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LG’s Windows 8 tablet, the Tab Book, to make MWC appearance

LG Tab Book MWCAt CES 2013, LG displayed a pair of Windows 8 tablets named Tab Books, with the model numbers Z160 and H160. At the time there were only a few details available, and none at all on the price or a possible release date. This may all change at Mobile World Congress, as LG has put up a blog post on its UK website saying one of the Tab Books will make an appearance at the show.

Although there were two models at CES, this time there’s only one, and it’s simply called the Tab Book. If we were frustrated by the lack of much information last time, it’s perhaps even worse now, as LG hasn’t even given the Tab Book a model number. That won’t stop us though, as the few technical details it does provide can help us make an educated guess as to which one it is.

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The Tab Book will run full Windows 8 and is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor. The screen size is a mystery, although it is an IPS panel with a 178 degree viewing angle. A button on the side of the slate pops the keyboard out and stands the screen at a slight angle, plus the tablet will have 4G LTE connectivity built-in.

From this we can deduce it’s the Z160 tablet, as the H160 was said to use an Intel Atom processor rather than the more powerful Core i5. This puts the screen size at 11.6-inches with a 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. At nearly 20mm thick and 1.2kgs in weight, the Z160 is more Ultrabook than tablet, but LG says this combined with the pop out keyboard makes it, “More functional,” while an LG senior vice president is quoted as saying the Tab Book will appeal to people who, “want the convenience of a tablet but also the productivity of a notebook.”

LG will put the 4G LTE Tab Book on sale in Korea later this week, and will provide more information on an international release in the future. As the Tab Book is going to be at Mobile World Congress and has now been featured on its UK blog, we’d expect LG to talk about a European launch next week.

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Hands on: LG Tab-Book 2
LG Tab-Book 2 screen

Despite its great display and powerful processor, the Tab-Book 2 can’t overcome the problems common to sliders.
We’re not a big fan of sliding convertibles. They tend to be heavy, awkward and often suffer from a poor keyboard. A lot of manufacturers have abandoned the idea in favor of dockables or unique designs, but LG has given the sliding hinge a second chance with its Tab-Book 2.
The device’s most eye-catching feature undoubtedly is its 11.6-inch IPS, 1080p touchscreen. LG claims it can reach a maximum brightness of 400 nits, which is extremely high. We doubt it can actually reach that lofty figure, but it was bright enough to be easily visible on the show floor despite significant glare.
While all versions of the Tab-Book 2 have a 1080p screen, there are actually two distinct versions of the device. The 11T740, which is the “flagship” of the line, boasts an Intel Core i5 processor and is 16.7-millimeters thick. The 11T540, meanwhile, has an Atom processor but shaves off three millimeters. Weight comes in at 2.31 and 2.05 pounds, respectively.

We must admit that, as sliding convertibles go, the Tab-Book 2 is pretty nice. The sliding action felt smooth and easy to use, but could also be locked to prevent accidental activation. Build quality was strong and the chassis didn’t exhibit the flimsy feel that past sliders have suffered from. The inclusion of a Core i5 processor in the flagship model is great, and gives it serious performance chops.
At the same time, the Tab-Book 2 doesn’t overcome the problems common to this form factor. 2.3 pounds of bulk may not seem like a lot, but it makes the device harder to handle than something like an iPad. The keyboard isn’t great either. There’s no palmrest, key caps are small, and the layout is unusually wide from left to right yet narrow from top to bottom. Our attempt to type with the Tab-Book 2 was littered with missed keys.
Pricing and availability are unknown at this time, but a second-quarter release is likely. Whatever it costs, though, we doubt it will convince many to abandon their Yoga or XPS 12, nevermind an iPad Air or Android tablet.

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How Intel’s new Atom chips could finally make fast Windows 8 tablets cheap
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Windows 8 finally gave computer manufacturers a much-needed chance to buoy plunging PC sales with Windows-based tablets and convertibles. While some companies have had more success in this than others, it’s clear that consumers are not adopting these new touch PCs as quickly as been hoped. Even the most aggressive analyst estimates put market share for Windows tablets and convertibles at just 15 percent.
While Windows 8 no doubt deserves some blame, price is also a culprit. The first convertible and tablet PCs debuted above $1,000, and while the average MSRP has gradually dropped, most still sell for more than $800. That’s well above the average buyer’s budget.
Part of the problem is a lack of powerful, efficient yet affordable hardware for slim tablets and convertibles. But that may soon change. Intel’s new Atom processors are around the corner, and they promise the arrival of PC tablets that may sell for as little as $199. Here’s what the new hardware will be capable of, and why the latest crop of touch PCs may interest you a lot more than the last.
New Atoms
At the center of the new low- cost PC tablet is Bay Trail, a system-on-chip architecture built around Intel’s new Silvermont cores. This core is the first major revision Atom has received in years is designed to be much faster than what it replaces.
We don’t have to take Intel’s word for it, either. The company allowed a small group of reviewers to grab some hands-on time with an Atom Z3770 quad-core during the last Intel Developer's Forum. Among this group was The Tech Report’s Scott Wasson, who ran the same 7-Zip benchmark we use to gauge processor performance in our PC reviews. The result returned to him was a combined score of 6,279 MIPS.

