PC makers haven't had much luck with tablets, but the pieces are falling into place to build a credible contender with Android or Windows 8. For the past few weeks I’ve been trying out two new tablets from Dell that illustrate how PC companies are trying to catch up.
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Dell unveiled a line of Venue Windows 8 and Android tablets, an 11-inch hybrid and a couple premium XPS Ultrabooks that it hopes will shake the PC market out its slump.
At its Computex press conference Acer announced what it said is the industry’s first 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, its first "phablet," and updates to its Aspire S3 and S7 laptops—all equipped with touchscreens.
There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Shield, Nvidia's Android-based gaming device, which begins shipping in June for $350. But after trying out a prototype, I'm not writing it off just yet.
Nvidia has broadened its portfolio, stepped up product development, and bet everything on a version of Tegra with integrated 4G LTE wireless in a bid to become more competitive in the cut-throat mobile chip business.
Windows 8 gives the x86 competition a fresh shot at the mobile market. With that mind, AMD announced a new Z-Series processor for Windows 8 tablets and hybrids. It will compete with Intel's recently-announced Atom Z2760 along with ARM-based tablets running Windows RT.
At Qualcomm's developer conference, CEO Paul Jacobs said tablets with its Snapdragon processor will be available when Windows RT launches.But will many hardware makers rush to challenge low-priced Android tablets, Apple's iPad and Microsoft's own Surface?
The fast-growing Asus was one of the most aggressive PC companies at Computex this year. Asus announced Windows 8 PCs of all shape and sizes, including multiple convertibles and a dual-display model.
Intel first introduced the Ultrabook concept at Computex exactly one year ago. Since then it has been working with partners to improve Ultrabooks and make them more affordable. The result is a flood of new Ultrabooks at this year's show, based on new 3rd Generation Core processors, that Intel hopes will reinvigorate PC sales.
The Computex tradeshow in Taiwan is just getting rolling, but Windows RT devices have already been spotted in the wild. I had a brief chance to try out a Qualcomm reference tablet running Windows RT, and should get a closer look at devices from Asus and others later this week.