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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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Apple Presents... The iPad

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Apple Presents... The iPad

Apple announces an unnumbered tablet refresh-- the simply named iPad replaces the iPad Air 2 while promising "best in-class performance at its most affordable price ever."

The iPad features a 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 resolution Retina display (one lacking full lamination or anti-reflective coating, curiously enough) and runs on a faster A9 processor. It also includes 32/128GB storage, 8MP rear-facing iSight camera, 1.2MP front-facing FaceTime camera, dual speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack and Touch ID built into the Home button. Wireless connectivity comes via 802.11ac wifi and Bluetooth 4.2.

Being a basic iPad model it lacks iPad Pro features such as the Smart Connector, support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard and 4K video recording.

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April Reveal for New iPad Pro?

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April Reveal for New iPad Pro?

Apple plans an "early April" launch for the rumoured 10.5-inch iPad Pro, DigiTimes reports-- with the date chosen to "mark the inauguration" of the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California.

Apparently the tablet was initially slated for a May/June release, but DigiTimes says Apple "moved ahead the production" for the aforementioned inauguration. Earlier rumours suggested the event would take place in March, but since the month is already halfway through with no sign of an event in sight, the thought of such an can be safely scrapped.

Further collaborating on the DigiTimes story is Macrumors, whose "reliable supply chain source" says Apple will announce products some day between 20 and 24 March.

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Porsche Design Presents Book One Hybrid

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Porsche Design Presents Book One Hybrid

Porsche Design unveils a premium 2-in-1 device at Mobile World Congress-- the Book One, a Windows 10 Pro hybrid with a more than slight resemblance to the Microsoft Surface Book.

As a Windows device the Book One has all the expected features, including touchscreen and stylus support via Windows Ink, the Corta voice-controlled assistant and Windows Hello facial recognition. It features a 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 resolution display and carries an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and 512GB storage. Connectivity comes through x2 USB-C and x2 USB 3.0 ports, as well as wifi and Bluetooth.

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Samsung Intros Galaxy Tab S3, Book at MWC

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Samsung Intros Galaxy Tab S3, Book at MWC

Samsung launches a pair of tablet offerings at Mobile World Congress 2017-- the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book, with the first designed for media consumption while the other is aimed at professionals.

Both tablets feature HDR video support, as well as Samsung Flow biometric authentication and improved S Pen support, together with 13MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras, expandable storage via microSD card, fast-charging capability and support for Pogo keyboards with no separate charging or pairing required.

The 9.7-inch Tab S3 is an Android Nougat-powered number promising a "cinema-like experience" with a Super AMOLED 2048 x 1536 resolution display and a quad-stereo speaker setup tuned by Harman's AKG. It runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and includes 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, integrated 4G connectivity and a 6000mAh battery. A next-generation S Pen stylus is included in the package.

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Chuwi Presents Hi13 Windows Hybrid

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Chuwi Presents Hi13 Windows Hybrid

Chinese tablet maker Chuwi announces the Hi13, a 13.5-inch Windows-powered hybrid device one can safely describe as a Microsoft Surface rival

The Hi13 features a 13.5-inch 3000 x 2000 resolution touchscreen, and is powered by an Intel Celeron N3450 CPU with 4GB RAM and 64GB eMMC storage (expandable to 128GB via microSD slot). It handles stylus input via HiPen H3 stylus, while a detachable keyboard turns it into a notebook.

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Yoga Book Gets Budget Version With Yoga A12

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Yoga Book Gets Budget Version With Yoga A12

Lenovo presents a budget version of the Yoga Book hybrid device-- the Yoga A12, an Android tablet featuring the same touch-based Halo keyboard.

Described as an ideal laptop replacement for customers in emerging markets, the Yoga A12 has a 12.2-inch display and carries an Intel Atom x5 CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. It is 5.4mm thin, weighs around 1kg and claims "immersive cinema-like sound" through the addition of Dolby Atmos technology.

As mentioned earlier, the Yoga A12 also includes the Halo keyboard-- essentially a touch surface with a virtual QWERTY keyboard. Lenovo says the keyboard offers haptic feedback to help users improve their typing, but the version found in the Yoga A12 lacks the Yoga Book's pen-based input.

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IDC: Tablet Woes Continue on Holiday Season

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IDC: Tablet Woes Continue on Holiday Season

Consumers do not want to spend on tablets, IDC remarks-- Q4 2016 is the 9th consecutive quarter of tablet decline, with shipments dropping by -20.1% Y-o-Y to 52.9 million units.

Full year 2016 also sees declines, as shipments total 174.8m, down by -15.6% compared to 2015. This marks a second straight year of declining tablet shipments.

"The sentiment around the tablet market continues to grow stale despite a lot of talk about vendors pivoting their product portfolios toward the detachable segment," the analyst says. "Typical tablets without a dedicated keyboard, which IDC refers to as slate tablets, are continuing to lose relevancy across all regions and, as a result, we see the decline happening globally. We do see future growth in some emerging markets like the EMA as well as CEE with the sole catalysts being simplicity and low cost. Unfortunately for the industry these are the devices that don't equate to large revenues."

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