That’s just a hair behind Intel Core products. The Dell XPS 12 with a fourth-gen Core i5-4200U, for example, scored 6,888, suggesting the new Silvermont-based Atoms will be just 10 to 20 percent slower than a modern Core processor. That’s a huge leap forward; the last Atom-based system we tested, the HP Envy x2, scored only 2,719 in the same benchmark.
The improvement in graphics is even more dramatic. The old version of Atom was saddled with a terrible GPU that can’t run most modern benchmarks, but the Silvermont revision uses the same architecture found in the latest Intel Core processors. Though far fewer execution units are available in Bay Trail than in a fourth-gen Core processor (4 vs. 20), the new Atoms can score just over 12,000 in the 3DMark Ice Storm benchmark. That's just slightly behind the quickest ARM system-on-chip designs.
Better still, the added performance don’t seem to come at the expense of power draw. Reports indicate the new Atoms consume around two watts at idle, and up to four watts at load, which is similar to the previous version. This means battery life should range from 6 to 12 hours, with most coming in around the 8-hour mark. 
Cutting through the numbers
What the benchmarks tell us is that the new Atom is not a budget processor that punishes the user for being frugal, but instead a powerful architecture that’s just a hair behind Intel’s best Core products. Determining the difference between the two should prove very difficult in everyday use, and only demanding tasks like games and video editing will make the difference obvious. When used in conjunction with a solid-state drive, the Bay Trail Atoms should provide a snappy experience no matter which operating system is used with it.
While this simply “good enough” performance may not seem exciting, it is in the context of price. We’ve liked some of the Atom-powered convertibles and tablets we’ve previously reviewed, but performance has always barred them from earning an Editor’s Choice. A small PC that occasionally sputters and stutters can’t earn our highest marks, no matter how light or how long the battery lasts. The new Atoms will resolve this complaint and, in doing so, remove a barrier that has constrained Windows tablets and convertibles targeted at the budget market.
All shapes and sizes
Intel’s vision of what the tablet and convertible PC market will look like after the introduction of Bay Trail based Atom processors is very broad. At low end of the market the company expects to see stand-alone tablets that sell for as little as $199 and have display sizes similar to existing Android and iOS tablets (between 7 and 10 inches). These will presumably come in a variety of sizes and shapes and have varying capabilities. While most Bay Trail chips are quad-core, Intel is going to release two dual-core variants, and those will most likely lead the affordability charge. Consumers should expect to pay between $299 and $399 for a PC tablet with a quad-core Atom.
The improvement in graphics is even more dramatic.
Convertibles and dockables are expected to start at $349 and end at $549, where Intel believes the Atom-powered products will be edged out by those using the Core architecture. Atom convertibles and dockables could come in almost any form imaginable, from rotating hinge designs, to sliders, to more unique entries like the Lenovo Yoga and Dell XPS 12. Display size will be various, too, though we expect most models have 11.6- to 13.3-inch screens. The better performance offered by Bay Trail should make for more appealing 13-inch convertibles that could admirably serve as a consumer's only computer and sole tablet.
Consumers can also expect to see 1080p displays in systems sold around the $549 price point; older Atoms were rarely paired with 1080p because the aging IGP struggled to display video smoothly at that resolution. The most powerful Bay Trail variants can even support 2560 x 1600, though we think few systems will make sue of the capability. 
In many respects, these new entries will be hard to differentiate from more expensive Core-powered computers. Given the lower prices, they’ll likely have less robust design, with greater use of inexpensive plastic and less visual flair. But the Atom-powered products should also be much lighter, and some may rival the weight of the current iPad. That’s an important point; current Intel Core convertibles and tablets usually weigh between two and four pounds, which makes them uncomfortable to use as a tablet for long periods of time.
The availability of low-cost Windows 8 tablets could be a boon for Microsoft, but the company shouldn't stop sweating just yet. Intel has worked hard to expand support for Android, and expects that at least some (if not all) of the least expensive Atom-based tablets to run it instead of Windows. While Android is still a poor operating system for a traditional notebook or desktop, there’s no reason to believe it wouldn’t work on a dedicated tablet.
A new dawn for the PC?
Predicting the impact of new low-cost PC tablets and convertibles is difficult. While Atom helps to solve the problem of affordable performance, Microsoft’s Windows 8 is still an obstacle. Will consumers choose Windows if tablets and convertibles based on it are as affordable as the iPad and Nexus 7? Or will the operating system’s flaws continue to turn off buyers? That is anyone’s guess.
What can be said for sure, however, is that the market for PC tablets and convertibles will be much different by this time next year. The current $800 price barrier, which very few systems have ducked under, should be gone, and that will translate to a wide variety of affordable Atom-based systems from every manufacturer.
While the first of these new options should be on the market by the end of the 2013 holiday season, we think most will debut throughout the spring and summer of 2014. If you’re looking for an inexpensive Windows tablet or convertible, we suggest holding off on a purchase until then. Systems based on Bay Trail will be more affordable and much quicker than their predecessors – what’s not to like?

