128/256/512GB SSD storage. It is compatible with the Surface Dial, and Microsoft also offers a Surface Arc Bluetooth mouse. Since connectivity comes via single USB-C port an additional dock accessory allows one to charge the device while adding x2 HDMI, x1 ethernet and x4 USB 3.0 ports.

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Apple Declares Plastic MacBooks Obsolete

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Apple Declares Plastic MacBooks Obsolete

Apple updates the official list of vintage and obsolete products-- and adds the 2009 13-inch MacBook, the last plastic-shelled laptop produced by the company.

Also listed are several 2009 and 2010 MacBook Pro models in 13- and 15-inch sizes.

First revealed back in 2009, the 3rd generation MacBook comes in a polycarbonate unibody available in either white or black. It was sold for a relatively short time, since in mid-2011 Apple introduced the MacBook Air, whose construction is in aluminium.

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Lenovo Intros Flex 11 Chromebook

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Lenovo Intros Flex 11 Chromebook

Lenovo announces the Flex 11-- a ChromeOS-powered 2-in-1 convertible laptop with an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 resolution touchscreen and a 2.1GHz quad-core ARM processor "designed with Android apps in mind."

Allowing for the transformation between notebook and tablet modes is a 360-degree hinge, and one can also use the Flex 11 in 2 other modes, "watch" and "tent." Construction promises to be drop-resistant up to 75cm, while the keyboard can handle spills of up to 330ml, with channels draining liquid away from electrical components.

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The Onyx Boox Typewriter eInk Hybrid

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The Onyx Boox Typewriter eInk Hybrid

Chinese eReader maker Onyx International presents a curious device at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair-- the Boox Typewriter, a laptop/tablet hybrid device featuring an eInk display.

Like other hybrid devices, the Boox Typewriter consists of a tablet-style display and a detachable keyboard. The display is a 9.7-inch 1200 x 825 Carta eInk number, and handles touch input via either fingers or electromagnetic (EMR) stylus. It also carries a 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage, and runs on Android 4.0, making it rather dated in tech spec terms.

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Sony's Digital Paper Tablet

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Sony's Digital Paper Tablet

Sony is famous for releasing unusual devices in its home Japan, and the DPT-RP1 is one such example-- a 13.3-inch tablet featuring an ePaper display one can write or draw on via included digital pen.

Technically a successor to a similar device, the DPT-S1, the DPT-RP1 offers a "non-slip" panel Sony says makes use of the aforementioned digital pen better. It also has a thinner and lighter design that is as thick as a stack of 30 sheets of paper, while the processor is also improved.

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Razer Updates Blade Pro With THX

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Razer Updates Blade Pro With THX

Razer announces a refresh of the Blade Pro gaming laptop-- now featuring THX Mobile certification for display and audio output quality.

According to the company, the Blade Pro display is calibrated and tested for resolution, colour accuracy and video playback, while the audio meets THX requirements for voltage output, frequency response, distortion, signal-to-noise ratio and crosstalk for clear sound through headphones.

Back in October 2016 Razer acquired THX, the audio company founded by George Lucas in 1983. Over the years THX expanded its remit to certification of audio and visuals, and prior to the acquisition was working on a certification program for HDR< AR and VR systems.

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