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Notebook Shipments Increased 10% In November

Notebook brands have recently adjusted their strategies in order to limit the impact tablets and smartphones have had on sales.

It seems that the strategy is going to work out for the holiday season. While overall notebook numbers are expected to see a small decline, in November it actually increased by 10%.

The two main reasons are strong HP enterprise sales and high demand in the low-cost consumer segment.

HP ordered 4 million units from ODMs, which is a 60% increase from the previous month.

All seven major vendors being Apple, Lenovo, Samsung, HP, Asus, Dell and Acer are expected to make further adjustment when it comes to their product offering which should shake things up in this space.

Source: Digitimes

Amazon Gives Student $6,000 Of Free Stuff

Robert Quinn is a 22 year old student in London and Amazon just took care of all the Christmas shopping and the cost of designing a cannabis grinder!

Last week the deliveries just started pouring in: he received a 55-inch 3D TV worth about $1,400, a Galaxy Tab Pro which would usually have set him back over $500, two more tablets, a leaf blower, a stroller, a PSP console, a projector and other items.

In an interview with Daily Mail Robert said the following:

“At first I phoned up Amazon and they said that people must be ‘gifting’ them to me, but there’s no way that’s happening because I don’t know any of these people,” he said.

“I was worried that people were losing out on their stuff so I phoned Amazon again and said I’m happy to accept these gifts if they are footing the cost, but I’m not happy if these people are going to lose out. But Amazon said ‘it’s on us’.”

The student said he would give away some of the products as Christmas presents, some to charity and sell others so he could fund a cannabis grinder he has been working on.

Here is a list of some items he received, you can read his interview here.

Item Price
Samsung 55 inch 3D TV £889
Galazy Tab Pro £338
Radeon R9 290X graphics card £250
Cosatto Supa Baby Buggy £150
Draper leaf blower £130
Large Nobo projector screen £120
Brabantia ironing board £70
Small Android tablet £70
Tonbux tablet £62
Bookcase £50
Dimplex Optiflame Heater £50
Mobius HD Action cam £50
Sony PSP console £50
Wahl professional shaver £50

iPad Sales Will Continue To Decline, Android To Dominate Tablet Market For Years

While Apple had a record quarter last time around, iPad sales continued to disappoint and decreased by 13%.

According to market research firm IDC that trend is going to continue. For the first time since the launch of the iPad it will see a year over year decline which is not surprising if you look at the last few quarters.

Currently the iPad has 27.5% market share which is forecasted to decline to 24.5% by 2018. Android is dominating the space with 67.7% market share but will also experience a slight decrease to 64%.

What Apple and Google leave on the table will benefit Microsoft. During the last earnings we already pointed out that strong demand for the Surface Pro 3 has increased tablet revenues to almost $1 billion and if IDC is right that will multiply as they predict the market share to increase from 4.6% to 11.4%.

Microsoft Earnings: Strong Growth, Xbox, Tablets and Nokia Impress

Microsoft released impressive earnings for the first quarter. The company experienced growth across all business divisions, the Xbox and Nokia numbers are especially positive.

Here are the highlights:

  • Revenue: $23.2 billion (up from $18.53 billion last year)
  • Nokia contributed $2.6 billion up from $1.99 a quarter earlier
  • Total Xbox sales were 2.4 million, a 102% increase
  • Surface revenue was $908 million
  • Cloud revenue increased by 128%
  • Office 365 subscribers grew by 25% to 7 million

Solid numbers across the board and the fact that Nokia is not only growing again but was contributed positive gross margins is impressive.

The Xbox one console launched in 28 new countries during the quarter which will help to continue the growth in this segment.

Last but not least it is worth pointing out that tablet sales is approaching the $1 billion mark which was led by demand for the new Surface Pro 3.

Tablet Growth Declining Quickly Because Of Low-Cost Notebooks And Large-Size Smartphones

IDC expects the volume to grow 6.5% on year to 230 million units, also lower than its original forecast of 12.1%.
NPD DisplaySearch expects global tablet shipments to reach 254 million units, up 2% on year, but far lower than its previous forecast of 14%.

The 7″ tablet segment is being hurt by large-sized smartphones and Chromebooks are hurting tablet sales as well since they are priced aggressively at $199.

During the fourth quarter all major notebook vendors are expected to launch additional windows based products in the price range of $199 – $249 which is why the research firms have adjusted their forecasted tablet numbers.

Dell Shows World’s Thinnest Tablet with 3D Camera

This week the Intel Developer Forum is taking place in San Francisco and Dell used that opportunity to show of the thinnest tablet currently available. The Venue 8 7000 measures only 6 mm, which is even thinner than the new iPhone 6!


Earlier this month, Sony showed the new Xperia Z3 tablet (6.4 mm) and took away the world’s thinnest tablet crown from the Samsung Galaxy Tab S (6.8 mm).

The 8.4″ tablet from Dell has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, the company did not release a price but did say it would be available in November.

The Dell Venue 8 7000 has a unique feature, it comes with Intel RealSense which analysis images and can recognize the depth of objects. That means you can not only save your images in 3D and watch them on a 3D TV later for example, you will also be able to change the focus and measure objects / distances. Continue reading

Toshiba Reveals Most Affordable 7″ Tablet – Windows 8.1 and Free Office 365

Toshiba has released a new tablet, the Encore Mini. It seems the Japanese company is serious about taking some market share in the tablet space as this must be one of the most interesting devices on the market.

As the penetration for tablets continues to grow and smartphones with larger screens have impacted the tablet sales as well, companies are looking at ways to get either new tablet users, make them upgrade or have a second device.

The 7″ Toshiba Encore Mini is running Windows 8.1, the display has a resolution of 1,024 x 600, a 2 MP camera and 16 GB of storage.

Toshiba Encore Mini

This is not a tablet you compare to the flagship models out there, that is not where Toshiba is positioning the product either. So why is it one of the most interesting tablets on the market? The company says it will be available for $119 in the US, that makes it the most affordable 7″ tablet from a well-known brand. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7″ for example retails for $149 and the Nexus 7 for $199. And on top of that, with the Toshiba Encore Mini you get 1 year of Microsoft Office 365 for free. That alone usually costs $99.

Technical Specifications:

OS Windows 8.1
Display 7″ 1,024 x 600 TFT
Camera Front 2 MP
Camera Rear 0.3 MP
Processor Intel Atom 1.33 GHz
Storage 16 GB + microSD
Battery 7h, no further details
Size 199 x 119.8 x 10.9