Tablet computers

Tablet computers have been discussed as early as the mid-20th century, but only became popular with the 2010 launch of Apple’s iPad. This quickly inspired rival offerings from Samsung Electronics and others powered by Google’s Android operating consumer. So-called ‘phablets’ refer to devices that are smaller than traditional tablets, but bigger than traditional smartphones.

Lenovo to relaunch Motorola brand in China; posts strong sales, earnings

Lenovo's global sales of smartphones and tablets surged 73 per cent year on year to US$1.7 billion in the fiscal third quarter. Photo: Bloomberg

Lenovo, which saw quarterly revenue sail past the US$10 billion mark for the first time in the three months to December, plans to swiftly turn around Motorola Mobility's loss-making smartphone business by relaunching the brand in mainland China.

Friday, 14 February, 2014, 4:26am 1 comment

China’s Lenovo unveils 'game-changing’ yoga tablet

US actor Ashton Kutcher presents Lenovo's first multi mode tablet Yoga Tablet Photo: AFP

Chinese computer maker Lenovo presented a new tablet device including a bracket-cum-handle allowing it to tilt and stand, which it billed as a “game-changing” innovation.

Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher unveiled the Yoga Tablet at a Los Angeles event which had been shrouded in mystery, with teaser videos and social media  hints tagged 'betterway'.

31 Oct 2013 - 12:20pm

Microsoft unveils new Surface, fixes shortcomings

Panos Panay, Microsoft's vice president for Surface, introduces the second generation of Surface tablets in New York. Photo: AFP

Microsoft has refreshed its Surface tablet computers, giving them longer battery life and better comfort on laps as the software giant continues its transformation into a devices and services company.

24 Sep 2013 - 3:02pm

Tablets help Hong Kong students learn

Form 1 students use their iPads at Pui Ching Middle School in Ho Man Tin. Photo: May Tse

It's morning assembly, and Form One students at Pui Ching Middle School, have their iPads ready. It's the same story in their English and Chinese classes.

17 Jun 2013 - 9:50am 1 comment

Children using touch-screen technology

Screens of consciousness

At 10 months, Perry has only just learned to crawl, but he has no problems negotiating his way around his dad's tablet. The infant is among the many early adopters of touch-screen technology that is now the norm in devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

28 Jan 2013 - 5:13pm

Lenovo unveils multi-user 'table PC'

Lenovo's latest product is the size of a coffee table that works like a gigantic tablet and lets four people use it at the same time. Photo: AP

Lenovo yesterday took the wraps off a coffee table-sized personal computer designed for multiple users at the world's largest consumer technology trade show, as it embarks on a major corporate reorganisation.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:21am

Smartphone boom won't kill PC, say analysts

Tablet boom won't kill off PCs, but will force them to evolve. Photo: Bloomberg

The shift to smartphones and tablets became a landslide this year, crushing desire for laptop computers and pressuring manufacturers to adapt to the mobile internet era.

The trend promises to gain momentum next year, with people using handheld gadgets to remain connected to the web on the go and switching to sophisticated systems in home or office.

30 Dec 2012 - 3:54am

Lenovo boost on strong China smart device sales

Lenovo is expected to narrow the gap with Apple in total smart connected device shipments over the coming years. Photo: MCT

Lenovo benefited from strong sales on the mainland to seize a 7 per cent share of the world market for "smart connected devices", behind leaders Samsung Technologies and Apple.

Market research firm IDC yesterday said this market represented total global shipments of personal computers, smartphones and media tablets.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:58am

India releases US$20 Aakash tablet computer for students

The super-cheap Aakash 2

India has launched a new version of its ultra-low-cost tablet computer with a quicker processor and an improved battery, on sale to students at the subsidised price of US$20.

13 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

Lenovo predicts rise of laptop-tablet hybrids

Lenovo's hybrids have potential, says an analyst. Photo: Reuters

Computer giant Lenovo expects global demand for so-called "convertibles", ultra-lightweight devices that combine laptop and media tablet functions, to start expanding from next year.

Chief executive Yang Yuanqing said Lenovo "believed the emotional purchase trend" for media tablets by consumers has reached its peak.

10 Nov 2012 - 5:04am

iPad mini stands out in competitive tablet market

Apple's iPad mini

Apple fans in Hong Kong will find that size matters in the media tablet market, as the new iPad mini delivers nearly everything that the full-sized iPad has.

The iPad mini, which will be available in the city and 33 other markets from tomorrow, is built with a 7.9-inch display compared with the 9.7-inch screen on a full-sized iPad.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

Apple to release iPad mini in Hong Kong on November 2

Philip Schiller presents Apple's iPad mini in San Jose. Photo: AP

Apple will introduce its new iPad mini, a compact version of the technology giant's popular media tablet, in Hong Kong and 33 other markets next week.

The Wi-fi models of the iPad mini and the new fourth-generation iPad, both of which Apple unveiled yesterday, will be initially released on November 2.

25 Oct 2012 - 7:27am

With Surface, Microsoft becomes friend and foe to PC partners

Panos Panay, general manager of the Microsoft Surface, presents the new tablet computer in June. Photo: AP

With the launch of its Surface tablet computer, Microsoft is becoming a genuine “frenemy” – part friend, part enemy – to its longtime manufacturing partners.

Since its founding 37 years ago, the company has had a mutual understanding with makers of computer hardware: Microsoft creates software.

8 May 2015 - 4:20pm

Toybox: iPad protectors

Toybox: iPad protectors

If you use an iPad poolside or on a beach, consider the waterproof Lifeproof nüüd (HK$1,240). Adding 310g in weight, the nüüd allows an iPad to be dropped from over a metre and survives being in two metres of water for up to 30 minutes. The nüüd creates a watertight seal around the bezel, leaving the iPad's screen completely naked - hence the name.

15 Oct 2012 - 5:26pm

Road test: Vinci tablet

Road test: Vinci tablet

As a parent who is not overly concerned about my toddler getting a head start in life, it was ironic that a tablet promising to prepare children for future success landed on my desk. Nevertheless, my son is a little too keen on my iPad, and I had been considering getting him a more age-appropriate tablet when the Vinci tablet flagged my attention.

30 Sep 2012 - 3:19pm