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.

Microsoft's new surface: tablet or laptop? - REVIEW

Microsoft has designed the new Surface model for easier typing. Photo: AFP

Is Microsoft’s Surface a tablet or a laptop?

I’m not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad.

Monday, 7 October, 2013, 11:09am

Oppo aims new flagship at China smartphone market

Journalists check out the latest offering from Oppo, which is seeking to lift its share of China’s smartphone market with its new flagship model. Photo: SCMP

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo will probably ship more than 15 million units in the mainland this year, with foreign expansion also picking up, a senior executive said on Tuesday.

That would put the Dongguan, Guangdong-based company on a par with Xiaomi, which has also said it would meet its 15 million units sales target this year.

24 Sep 2013 - 4:04pm

Not just for talking, smartphones are hubs: survey

A new survey shows Americans spend an average of nearly two hours a day -- 114 minutes -- on their smartphones, including just 23 minutes talking. Photo: EPA

For US smartphone users, talking is old hat.

A new survey shows Americans spend an average of nearly two hours a day -- 114 minutes -- on their smartphones, including just 23 minutes talking.

18 Sep 2013 - 11:00am

China to win early access to new iPhone lineup

Apple’s low-cost phone comes in blue, white, pink, yellow and green, and the top-line model in silver, gold and a new “space gray.” Photo: AP

China will be one of the first countries to have access to Apple’s latest iPhone models, the premium 5S with unique fingerprint identification and the cheaper, multi-coloured 5C.

Apple will start selling the two new iPhone models on September 20, with pre-orders commencing on Friday.

11 Sep 2013 - 10:21am

Apple expected to expand iPhone reach with new models

Apple has also invited the media to a Wednesday event in Beijing that analysts believe signals a deal to add iPhones to China Mobile’s massive telecom network in that country. Photo: AFP

Apple’s highly anticipated event on Tuesday looks to extend the reach of the iPhone to new markets as the tech giant moves to regain momentum in the smartphone segment.

11 Sep 2013 - 7:33am

New Android system named 'KitKat'

A chocolate version of the Android mascot made from KitKat bars stands in front of Google’s Mountain View headquarters on Wednesday. Google says its new mobile operating system will be called ‘KitKat’. Photo: AFP

Google, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that’s expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.

4 Sep 2013 - 10:04am 2 comments

Motorola’s Moto X is colourful, but not iPhone killer: reviewers

The Moto X is Motorola’s latest attempt to break into a smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics. Photo: AP

Motorola’s “Moto X”, the cellphone maker’s first flagship device since Google bought the company last year, stands out in a crowded market due to its customisable colours and materials, yet stops short of being an “iPhone killer,” reviewers said.

The highly anticipated Moto X is Motorola’s latest attempt to break into a smartphone market dominated by Apple and Samsung Electronics.

8 Aug 2013 - 11:08am

IDC: Tablet shipments slow down with no new iPad

Apple used to release the latest iPad in spring, but now tends to update updating products in autumn to cash in on the holiday shopping season. Photo: AP

Worldwide shipments of tablet computers slowed down in the second quarter because Apple didn’t release a new model of its trend-setting iPad, research firm IDC said Monday.

6 Aug 2013 - 10:39am

Tablet wars intensify as prices tumble

  Microsoft is aiming at the high end of the market with its Surface, which debuted with a starting US$500 price tag. Photo: AP

Tablet prices are plunging amid a flood of new devices and cutthroat competition for market share.

Amazon has slashed prices of its Kindle HD tablets to as low as US$169 (HK$1,311) in the US and 139 pounds (HK$1,606) in Britain, while Barnes & Noble has cut the price of its Nook to as low as US$129, and has announced plans to outsource production of its tablets.

11 Jul 2013 - 12:01pm

Barnes & Noble retreats from tablet wars as Nook sales plummet

Barnes & Noble has reported dismal results, led by a 34 per cent drop in sales of Nook devices and e-books business. Photo: Reuters

Barnes & Noble will stop manufacturing its own Nook tablets, marking the end of its expensive attempt to compete alone with deep-pocketed rivals, Apple and Google in the tablet wars.

26 Jun 2013 - 10:50am

Younger children becoming digital addicts in South Korea

Children deposit their smartphones before a lesson in Suwon, South Korea. Photo: AP

Park Jung-in, an 11-year-old South Korean, sleeps with her Android smartphone instead of a teddy bear. When the screen beams with a morning alarm, she wakes up, picks up her glasses and scrolls through tens of unread messages from friends, shaking off drowsiness.

29 Nov 2012 - 4:26am

Apple iPad mini makes low key debut

Customers at the Apple store at the IFC in Central Hong Kong purchase the iPad Mini. Photo: AP

The iPad mini made its low-key debut on Friday when sales began in Asia, as Apple fired the latest salvo in its battle against rivals Amazon, Google and Samsung.

Around 300 people queued up outside Apple’s flagship store in Tokyo, some wearing fancy dress, to get their hands on a device the company insists is more than just a shrunken version of its popular tablet.

2 Nov 2012 - 4:41pm

Will Apple go for 'kill' with iPad Mini?

Passers-by look at advertisements for Apple's iPad at an Apple store in Beijing. The world’s biggest technology company is expected to raise the ante on Tuesday with the launch of a ‘mini’ version of the iPad, to take the challenge to rivals like Amazon and Google. Photo: AP

Just weeks after its momentous launch of the iPhone 5, Apple is back with what is expected to be another hot gadget -- a “mini” version of its market-leading iPad tablet.

Apple sent out invitations for an event Tuesday in San Jose, California, keeping details under wraps as it normally does, saying only: “We’ve got a little more to show you.”

23 Oct 2012 - 11:11am

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

Berlin tech show in shadow of Apple-Samsung war

A visitor plays games at the Sony pavilion at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin. Photo: Xinhua

The repercussions of Apple’s billion-dollar patent victory over Samsung were still being felt at Europe’s biggest consumer electronics show, as the South Korean firm launched a host of new gadgets.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am