ASUS has taken the wraps off the new lineup of ZenFone smartphones powered by Intel Atom processors: the ZenFone 4, ZenFone 5, and ZenFone 6. With these handsets comes a swath of colorful rounded mobile devices, all of them boldly bearing ASUS's branding and the newly-introduced ZenUI, a new user interface the company is rolling out with its smart devices.
Acer beat rivals to the punch with an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet, the Iconia W3, but it's already time for its replacement, the Acer Iconia W4, to be revealed. Set to deliver Windows 8.1 on an Intel Atom 1.8GHz processor sometime this month, the $330 tablet isn't exactly a huge surprise, and nor is the W3's rapid demise so disappointing; we - and others - complained so much about the mediocre display, that Acer has given the Iconia W4 a new IPS LCD panel with Zero Air Gap touch.
Earlier today, Intel's CEO Brian Krzanich made the company's third-quarter earnings call, revealing additional information during the time including word that the Broadwell chip has been delayed a quarter. In addition to that, the executive also talked about the Bay Trail chips, detailing their sizable arrival in the next handful of weeks.
Dell has taken the wraps off two new tablets in its resurrected Venue range, the Venue 8 Pro and Venue 11 Pro running Windows 8.1. The Venue 8 Pro puts Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch HD IPS touchscreen with an optional digitizer pen and the chance to add integrated LTE, with Intel Atom Baytrail under the hood. As for the Venue 11 Pro, that steps up to a Full HD 11-inch display and a detachable keyboard for easier text entry, with the same Active Stylus option.
Today Intel has revealed their plans for the Bay Trail collection of Atom Z3000 Series Processors, making clear that they're aiming for devices that are small but powerful. This line of SoC is headed for tablets, phones, and everything in-between packing Intel's newest Silvermont architecture for next-generation processing finesse. This is not Intel's first move into the mobile smart device universe, but it's certainly its most serious.
8-inch Windows 8 tablets didn't get off to a particularly auspicious start, with Acer's Iconia W3 struggling to impress with its lackluster display, but Toshiba is hoping the Encore will turn around the trend. Announced at IFA 2013 today, the Encore puts Windows 8.1 on an 8-inch, 1280 x 800 screen run by an Intel Atom Bay Trail T processor and 2GB of LPDDR3 memory; best of all, the display is a wide-angle HFFS panel, which has the viewing angles, consistency of color, and brightness that the Iconia W3 lacked.
Lenovo has been awfully quiet recently in the tablet front, other than their most-recent Yoga 11S convertible offering, but the company just launched their latest slate, dubbed the Miix 10. This tablet is Lenovo's latest Windows 8 slate, and it rocks a 10-inch screen with an Intel Atom processor on the inside to keep things humming along.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has been personally testing Google Glass and expects the chip company's silicon to show up in wearables before the end of 2013, though the freshly-installed exec is coy on his predecessors Web TV intentions. "We're being cautious" Kranich said on the IPTV plans Intel said would launch this year, despite his predecessor, Paul Otellini, being gung-ho about the scheme. Despite the high ambitions, and solid feedback from early testers, Intel is yet to ink a single content deal, it's believed. Instead, Krzanich is more confident in wearables.
Think small tablets and Apple's iPad mini and Google's Nexus 7 probably come to mind, but Acer is also hoping its Iconia W3 Windows 8 slate will make the grade. Running a full version of Windows 8 - and, soon enough, Windows 8.1 - on an 8.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, the compact tablet is designed to fit into the bags and oversized coat pockets that regular, 10-inch slates won't play neatly with. We caught up with Acer and the Iconia W3 to see if this is the sort of Windows 8 we could see ourselves carrying everywhere.
Intel has shown off its new chips for tablets, smartphones, and LTE-enabled devices, with Silvermont, Bay Trail-T, and Merrifield all revealed at Computex 2013 today. Merrifield, due to show up in Intel-powered smartphones from early 2014, is the company's next-gen smartphone platform, a 22nm Atom SoC that was, for today's show, wrapped up in a new touchscreen reference design.
A good notebook can't just do one thing well these days, it has to multi-task in at least two ways, and so on that front the ASUS Transformer Book Trio is off to a good start. Revealed at Computex 2013 this morning, the 11.6-inch notebook is billed as "the world's first three-in-one mobile device" with a removable screen section that can flip between Windows 8 and Android, and which can be used both on the desktop and while mobile.