Category: Tablets

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$279 Lenovo 300e Chromebook on MediaTek MT8173C

Posted by Charbax – January 26, 2018

Lenovo launches their new MediaTek MT8173C ARM dual Cortex-A72 and dual ARM Cortex-A53 with PowerVR GX6250 GPU Powered Chromebook. It's got a 10-point multi-touch 11.6" display and a swivel 360-degree hinge to use as 2-in-1 in four different modes, Laptop, Tablet, Tent, or Stand. With Enhanced Touch Technology that they have implemented in their touchscreen firmware, the 300e Chromebook also allows students to use a standard No.2 pencil on the screen instead of a stylus. it is designed with military-grade durability, with rubber bumpers, reinforced ports, a 360-degree hinge that won’t snap under pressure, the 300e Chromebook is compliant with MIL-STD-810G testing for all manner of shock and awe. It’s also drop-resistant up to 29.5 inches (75cm), the height of a school desk.

Filmed at the London BETT 2018 education tech conference.

$799 Lenovo Miix 630 Tablet convertible Windows 10 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2018

Lenovo releases their Tablet convertible running a full Windows 10 on the 64bit ARMv8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with built-in LTE. Lenovo digital pen with 1024 levels of sensitivity with Windows Ink. 15.6mm thickness, 1.33kg weight, up to 20 hours of local video playback battery life. Comes with a 12.3" WUXGA+ touchscreen to be priced starting at $799.

HP Envy x2 Tablet convertible Windows 10 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Posted by Charbax – January 12, 2018

HP Envy x2 is a detachable convertible Tablet PC running a full Windows 10 on the 64bit ARMv8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with built-in always connected LTE and up to 22 hours of battery life. 90min 0% to 90% fast charging. Up to 1,000 hrs of connected stand-by time. Comes with the HP digital pen with Windows Ink for note taking and scribbling.

Best of CES 2018: Asus NovaGo Snapdragon 835 Windows 10 at Qualcomm CES 2018 booth

Posted by Charbax – January 11, 2018

Asus wins my prize of most important "best of CES 2018" device. This is the most powerful ARM Powered laptop yet. Finally, after years of work by thousands of Microsoft and Qualcomm engineers, true full Windows 10 on ARM is just about to be ready to be launched onto the worldwide market. Powered by the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, with over 20 hours of battery life, while it comes on Windows 10 S by default it can quickly be "upgraded" to full Windows 10 Professional for ARM that gives support for the emulation of every x86 (32bit emulation supported only for now, 64bit x86 apps will be emulated once Microsoft updates the Windows software further) Windows 10 .exe application, hopefully we can run advanced video editing apps such as Adobe Premiere, Sony Vegas, Pinnacle Studio, advanced music creation applications such as Ableton Live, Propellerhead Studio, advanced photo editing software such as Gimp and Adobe Photoshop. This Asus NovaGo comes with two full sized USB3 Host ports (sadly, no full sized SD card slot), a full sized HDMI output port, fingerprint reader in the corner of the mousepad and a full sized keyboard with a bright glossy 13.3" 1080p display. At the Qualcomm CES 2018 booth, they are also showing the two other devices (though both Tablet based 2-in-1 devices with flimsy case/stands) that are being released running Windows 10 on Snapdragon 835 which are the HP Envy x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630. I was hoping that somehow this would be the time Lenovo would unveil an ARM Powered Thinkpad style laptop, but hopefully Lenovo will consider to do that soon enough! In my opinion, Lenovo should do a Thinkpad X1 Carbon and Thinkpad x280 style ARM Snapdragon 835 laptop, that would be great, if possible sold at 50 percent cheaper than the Intel version of each. Also if HP would make an ARM Powered version of their HP Spectre x360, that would also be awesome. Of course it would be really great if they would sell this with an unlockable bootloader (they can manage it "securely" through an approval kind of thing if they'd like) and that users could install among many flavors of Linux on it if they'd prefer (Qualcomm should support the community to still keep full GPU acceleration and full LTE support within any Linux). The Asus NovaGo is the only real Laptop form factor yet running this new very important full Windows 10 on ARM platform.

Geniatech Tablet Dock for 96Boards

Posted by Charbax – December 11, 2017

Geniatech shows their Tablet Dock for use with 96Boards compatible/sized development boards, where the board can just be swapped into the Tablet Dock to power it, including with touch support. To be distributed by Arrow at an affordable price.

Geniatech also provides a range of 96Board sized open source Qualcomm 410, 820 based development boards which you can see some of them featured in this video filmed at Embedded World 2017:

CLEARink wins Best Technical Development Materials at IDTechEx USA 2017

Posted by Charbax – November 23, 2017

Interview at IDTechEx show USA 2017 with Joel Pollack, board member at CLEARink, formerly responsible for Amazon Kindle display design at Lab126, also formerly CEO of Clairvoyante (now part of Samsung) and Dr Bob Fleming, CTO for CLEARink. They just won the IDTechEx award for best technical development materials. CLEARink previously won the award at SID for this reflective display technology, it uses Total Internal Reflection (TIR) to create white pixels and electrophoresis to create black pixels using black particles in a solution. Here is a video that shows how the technology works. Also see my SID video interview of their CEO, at CLEARink is targeting eSchoolbooks and Wearables, their product is low power, sunlight readable like other ePaper technologies but they are making ePaper 2.0 which offers color and video in addition to the usual benefits of ePaper.

