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Tablets Set To Be Big In 2014 As Samsung Pana & Acer Crank Up Models At CES

By David Richards | Thursday | 09/01/2014

2014 is set to be the year of the tablet according to several sources at CES 2014.

Buyers from the likes of JB Hi Fi, Harvey Norman and Dick Smith are flocking to tablet vendors, many hoping to cut exclusive deals. 

According to Arno Lenoir the Marketing Director of Samsung Australia the Company is banking on big sales of their new range of Galaxy tablets which at the top end will include the all-new 12.2" Tab Pro that comes with a stylus and a full sized keyboard. 

The new Samsung tablet has a new interface that has been "redefined" from previous models according to Samsung.

"We believe that 2014 will be a big year for tablets in Australia and Samsung will have the most extensive range available" said Lenoir.  

The new lineup for Australia includes the Galaxy NotePro which has a 12.2" screen, and two TabPros, at 8.4" and 10.1" they will go on sale in Australia in March 2014.

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According to Todd Lynton Manager of Samsung PC products Samsung  the new "Magazine" user interface makes the tablet more personalisable than previous versions of Android, using a 16:10 screen ratio and displaying news and social media updates within the home screen, if required.

The new 12.2" tablet tablets will also be aimed at business users by being able to display four applications simultaneously, rather than the current two.

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The NotePro, like existing Galaxy Note models, will also feature the S Pen stylus, while both new models will include Remote PC software to access computers from anywhere in the world, and the WebEx conferencing software.

Lynton said "We created the Galaxy NotePRO to kick off a year in which Samsung truly establishes its leadership in the tablet market. This new line offers the best in media consumption and productivity, combining the industry's best viewing experience in a tablet with Samsung's award-winning design legacy."

The Acer Iconia W4 (pictured above) is the only one of the tablets that runs on the Windows 8.1 platform and it comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Office Home and Student 2013. It has an 8.1 inch IPS display (1280x800 pixels) that utilises 'Zero Gap Technology' which removes the air between the touch-panel and the LCD module reducing reflections and improving outdoor readability.
 
Also jumping into the tablet market with new models is Acer who has launched a Windows tablet ipowered by a 4th generation Intel Atom processor running at 1.8GHz and comes in a choice of either 32 or 64GB storage (and microSD support). It weighs just 415g and is just 10.5mm thick and packs in a 5MP and a front-facing 2MP snapper.
 
The Acer Iconia W4 will be available in Australia late in the first quarter.

Like all of Acer's new tablets it can also be hooked up to the Acer Crunch Keyboard (available separately) which adds a full QWERTY keyboard.

 Acer Iconia A1-830
The Acer Iconia A1-830 which is a stylish, premium tablet that comes pre-loaded with Android Jelly Bean (4.2.1).
 
The tablet is essentially an updated version of the Iconia Tab A1-810 which launched last year. The new model has a 7.9 inch IPS display (1024*768 pixels) and is powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board memory (with microSD support).
 
What sets the tablet apart from the crowd is its design. Acer's tablet is made from aluminium and is slimline (8.15mm) and lightweight (380g) and a premium metal design is pretty rare in a tablet in this price bracket. 
 
The final new tablet is the 3rd generation of the Acer Iconia B1 which is aimed at 'young or new users or families looking for an additional tablet for their children'. The 7 inch Android tablet is powered by a dual-core 1.3GHz processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with a front-facing camera.
 
The new model is faster, has better battery life and an improved touch-screen. 

According worldwide tablet market is set to grow 47 per cent in 2014, according to research from Gartner, as lower average selling prices continue to attract new users.

The findings come from a recent consumer study that Gartner conducted in the third quarter of 2013 in markets that included Australia.

The research group found that over two-thirds of tablets were used outside the home.

Also jumping into the tablet market is Panasonic with the world's lightest, thinnest, pocket able and fully-rugged Windows tablet.

The 7-inch Windows Tablet, dubbed Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1, equipped with Intel i5 vProTM processor and Intel Celeron processor.

The tablet weighs approximately 540g and is designed to create new value for users with a more realistic and intuitive operating environment.

The Toughpad FZ-M1 features a 7-inch WXGA capacitive touchscreen display and runs on Windows 8.1 Pro OS, apart from 4GB RAM and a 5-megapixel-rear camera with LED Flash and 2 -megapixel autofocus webcam for video calling.

According to Gartner shipments of traditional PCs are expected to continue to decline by seven per cent year on year, totalling 278 million units in 2014.

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