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Toshiba intros new Satellite Click laptop/tablet hybrid, Windows 8.1 tablet
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Samsung and Sony garnered most of the tech press’ attention yesterday with a smartwatch and smartphone-tethering cameras. But Toshiba is hoping to make some waves today, announcing a trio of new devices that – while perhaps not as revolutionary – are certainly interesting in their own right – especially if you’re looking for a new budget-priced laptop or tablet.
Satellite Click
Check out our review of the Toshiba Satellite Click tablet/laptop.
First off, the Toshiba Satellite Click is a 13.3-inch IPS touchscreen detachable laptop/tablet hybrid that’s most noticeable because of its lack of Intel-based internals. Instead, the Click will sport a low-power AMD A4 (Temash) processor, Radeon 8000 graphics, a 500GB hard drive, 4GB of RAM, and dual batteries.
Its design looks a bit like HP’s Envy x2, but the Click will presumably at least be slightly more powerful than the x2’s Intel Atom processor. Like the x2, Toshiba says the Click has no fan, so you can count on it being dead-quiet.
Toshiba says the Click’s removable upper tablet portion will have a Webcam, Micro USB 2.0, an HDMI port, and a MicroSD slot. The keyboard base, along with an additional battery, will add a USB 3.0 port with sleep-charging capabilities. We’d like to see a full-size SD card slot here, but Toshiba makes no mention of that feature in the press release. It also doesn’t mention screen resolution, so it’s safe to resume it’s not 1080p.
Those looking for a comfortable laptop experience, though, will be happy to hear the hinge opens up to 125 degrees in laptop mode.
Toshiba says the Click will be available in September, exclusively at Best Buy stores. But price, at least for the moment, is still a mystery.
Toshiba Encore
Next up, the Toshiba Encore is an 8-inch Windows 8.1 tablet that looks to give Lenovo’s Miix 8 and Acer’s Iconia W3 some competition. The Intel Atom-powered slate is said to be a fairly chunky 0.42 inches thick, but weighs just over a pound (16.9 ounces), with a scant 32GB of storage and a MicroSD slot, along with a USB 2.0 port.
The 8-inch, 1,280 x 800 LCD screen won’t win any resolution accolades, but Toshiba does promise “wide viewing angles.” The company also says the tablet will ship with a full copy of Office Home & Student 2013, along with the Xbox Smart Glass app and a “free streaming pass to Xbox Music” (no word on how long that lasts).
The Encore’s specs may not exactly be exciting, but at least pricing sounds appealing, especially if you were already planning on purchasing a copy of Office 2013. Toshiba says the Encore will be available at major retailers and e-tailers in November for an MSRP of $330.
If you plan on actually doing work with Encore, though, expect to also be picking up a keyboard and a stand. The company calls the Encore “Great for play. Ideal for work.” But there’s no mention of any input method, other than touch.
Satellite NB15T touch-enabled laptop
Lastly, the Satellite NB15t looks to undercut low-priced touchscreen laptops like Asus’ VivoBooks and HP’s Touchsmart Sleekbooks, with an enticing starting MSRP of $380 and a sleek-looking design for a budget laptop.
At that price, though, the specs aren’t exactly exciting. The 11-inch NB15T will run on an Intel Celeron (N2810) dual-core processor and sport a 500GB hard drive. The laptop will have USB 3.0 and an SD card reader. And at 3.3 pounds, it won’t feel like a brick in your bag.

Toshiba says the NB15T will be available in November via online retailers an at

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