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IDC: W. European Tablet Market "Almost" Returns to Growth

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IDC: W. European Tablet Market

According to IDC the contraction of the W. European tablet market felt on Q2 2017 is of "just" -0.5% Y-o-Y as shipments reach 70 million units, an "almost complete recovery of the market in the region."

Driving such recovery are Apple tablets and improvement in the macroeconomic situation of several countries. In general, detachable see 1% Y-o-Y growth, while regular slate tablets show "resilience" with a decrease of just -1% Y-o-Y. Interestingly, the commercial segment shows positive 2.8% Y-o-Y growth, mainly driven by Apple and Android-based detachables (whose growth is 29.3% and 34.9% Y-o-Y respectively).

"Detachables are showing particularly strong growth within the corporate business, facilitated by the introduction of more commercially oriented models," the analyst remarks. "These models are geared toward operating primarily as a portable PC with the secondary benefit of a tablet, helping to compete against the growing commercial trend toward the adoption of convertibles."

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IDC: Tablet Decline Slows in Q2 2017

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IDC: Tablet Decline Slows in Q2 2017

According to IDC, the tablet market continued to slide downwards in Q2 2017-- global shipments total 37.9 million, a -3.4% Y-o-Y decline, despite notable product launches such as the new, lower priced iPad.

Not even detachable tablets could save the quarter, as customers prefer to wait for upcoming product refreshes from the high-profile likes of Apple and Microsoft. That said, new product launches towards the end of Q2 should leave detachables in a stronger position on H2 2017.

"There's been a resetting of expectations for detachables as competing convertible notebooks offered a convincing and familiar computing experience for many," the analyst remarks. "To date, the 2-in-1 market was bifurcated as Apple and Microsoft led with detachables while the PC vendors led with convertibles. Though that is slowly changing as smartphone vendors and traditional PC vendors begin to offer compelling alternatives, the pace has been rather slow as Surface and iPad Pro still dominate shelf space and mindshare."

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Acer Goes Back to School With Rugged Chromebook 11 C771

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Acer Goes Back to School With Rugged Chromebook 11 C771

Customers looking for a tough Chrome OS-powered notebook get an Acer option-- the Chromebook 11 C771, an 11.6-inch number featuring a few performance upgrades in a rugged design.

Primarily aimed at the education segment, the C771 is compliant with MIL-STD-810G US Military Standard, meaning it should resist drops of up to 122cm as well as up to 60kg of downwards force on the top. In addition it should also be resistant to dust and spills.

When it comes to the internals, on launch the C771 (and the C771T touchscreen variant) packs an Intel Celeron 3855U CPU, 32GB storage and 4GB RAM. On September it will also be available with 6th gen Core i3 and i5 processors. As for battery life, Acer says the C711 offers up to 13 hours of use on a single charge, while the C711T lasts for up to 12 hours.

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Dell Celebrates Precision Anniversary

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Dell Celebrates Precision Anniversary

At SIGGRAPH 2017 Dell celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Precision workstation with a special edition of the Precision 5520 mobile workstation, as well as the launch of the Canvas "smart workspace."

The anniversary edition of the Precision 5520 features an exclusive hard anodised brushed aluminium finish in a new colour, Abyss. It also includes an anti-finger print coating, and ships in two "high-end" configuration options. These include a 15.6-inch UHD IGZO touchscreen, Intel Core i7-7820HQ CPU, Nvidia Quadro M1200 GPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, x2 USB 3.0 ports, card reader, HDMI out, Thunderbolt 3 port and headphone jack.

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GDP Ships Pocket Notebook

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GDP Ships Pocket Notebook

Chinese Android gaming device maker GamePad Digital (aka GDP) announces the Pocket, a 7-inch Windows 10 notebook, is now shipping following a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign.

First announced back in February 2017, the Pocket represents something of a departure from the portable consoles that are GDP's usual product offering. Described as a combination of ultra-thin notebook and smartphone, the Pocket offers a 7-inch 1920 x 1080 display, Intel Atom X7-Z8750 quad-core CPU, Intel HD Graphics 405 GPU, 8GB LPDDR3 RAM, 128GB eMMC storage and a 7000mAh battery.

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Dell Adds Wireless Charging in Latitude 2-in-1

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Dell Adds Wireless Charging in Latitude 2-in-1

Dell claims to offer the "world's first wireless charging 2-in-1" mobile device-- the Latitude 7285, a 12-inch portable PC promising to be thin and light while meeting the needs of commercial clients.

First seen back at CES 2017, the Latitude 7285 is also described as the "world's thinnest Windows-based commercial 2-in-1." For the record, it is 7.25mm thick, 274.8mm wide and 209.2mm, while weight totals 0.68kg. It carries a 12.3-inch 2880 x 1920 resolution display with an anti-glare panel, and can be configured with a variety of processors, from Intel Core i5-7Y54 to Core i7-7Y75 (all 4.5W solutions), and M.2 PCIe NVMe storage from 128GB to 256GB.

The aforementioned wireless charging uses the WiTricity standard and requires extra hardware-- specifically either an included USB-C 45W adapter or an optional wireless charging mat (PM30W171). Use of the charging mat requires an optional Dell Latitude wireless charging keyboard.

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Kodak Sells Tablets in Europe

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Kodak Sells Tablets in Europe

The Eastman Kodak company joins Archos to offer Kodak-branded tablets-- available in 7- and 10.1-inch models with either full black or "radiant" yellow back casing.

Imaginatively dubbed the Kodak Tablet 7 and Tablet 10, the tablets fall in the lower end of the market spectrum. Both carry a quad-core Mediatek processor, 1GB RAM and 16/32GB storage (expandable via microSD). The 10-inch model offers a 720p display and a 6000mAh battery, while the 7-inch model has a resolution of just 1024 x 600 and a 2500mAh battery.

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Razer Updates Blade Stealth Notebook

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Razer Updates Blade Stealth Notebook

Razer uses E3 2017 to launch a gaming notebook refresh-- the Blade Stealth, a device packing a 13.3-inch display inside the same size chassis as the previous model (which had a 12.5-inch display).

The updated Blade Stealth has a design less garish than typical Razer products, with the glowing logo replaced with a subtle two-tone version and a rainbow backlit keys ditched for regular white lighting. The display features a 3200 x 1800 resolution IGZO panel promising 100% sRGB colour gamut coverage and 400 nits brightness, and inside the machine are a 2.7GHz Core i7-7500U CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, up to 16GB RAM and up to 1TB PCIe SSD.

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The First Ryzen Gaming Laptop

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The First Ryzen Gaming Laptop

At Computex 2017 Asus ROG shows off the Strix GL702ZC-- the first gaming laptop featuring an AMD Ryzen CPU, as well as a Radeon Polaris GPU and a FreeSync display panel.

As something of an AMD flagship, the laptop comes in cofigurations including an 8-core Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, 6-core Ryzen 5 1600 or the Ryzen 3 1200. The CPU is paired with a Radeon RX 580 GPU with up to 8GB GDDR5 memory, while the motherboard offers dual SO-DIMM slots with support for up to 32GB DDR4-2400 RAM, an M.2 slot for NVMe SSDs up to 512GB (throughput to 2200MB/s) and a 2.5-inch drive bay.

The machine is built around a 17.3-inch display (in either 4K or 1080p resolution) featuring a matte coated IPS panel and MAD FreeSync support. The chassis is 33mm thick and weighs around 3.2kg, and carries a Hyper Cool duo-copper cooling system and a backlit keyboard with 1.6mm travel and 30 key rollover.

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