10 years ago, Microsoft launched the first Tablet PC, which at that time represented a revolution in technology. The time passed, the technology has evolved, and Microsoft was forced to succumb against the giant American competitor Apple that introduced in 2010 the concept of touch sensitive digital tablet.
A year later came new technologies, improved versions of these gadgets with faster processors, with a more ergonomic design, with a high quality resolution and more vivid colors. But which will be the technological trends for the next year in the tablet industry?
Tablets will be lighter and thinner
Next year the tablets will become much easier and also thinner than they were before. This change began at the end of this year: tablets with a diagonal of 10 inches weight between 500 and 600 grams, while the models appeared in early 2011 had over 700 grams.
There are more and more people that say that the time of notebooks will set due of the success that the tablets lately registered. As laptops, even notebooks weigh around 1 kilogram, the weight is an important issue, and portability is the watchword of modern man.
Nvidia Tegra 3 was the first Quad-Core launched in November of this year. The first tablet that implements this type of process was Asus Transformer Prime, launched in early December, is an enhanced version of the Eee Pad Transformer. The model with a capacity of 32GB has price of $500.
Although Nvidia was the first manufacturer that implemented four core processor technologies for tablets, there are other players in the field who responded to this challenge. Qualcomm has announced its first quad-core processor – Snapdragon S4 – which will appear in the second half of the next year. Micro-chip maker will use quad-core technology on the tablet with Windows 8.
Displays with high resolution
The image quality is give by the number of pixels and if is higher enough the colors are more pronounced and the picture is clearer. While iPad2 tablet has a resolution of 1024x768px and includes 132 pixels/inch, the next tablet Toshiba Thrive of 7″ will have a resolution of 1280x800px with a frequency of 225 pixels/inch which will provide a better quality image.
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