CES 2015: Tablets Unveiled
The he 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a melting pot of new technology that is eager to burst open with a lave-like influx of new gadgets right from the first day. In fact, the first day of CES 2015 is usually the busiest one, jam-packed with new announcements, with devices battling for attention.
The main battle this year, however, seems to have transitioned to smartphones and other electronics, as tablets in particular seem to have lost just a little bit of their initial steam. Nonetheless, we have some fairly interesting new announcements: Asus in particular is not holding back anything and it unveiled a trio of new ‘Chi’ series of tablets: the Asus Transformer Book T90, T100, and T300. With a keyboard, Windows 8.1 on board for maximum productivity, and a Surface-like keyboard-equipped package, those will certainly appeal to heavy typers.
There is a little something from other companies, and we’ll be updating this as soon as more new tablets get announced at CES 2015. Take a look at all the new tablets at CES 2015, and stay tuned for more!
Asus Transformer Book T90 | T100 | T300
Price: $300 | $400 | $800
Release date: February 2015
The new Chi line of Asus Transformer Book tablets comes as an alternative to iPads and Android tablets of the market. All three new Chi models come with Windows 8.1, and adopt the bound-with-keyboard idea of the Surface tablet. We’ve gotten to see most about two of the three: the $400 10.1-inch T100 with 1920 x 1200-pixel display, a device with an impressive 7.2mm of thinness, and the $399 T90 with an 8.9-inch 1280 x 800-pixel display and also keyboard.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 (8-inch) with AnyPen
Release date: January 2015
A ballpoint pen, a knife, a fork – things you normally wouldn’t let anywhere near a tablet now become temporary replacements for the stylus on the Yoga Tablet 2 with AnyPen. In addition to the AnyPen wizardry, the Windows 8.1-powered YOGA Tablet 2 offers a 64-bit Intel Atom quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio and Wolfson amplification, an 8MP auto-focus main camera, a 1.6MP front cam, and is powered by a 6400mAh non-removable battery. By the way, battery life is rated at up to 15 hours.
Lenovo Tab 2 A7-30
Release date: March 2015
The Lenovo TAB 2 A7-30 is an entry level Android tablet sporting a 7-inch screen with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 2-megapixel main camera and a VGA front facing unit.
Lenovo Tab 2 A7-10
Release date: March 2015
The Lenovo TAB 2 A7-10 is an entry level Android tablet sporting a 7-inch screen with 1024×600 pixels resolution, 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage and a VGA front facing camera.
Toshiba Encore 2 White 8-inch and 10-inch
Release Date: January 2015
the Encore 2 Write in 8-inch and 10.1-inch variants. These come with Toshiba’s TruPen digitiser, powered by the Wacom Feel technology offering 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
The slates run Windows 8.1, and offer a year’s access to Microsoft Office 365 Personal. They are also loaded with Toshiba’s proprietary apps like TruNote, TruRecorder, and TruCapture. TruNote is a note-taking and drawing app, TruCapture helps capture newspaper articles or textbooks to convert them into documents, and TruRecorder lets you record speeches and lectures etc.
Screens on both the slates offer a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. The devices are powered by Intel Atom processors, coupled with 2GB of RAM, and offer up to 11 hours of battery life. There is 64GB of internal memory on board that can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. Other shared specs include a micro-USB port, a micro-HDMI port, an 8MP rear camera, and an HD webcam on the front.
Acer Fonepad 7 (FE171CG)
Asus Fonepad 7 (FE171CG) specifications
7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) IPS display with Anti-Fingerprint Coating, 178-degree wide viewing angle
1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1GB / 2GB RAM, 8GB / 16GB internal memory, expandable memory via microSD
Dual SIM with dual standby
Android 4.4 (KitKat) with ZenUI
8MP / 5MP rear camera
2MP front-facing camera
7.9mm thick and weighs 280 grams
3G HSPA+ (with voice calling), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
3950 mAh battery