$1329 Lenovo Yoga 920

Posted by Charbax – September 17, 2017

Lenovo launches the Yoga 920 running on the 8th Generation Intel Quad Core U Series. starting with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD and a FHD display that has 15 hours of battery life but it can go with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD with a 4K display that can have about 10 hours of battery life. It includes a microphone array to support long-range Windows Cortana voice-assistant that responds to spoken questions and instructions in standby mode from up to 4 meters away. The 4K version has a nearly edgeless 4K display, an optional Bluetooth-equipped Lenovo Active Pen 2 digital pen with Windows Ink that is more sensitive than the first version, that they claim to have no discernible lag with 4096 levels of sensitivity. Built with polished CNC aluminum available in Copper, Bronze and Platinum. It uses a sturdy "watchband hinge" design, two 40Gbps Thunderbolt3 enabled USB Type-C ports with multi-display and fast data transfer.

Tianma 8K 10.4″ Tablet, 5.5″ Flexible AMOLED, full Booth tour

Posted by Charbax – September 10, 2017

Tianma shows their latest displays and technologies, including their 5.49" FHD Flexible AMOLED display for the Flexible Smartphones of the future, 8K Tablet display, in-cell retina tablet display, in-cell force touch display, 27" Transparent display, industrial display, bezel-less displays for Smartphones, new outdoor viewable transflective displays, high-end displays with wide viewing angle technology "Super Fine TFT(SFT)", prototype of new 3D demo system with high density auto-stereoscopic technology "HxDP", PCAP wet & glove displays, and new LCD modules designed and optimized for a variety of industrial applications. Tianma (also known as NLT Technologies) is also showing Professional 10bit displays for medical use, Ultra-high luminance displays, 11.3-inch super wide display with high color gamut, thin and narrow frame and more.

UICO DuraTouch all-weather touch solutions at SID Display Week 2017

Posted by Charbax – September 10, 2017

UICO is a touch screen technology company that makes all-weather touch screens and touch surfaces for wearables, durables, and IoT smart devices. This video highlights many of their innovative touch screen and touch surface solutions that they demonstrated at SID's DisplayWeek 2017. They show some of the great retail and B2B products that feature their touch screens including an off-the-shelf retail boat GPS fishfinder with a 7" touch screen that they put under a running shower to show touch working with water pouring on the screen and without false touching. They show another device with a 10.1" touchscreen that works with super thick winter gloves. They show that their touch screens work with regular gloves and require no special capacitive tips. UICO shows an array of fitness bands and smart watches in production like Garmin HR+ that use their touch screens so you can swim, shower, and use the device with sweaty fingers. They explain that their patented IP is a combination of software, firmware, algorithms and other aspects of touch screen technology making it possible for touch to work with tons of water, thick gloves, sweat and saline, and through very thick cover lens materials for "industrial-grade" applications. When showing their wearable device solutions including AMOLED and PMOLED on-cell solutions, they boast achieving the lowest power consumption industry-wide.

Binay Bajaj, UICO's Vice President of Marketing, demonstrats a highly-unique implementation of their touch technology in a joystick. The joystick is able to sense the user's hand around it and thus preventing mistakes if the user is not properly engaged. They explain that duraTOUCH surface provides a new level of safety and control. Their touch surfaces work with leather, wood, fabric, plastic and other dielectric materials, and many automobile companies are looking at this solution for touch on car interiors, car doors and trunks, touch on steering wheels and more. Some of UICO's customers are implementing touch on fabric to enable touch controls in various types of clothing worn outdoors for both consumers and the commercial safety and security markets. UICO's touch surfaces, like their touch screens, work with thick gloves, water, sweat, and solve other problems inherent to capacitive touch.

UICO is a full-service, technology and manufacturing company and offers customers complete touch screen solutions and broad customization options. They also showed a 15.6" screen and discussed other larger screens sizes being launched in 2017 and 2018 along with new PMOLED and on-cell solutions. They are located in Silicon Valley and Chicago.

LG Display shows 8K 31.5″, Wallpaper OLED, pOLED, Transparent OLED, 4K bezel-less and more

Posted by Charbax – July 8, 2017

LG shows their ultra-thin 77” OLED wallpaper display, the thinnest in the world, displays with speakers built-in, and other leading display technology such as the LG Mobile and VR displays such as a bezel-less 5.5" 4K smartphone display, Plastic Flexible or Conformed OLED displays for upcoming Flexible Smartphones, 31.5" 4K HDR narrow bezel PC Monitor, 10bit Curved 37.5" WQHD+ display, 14" 4K for the laptop market, 31.5" 8K Display, in-touch systems on 14", 15", 23.8" laptop displays for the 2-in-1 market. LG also shows some automotive displays such as a conformed 12.3" plastic OLED display, 12.3" 60% Transparent OLED for the automobile HUD market, LCD and OLED display as a hybrid 12.3 MLD where LCD can be the background and the OLED can show the needle. A 6.13" mirror display. They also show a 55" FHD 40% Transparent OLED Display. Filmed at SID Display Week.