New tablets at CES 2013 were plentiful, fast and relatively inexpensive. What’s new this year is Windows RT and Windows 8. Those tablets are bringing new life into a field dominated by Apple’s iPad and to a lesser extent, Google’s Android.
- Archos unveiled four new tablets with high-def IPS capacitive screens, dual-core 1.6GHz CPUs and an unnamed quad-core GPU, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. They come in a range of sizes, from 7-inches ($119) all the way through 10.1-inches ($199). The 9.7 and 8-inch tablets feature a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and an unnamed “eight core GPU,” pushing 2048 x 1536 resolution on the 97 and 1024 x 768 on the 80 Platinum.
- Acer Iconia B1, a $150, 7-inch display with resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels, dual-core MediaTek 8317 chip running at 1.2GHz, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage that is expandable with the use of a microSD card. There’s also a front-facing camera of 0.3MP and support for Bluetooth 4.0. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean comes pre-loaded out of the box.
- ASUS Vivo Windows 8 tablets include a VivoTab Smart tablet with an Intel Atom Z2760 dual-core processor, powering a 10.1-inch, 1366 x 768 resolution IPS display. An 8-megapixel camera sits out back while a 2-megapixel faces the user, and there’s NFC. ASUS isn’t giving out a price or availablility.
- ASUS Vivo Tab and Vivo Tab RT, previously known as the ASUS Tablet 810 and the ASUS Tablet 600 run Windows 8 and RT, respectively. The Vivo Tab sports an 11.6-inch IPS display and runs an Intel Atom CPU with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
- Alcatel OneTouch EVO 7 HD A 7-inch tablet comes with a Nexus 7-like resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, powered by a dual-core 1.6GHz processor and 1GB RAM, and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Only has 4GB of internal storage space but that is expandable via microSD cards. The price is $179 for the Wi-Fi-only version, $249 for one with a removable 3G module, or $349 for 4G LTE.
- Polaroid had a 7-inch M7 slate and a 10.1-inch M10 running Android Jelly Bean. They sport a 1,280 x 800 resolution and run a quad-core Cortex A7 CPU with 1GB of RAM. The 10″ slate includes 16GB of on-board storage, but that’s expandable via microSD card. It will go for $229 when it launches alongside the M7 this spring.
- The $299 RCA DMT580D includes a combination of DTV and Dyle-powered mobile TV. RCA says it’s a fully featured Android tablet with an 8-inch HD IPS screen, 802.11b/g/n WiFi capability, a Cortex A5 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage memory.
- Huawei’s 6.1-inch smartphone is really an Android phablet with a Hi-Silicon 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Ascend Mate will land in China by the end of February 2013, and may appear in other countries by March.
- Gigabyte’s S1185 and the S1082 are Windows 8 tablets. The S1185 has a 1080p 11.6-inch display, and a powerful Ivy Bridge processor. The S1082 is similar but adds cellular connectivity and the option of a 500GB HDD instead of a smaller SSD.
- Lenova Yoga 11S with Intel CPU. Ranging from the starting point of $799, which will get you an Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of memory, 128GB of solid state storage. There will be models going up to a Core i7, and the Yoga 11S will support up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. The standard display is an 11.6 inches
- Lenovo 5.5″ IdeaPhone K900 with 2GHz Intel CPU. A 5.5″ smartphone/phablet that is one of the first phones that will come to market with Intel’s new 2GHz Atom processor. Running Android 4.1 with Lenovo’s customized UI. The K900 will be available in April in China. No word on pricing or potential availability in North America.
- MSI’s Slider S20 is a Windows 8 hybrid measures just under 1-inch in thickness and features an 11.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080 10-point multi-touch IPS display, an Intel Core i5 processor, 128GB of SSD storage, 8GB DDR3 RAM. Q1 2013 for $1,200.
- The OLPC XO-4 uses a Marvell-made 1.2Ghz dual-core ARM processor, 8GB of storage, 2GB of memory, a 1200 x 900 display, SD slot, HDMI out, an accelerometer, 802.11a/b/g/n and two USB 2.0 ports. Expected in Q1 2013
- Panasonic had a 20″ Windows 8 tablet. Panasonic isn’t revealing exact specifications just yet, but running at at 4K resolution. It’s targeted at photographers, designers, and architects.
- Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, powered by the Windows 8 Pro. Under all that armor hides an Intel Core i5 processor paired with 4 or 8GB of RAM and an SSD of 128 or 256GB. Connectivity-wise, you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and Ethernet ports, but optional GPS and 3G/4G modules. The Android-powered Toughpad JT-B1 will cost $1199 when it is launched in February, while the Windows-based Toughpad FZ-G1 will carry a $2899 price tag when it is released in March.
- Samsung LTE Galaxy Note 10.1. Has an LTE radio inside, and runs Android Jelly Bean for Verizon.
- Samsung won’t launch Windows RT tablets in the US, citing weak demand.
- Razer Edge Windows 8 tablet. Sports an Intel Ivy Bridge processor full Windows 8 experience starting at $999 for the Core i5-equipped, 64GB variant. There’s an Nvidia GPU inside it, beefing up the graphics.
- Toshiba Excite 10 SE. Spec wise the $350 device is almost identical to the original Excite 10, with a Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1280 x 800 display, but the SE ships with Android Jelly Bean instead of Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Visio had two prototypes: a 10-inch tablet and a mid-range 7-inch model. The 10-inch model had a Tegra 4 with a 2,560 x 1,600 display, 32GB of on-board memory, NFC and dual 5MP / 1.3MP cameras. The 7-incher has 16 gigs of storage, and steps down to Tegra 3 and a 1,280 x 800 resolution. Both run Jelly Bean. Vizio hasn’t confirmed whether either of these tablets will come to market, though it says there’s a good chance
- The Vivo Tab RT has a 10.1-inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 resolution, and runs a Tegra 3 processor.
- Vizio Tablet PC is a full Windows 8 tablet with a dual-core, 1GHz AMD Z60 chip, making it among the first Windows 8 tablets with an AMD processor inside. It has 2GB of RAM, 64GB of solid-state storage, a 2-megapixel front camera and micro-HDMI / micro-USB ports.
Here are various projections of the market’s growth by analysts.
More recent estimates of tablet PC shipments says they will reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship, according to NPD forecasts.
The rapid development and adoption of new screen sizes is allowing both large and small brands to gain market traction in all regions and create new demand for tablet PCs.